July 31, 2011

Grump Competition Winner George Dale

Yorkshire Grumps do battle at the annual "Grump" competition.

Grump Competition Winner George Dale (76) of Newby, Scarborough.

The contest has been held for the past three years at the village of Scalby, near Scarborough, in North Yorkshire.

Participants are invited to moan for one minute during the knock-out rounds, with their rants judged based on the laughs and cheers of the audience.

The winning moaner George Dale received a special trophy and the honour of being the grumpiest person in the community.

Scarborough Evening News

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York Evening Press
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BBC North Yorkshire

July 12, 2011


Boarded a Helicopter yesterday for a Photo Call at York Maze. Story Below...


A Yorkshire farmer has created the World’s largest spot the difference competition as a tribute to Harry Potter.

Farmer Tom Pearcy has carefully cut out two portraits of the boy wizard in his crop of maize plants at his field near York. With some subtle differences between the two images it creates the world’s largest spot the difference competition.

At over 50m in diameter each head is also believed to be the largest image of Daniel Radcliffe ever created. The images have been painstakingly carved out of over 1 million living maize plants. The 10km of pathways form an intricate maze for visitors to explore. York Maze is the largest maize maze in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

Tom Pearcy’s previous incredible maze designs have included a Spitfire, Astronaut, the Statue of Liberty and the Flying Scotsman.

Says Tom Pearcy, “I’m a big fan of Harry Potter and the release of the final film this summer marks the end of an era. I wanted to do something imaginative to say farewell to Harry, so creating the biggest image of him ever made and making it a spot the difference competition seemed like an interesting way to do that.

York Maze opens to visitors on Saturday 16 July and will be open every day until Sunday 4 September. www.yorkmaze.co.uk.

Thanks to Anna Gowthorpe (PA) for photo of me in the Helicopter.