YEP Says (Nov 10): So, welcome to Yorkshire Gary Barlow!

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HOPEFULLY we won’t be seeing Gary Barlow in a flat cap walking a whippet any time soon (away with those cliches!) – but let us be among the first to congratulate the superstar on being appointed an Honorary Yorkshireman.

The Take That singer/songwriter received the award from Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, during a surprise appearance at last night’s White Rose Awards, for his work in creating The Girls, a music based on the fabulous women of Rylstone WI who created a nude calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research.

The Girls will premiere at Leeds Grand Theatre on November 14.

It all made for quite a night at the First Direct Arena – for the city of Leeds, for our great county and, of course for all the tourism businesses shortlisted, highly commended and especially those named winners.

It seems Yorkshire is on a tourism and cultural high, appreciated by those who live and work here and, dare we say it, envied by those who don’t.

Welcome to the fold Gary Barlow, there’s many an ‘incomer’ who’ll be looking on at this most recent accolade with jealous eyes.

Congratulations, too, to Welcome to Yorkshire, for creating an event that reminds us all that the tag ‘grim oop north’ is well and truly dead and buried.