Crowds Flock To Hear The Yorkshire Vet

Date: 18 February 2020

Peter Wright, star of the hit TV series The Yorkshire Vet, received a warm welcome from a packed audience at the Galtres Centre. 

At an event organised to raise funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research, Peter spoke about his early days as a young trainee working in Thirsk with Alf Wight, better known as James Herriot.  


Ticket sales and a raffle raised £2,900 at an event with TV's The Yorkshire Vet organised to raise funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research

Now a hugely experienced vet, Peter has followed in Alf’s footsteps and become a famous name in his own right with nine series of The Yorkshire Vet under his belt and two successful books published. 

He entertained a sell-out audience with tales about the real-life characters made famous in the All Creatures Great and Small books and TV programmes in the 1970s and 80s. 

Peter also talked about his experiences filming The Yorkshire Vet, including two recent confrontations with an injured, bad tempered reindeer, and his long friendship with Steve and Jean Green. 

At the age of 91, Steve is thought to be Britain’s oldest working famer, and the engaging couple’s regular appearances on The Yorkshire Vet, along with their 18 cats, donkeys and dog, are a highlight of the show.  

The evening, attended by 185 people, was organised by Yorkshire Cancer Research’s Galtres voluntary fundraisers. Together, they have raised more than £400,000 since 1970 to help people in Yorkshire avoid and survive cancer.

Wendy Stirke, Chair of the volunteer group said: “It was a real pleasure to welcome Peter to Easingwold. There was huge interest and we could easily have sold more tickets. He’s such an entertaining speaker and we thank him, and everyone who came along, for making the evening such a success.”

Ticket sales and a raffle raised £2,900, which will help fund vital research and services to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer across the region. 


Peter Wright, star of the hit TV series The Yorkshire Vet, received a warm welcome from a packed audience at the Galtres Centre

Andy Wilson from Yorkshire Cancer Research spoke at the event to thank volunteers for organising the event and everyone who had supported it. He explained how the funds raised will help save lives. For example, the charity is currently funding a groundbreaking lung screening trial designed to find cancer before any signs and symptoms develop when treatment options and the likelihood of survival are far greater.

The screening takes place in a mobile unit which travels to supermarket and shopping centre car parks across Leeds so it is easier for people to take part. More than 300 lung cancers are expected to be found and treated during the four-year programme.

For more information about Yorkshire Cancer Research, visit www.ycr.org.uk


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Contact:

Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: nikki@ycr.org.uk

About Yorkshire Cancer Research

•    Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity. 
•    Current statistics show that 594 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. 
•    Our mission is for 2,000 more people to survive cancer every year in Yorkshire. 
•    There are lots of cancer problems across the region that need to be tackled on a local level. We work in partnership with researchers, clinicians, the NHS, public health bodies and other charities to fund innovative work in four key areas: prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and clinical trials. 
•    For more information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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