This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first issue of what is now The Dalesman, originally The Yorkshire Dalesman. The magazine initially covered just the Dales, that incomparable area which lies securely in the heart of every true-born Yorkshireman, but for a long time now The Dalesman has extended its reach to the County as a whole. The anniversary has been marked by a news item on the BBC Look North programme, which noted that the first issue, in March 1939, was introduced by J B Priestley as the most eminent living Yorkshireman. In welcoming the magazine Priestley wrote that practical reasons prevented his actually living in the Dales ‘but I believe that one day I shall return to their high hills and grey-green valleys and lovely peace’. And of course he did, for his ashes are buried somewhere in the churchyard of the beautiful little church of St Michael’s and All Angels, Hubberholme – the place he so eloquently described as ‘one of the smallest and pleasantest places in the world’. We offer our congratulations to the magazine and wish its continued success.
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- "J.B. Priestley is one of our literary icons of the 20th Century. And it is time that we all became re-acquainted with his genius." Dame Judi Dench
"Priestley is one of the finest and most popular storytellers of the last hundred years. We are now aware many of his stories have a prophetic quality." Dame Margaret Drabble
"Abundant life flows through J.B. Priestley’s books. He was the last of his kind. He produced work of dazzling variety and rich profusion. I still treasure his work and salute the memory of the remarkable man who made it. " Stan Barstow