Georgey Spanswick - my Yorkshire life

PUBLISHED: 00:00 20 July 2020 | UPDATED: 10:58 20 July 2020

Georgey Spanswick

Georgey Spanswick


Broadcaster Georgey Spanswick presents the weekday breakfast show on BBC Radio York

Something in Yorkshire that makes you smile

It has to be the people. Talking to so many people on the radio you get some great stories and above all, when things get tough, then it’s the laughter that never fails. Recently during lockdown I spoke to a mother who nominated her son as a ‘make-a-difference hero’. He’d been going out in Thirsk after his day job and sanitising public spaces. We chatted with him on another phone and he told me about his FOUR children… his mum pipes up ‘after lockdown there could be a fifth on the way Georgey’. In all this sadness that did raise a smile.

A place you love to eat

Me and the boyfriend (at my age…) really like the Punch Bowl Inn at Marton Cum Grafton – lovely garden in summer but SO cosy in winter. Always a nice welcome and great food.

To take friends

See above… also if we’re treating the Southern visitors then Crab And Lobster at Asenby but that’s a mega treat.

A childhood memory

This is a little tricky, I’m a Southern bird with Northern soul, so childhood was spent somewhere on a shingle beach with sarnies and no sand at Bognor or Brighton.

A cultural go-to

I used to spend a lot of time at Salts Mill, Saltaire but nowadays I’m a sucker for a stately home. I love Newby Hall (fingers crossed for the Autumn Flower Show) and Beningborough Hall, which are within striking distance.

Inspiration outdoors

I spend a lot of time in my garden, pottering and I LOVE Scampston Walled Garden for a flower fix.

A place for indulgence

A feet treat… pedicure at The Beauty Shop in Boroughbridge (they’ll have a job on following lockdown) and I’m hoping to see the girls there soon.

A Yorkshire view that inspires

I love the White Horse at Kilburn, I see it everyday on my journey home. Can’t quite believe it’s been there since the 1850s and covers more than an acre of ground. They say it all began with a school teacher and his pupils but earlier accounts in the 1840s talk of horse wars! Talking of wars, it had to be concealed from enemy bombers during WW2 as it was a landmark locator!

I’m never happier than when

I’m at home (mainly in my little summer house). I get up at 4am during the week so weekend mornings are a real bonus to be able to have breakfast in my pjs. Family and friends feature heavily, I’ve got two stepdaughters and now they’re in their 20s and carving their own lives it’s great to catch up. In the summer it’s a bit of a do in the garden and at Christmas, cosy round the fire and when my mob from the south come and stay – it’s just the laughs I love!

Three words that sum up your best Yorkshire life

Living the dream 

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