Alex Duckett - My Yorkshire weekend
PUBLISHED: 00:20 20 July 2013 | UPDATED: 18:49 26 July 2013
Alex Duckett, an associate at a leading estate agent talks romance and Rhinos
I met Clementine at a Lord’s Taverners event at the Queens Hotel in Leeds two years ago and in March this year she accepted my proposal on the bank of the River Swale at Kirkby Fleetham, where I used to go fishing as a child.
This came after a turbulent 12 months in which we had to decide between living in London, where Clementine worked as a lawyer, or build on the life I’d created in Yorkshire. We decided on Yorkshire, and it was absolutely the right choice.
I have a busy working week at Knight Frank in Leeds as an associate in the commercial agency team, so I always relish spending my weekends at home in North Yorkshire.
The best days kick off at Headingley Carnegie for a Rhinos’ game. We usually go with friends and meet my parents, Ronnie and Sheila, for a drink and a debrief after the game. Out of season Clementine and I like to spend our Friday evenings at our local, The George at Wath near Ripon, or at The Carpenters Arms in Felixkirk, where we can always persuade my great friend Will and his fiancé Tash to join us.
Saturday always starts with a big breakfast, the newspapers and the property press. After that, regardless of the weather, I’m normally ushered out the house for a long walk. We often follow suggested walks in local newspapers and magazines, which recently took us round Roecliffe at Boroughbridge along the River Ure to Westwick Lock. We refuelled afterwards with lunch at the Crown Inn, which does the most fantastic fish pie.
We love eating out and we’re very lucky to have some great pubs and restaurants nearby, including the Black Horse at Kirkby Fleetham, The Pheasant at Harome past Sutton Bank and William & Victoria’s on Cold Bath Road in Harrogate, where my older brother Oli and I think the Lamb Henry is immense.
There are always fantastic events to attend on Saturday night in Yorkshire, whether it’s a hunt ball, the Firecracker Ball or Picnic in the Park at Thirsk Hall.
I also work with a couple of charities, the Lord’s Taverners and St George’s Crypt, for whom I have sung and compered for at their charity version of the X Factor for the last two years. And I try to spend time over the weekend either attending or getting up to speed on some of the events we organise.
Sunday morning is typically spent talking to Clementine about her exciting plans for our wedding, although I do try and escape for a couple of hours to go fishing and secretly plan our honeymoon.
Travel is an important part of my life and I can spend hours reading and researching about my next trip. I sometimes think I prefer planning them to actually going. Lots of people have travel on their bucket list for later life, but I believe it should be high on everyone’s priority list to do early in life.
We usually spend Sunday afternoon over a roast dinner with family or friends and in the evenings attend Evensong at Ripon Cathedral, which is where we will marry next May.