A Week in the Life column with Keith Tordoff

Celebrating with Harrogate Water at the town's bus station during the launch of the number 24 bus service.
Celebrating with Harrogate Water at the town's bus station during the launch of the number 24 bus service.

Many people say following show day things quieten down around Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale. Well let me tell you I disagree with that statement or certainly things don’t seem to quieten down for me. How about 17 cyclists pulling up on the High Street to grab pies and sweets on their charity bike ride around Nidderdale.

Anne Jones the Mayor of Harrogate had given me prior notice that a charity cycle ride in aid of Disability Action Yorkshire was going to be coming through Pateley Bridge.

For such a worthwhile cause which was being completed on a horrible rainy day it was only right that the riders led by Neil Revely, the chairman of Disability Action Yorkshire should be given a warm welcome in Pateley Bridge.

Photos taken, the riders set off to tackle Trapping Hill at Lofthouse – one of the ‘five killer hills’ as they are known in Nidderdale.

On Sunday morning I was waiting at the Harrogate Bus Station to be part of the launch of the number 24 bus to Pateley on the new revised Sunday winter timetable.

The service had been under threat of being axed until a campaign to save it was launched supported by this newspaper.

The Nidderdale community pulled together and one of its residents and his wife recognising the importance of the service to the community stepped in to help save the service.

So there I was at Harrogate Bus Station joined by James and Nicky Cain owners of Harrogate Water (the saviours of the number 24 Pateley to Harrogate bus service on Sunday) having generously agreed to sponsor the service for the next two years.

James and Nicky had come along with their two daughters and their dog Bella (dogs can travel on the bus).

Representatives of the Dales Bus Company were also there having played an integral part in saving the bus service through their knowledge and expertise as well as a financial contribution.

Alex Hornby the chief executive of the Harrogate bus company was there to welcome the assembled gathering before the bus left for Pateley Bridge at 10:15am.

I say assembled gathering as there were many others who had come along to make the journey including the parents of James Cain, a walking group and regular bus passengers.

There was a group photo taken in front of the bus which was about to embark on its scenic journey to Pateley Bridge. We all held our bottles of Harrogate Water in the air in celebration of the service saved.

The shiny red bus with passengers on board left Harrogate bus station on route to Nidderdale and Pateley Bridge.

On arrival in Pateley Bridge we were met by the Town Mayor Chris Hawksworth.

Chris is council leader of Pateley Bridge Town Council who also stepped in with a financial contribution towards saving the winter Sunday bus service.

A warm welcome for the 25 passengers in Pateley Bridge all thanks to a real community effort and more photos to record the occasion.

A busy week ahead with Gloria and myself giving a talk to the T&T (Tea and Talk) group on Tuesday at Norwood Social Hall and on Wednesday evening another to the WI at Bishop Monkton.

Not so quiet after all following show day and I didn’t even mention about the community hero awards and food festival at the end of October which we are in the process of organising.