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Sir Gary Verity - why I love Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 00:00 18 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:57 19 June 2015

Yorkshire champion Gary Verity, who promotes the county around the world

Yorkshire champion Gary Verity, who promotes the county around the world

Simon Wilkinson - simon@swpix.com

The chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, talks rollercoasters, cricket and breathtaking views

I was born and bred in Yorkshire and had a hugely interesting childhood within its borders. I have too many great memories of good times spent in our wonderful county to list, but family holidays are always special.

I’ll always remember holidays to Flamingo Land and my father taking me to see all manner of shows, which made me see just how unique and diverse our county could be.

Like millions of others, our stunning Yorkshire coast has provided me with some memorable breaks with its truly breathtaking views, clean air and, let’s be honest, some of the best fish and chips on the planet.

I really believe that every part of Yorkshire is special in its own way. Whether we’re talking about the scenery, our inspirational people or rich heritage, the county has something for everyone and I enjoy nothing more than talking about all the great things we have to offer as part of my working life.

Wherever my job takes me as I promote the region around the world, I am always happiest when I see the signs for Yorkshire again because, clichéd as it might sound, I know then that I am truly home.

Yorkshire is not only where I live and work, it’s my life and I am extremely proud to be a Yorkshireman. I have seen so much change in the county. The growth of our cities and towns is something that has amazed me; they are almost unrecognisable from 20 years ago and are now on a par with some of the greatest in the world.

I am an avid sports fan and have followed Leeds United from a young age. My love for cycling is also no secret and I feel privileged and proud to have helped bring the Tour de France Grand Départ to the county last year and the follow-up Tour de Yorkshire, which was such a success in May.

Cricket is another passion of mine and I’m proud to be president of the world’s oldest cricket festival in Scarborough, which has one of the most dramatic seafront backdrops you’re likely to see anywhere.

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