Yorkshire Day heroes: Girl power conquered the Atlantic

Yorkshire Rows (l-r) Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg and Frances Davies.  at Welcome to Yorkshire after their record breaking Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Picture Bruce Rollinson
Yorkshire Rows (l-r) Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg and Frances Davies. at Welcome to Yorkshire after their record breaking Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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THE OLDEST female crew to row across an ocean were nominated as true Yorkshire Day heroes for their courage.

Niki’s mum Andrea Rhodes, who nominated the York-based team, said: “It takes a special kind of courage to row the Atlantic when you are in your forties and all for charity.”

Speaking at an event in March that marked their safe return to the White Rose county after completing the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of the Welcome to Yorkshire tourism agency, said what they had achieved represented ‘Yorkshire’ in every way,

He said: “They have grit, determination and are absolutely bonkers. They are fantastic ambassadors for the county.”

For possible use in the YP From the Archive series.''10th May 1988''THE MIGHTY Mallard, pride of Britain's railway history, puffed into Leeds Station today with a raging thirst.''It was pulling such a heavy load - 12 carriages carrying 250 top Post Office customers and stamp collectors - that it needed extra water supplies at Holbeck.''"The last thing we wanted was the boiler blowing up on Britain's pride and joy," said Mr Philip Round, Post Office Information Officer.''Mallard was making a special run across the Pennines from Manchester Victoria to mark two major anniversaries:

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