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 Michaels 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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