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Archbishop of York Calls In at the World of James Herriot Thirsk

Ian Ashton and Archbishop of York at the statue of Alf Wight, ‘James Herriot’.

Wednesday 13th January 2016

The Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu visited the World of James Herriot last week as he journeyed on his Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing across North Yorkshire.

The Archbishop’s Pilgrimage walk brought him to Thirsk town centre, and whilst there, he took the opportunity to call into the World of James Herriot to see around the attraction and in particular, the Alf Wight, ‘James Herriot’ statue that was installed in the garden of the Centre in 2015.

“We were surprised but delighted to welcome Archbishop Sentamu to the World of James Herriott.  We had invited the Archbishop to the unveiling of the Statue in 2015 but he was unable to attend so he took this opportunity to visit to see the Statue as he was passing, and was very impressed.  He talked to the staff and walked around the buildings”, comments Ian Ashton, World of James Herriot managing director.

The Archbishop is pictured with Ian Ashton, managing director of World of James Herriot, beside bronze statue of Alf Wight, 'James Herriot,' that is set in the gardens of the attraction. The statue was installed in Spring 2015 when the James Herriot Foundation Trust was launched with aim of raising funds to support people wishing to gain a career in the animal care sector.

During his 6-month Pilgrimage in the Diocese of York, from 1 December 2015 to 22 May 2016, Archbishop Sentamu will be praying for people in the community and will take every opportunity to talk to everyone he meets about the love of God.  For opportunities to walk with the Archbishop, to pray with him and to follow and share in his journey, please visit:  


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For further information please contact:

Ian Ashton, World of James Herriot, 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 1PL

Tel: 01845 524234 E-mail:

Press Contact: John Gallery, Great Potential. Tel: 07967 032623


Notes for Editors: The World of James Herriot is located in the original home and surgery of the author in the market town of Thirsk. The attraction was formally owned by Hambleton District Council and is now operated as a private business. It is the focus for the Herriot Country Tourism Group, the destination marketing membership organisation that includes hotels, guesthouses, self-catering and other visitor attractions in the area.

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