Reverend Kate Bottley - Good Morning Sunday presenter

PUBLISHED: 00:00 13 December 2019

Rev Kate Bottley (c) John Mannell

Rev Kate Bottley (c) John Mannell

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Rev Kate Bottley grew up in Sheffield and studied in Leeds. A much-loved vicar, she co-presents Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2. Kate now lives in Nottinghamshire with her husband Graham, children Ruby and Arthur and dog Buster

Something in Yorkshire that makes you smile

The murals painted by artist Paul McKee in Sheffield, especially the greyhound dog, Frank, pinching a packet of HobNobs down on Burton Road. Make me grin every time I see them. I'm owned by a fawn greyhound called Buster who likes nicking biscuits too, so McKee's mural always makes me smile. Plus Graham and I were married at St John's Church, Owlerton, which is just by the greyhound dog track. Greyhounds hold a very special place in my heart.

A place you love to eat

I think the best place to eat in the whole of Yorkshire is the Great Yorkshire Show. I first filmed there two years ago with BBC One's Songs of Praise and managed to delay quite a lot of the filming by nipping off to taste some of the beautiful food. I particularly loved the cheese from Shepherd's Purse (their Yorkshire Blue and Fettle cheese is sensational) and the 'squeaky' cheese made at Yorkshire Dama Cheese, founded by Syrian refugee and adopted Yorkshire woman, Razan Alsous, is well worth hunting down. Razan came on Good Morning Sunday and she is inspirational.

To take friends

I first went to Saltaire when I was a student at Trinity University in Leeds (or Trinity and All Saints as it was known back then) and I fell in love. I can spend far too much money in the shops there, get lost looking at the Hockneys in Salts Mill and wander round the streets. I love taking friends there and watching them see it for the first time.

A childhood memory

I used to love going to Sheffield Castle market on a Saturday after dancing class to pick the joint of meat for Sunday. If I was lucky my mum would buy me a little tray of cockles soaked in vinegar that would be so strong it felt like it burnt my throat. In the summer we'd go the seaside and I'd be allowed cockles then too and we'd buy a bag of chips to go with the ham sandwiches that my mum had brought in a Tupperware box.

A cultural go-to

I love the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield which celebrates the work of artist Barbara Hepworth. A beautifully designed building set in glorious gardens with an inspirational collection and changing exhibitions. I go for a morning and stay all day.

Inspiration outdoors

I swim outside everyday including all the way through the winter, no wetsuit. My usual swims are in and around Sheffield. There's a growing community of cold water swimmers and a wonderful bunch called 'The Dales Dippers', who make the most of the beautiful Yorkshire dales. On a recent visit they organised a night swim at Janet's Foss, a waterfall and pool near Malham and a stonkingly good warming whisky in the pub afterwards. It's something I won't forget.

A place for indulgence

Going to the cinema on my own. Our county has some wonderful picture houses. At university in Leeds I loved the Cottage Road cinema but it's difficult to beat the Showroom in Sheffield. I've spent many happy hours in the darkness indulging my passion.

A Yorkshire view that inspires

The sight of Park Hill flats as I get into Sheffield on the train, York Minster, my Mum's Yorkshire puddings fresh out the oven, final score flashing across the TV screen saying Sheffield United have beaten Wednesday at Bramhall Lane! But I think Robin Hood's Bay might just be my favourite view in the whole world, particularly out of season, in the rain.

I'm never happier than when

I've just been for a very cold swim at Rivelin plunge pool and we've called for a pint of Bradfield Brewery Farmer's Blonde on the way home.

When I get home I know there's a rabbit and lamb stew in the oven and a bottle of Henderson's relish to have with it. It's a little piece of heaven.

Three words that sum up your best Yorkshire life …

God's own county. 

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