Apr 14, 2012

The Spa Town of Harrogate North Yorkshire



A turning point in the town’s fortunes was when the first spring was discovered in 1571. A book published by Edward Deane, The Spa Fountain in 1626 told of the medicinal properties of the iron and sulphur rich waters. Its fame as a spa town was assured. The town’s population increased from 4000 in 1831 to around 25,000 by the dawn of the 2oth century. Read more… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HarrogateBrig

Does anyone remember the Follyfoot TV series? It was filmed near here in the Harewood Estate! Happy childhood memories! Here’s more… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Follyfoot

Today 14th April we are in this beautiful town although we couldn’t control the cold, windy and wet weather! We left the hotel and it was drizzling. Parked up in the multi story carpark as near as we could to the shop and guess what, the heavens opened! One brolly between us meant my hair had to be saved – sorry, it’s at times like this that it is good to be a manBob and you don’t have to worry about your hairstyle!

Not too surprisingly it wasn’t busy in Harrogate but the sandwiches from the deli nearby were delicious and the staff were great!

Carole Dove travelled from York just to see us and get her signed copy and Janet and Archie came from Barnsley! Then we got a great surprise as a former colleague from Calder Valley came into the store by coincidence and couldn’t quite believe his eyes! Nice to see you too Andy! :-)

Lovely meal in the hotel; Note to myself, must get a pic of the hotel for you tomorrow, if it stops raining that is!

BGT on the menu for now and early night, ready for Leeds/Bradford International Airport tomorrow! Wonder who we’ll see there?

Night All!

 Waterstones Harrogate – when it stopped raining!



 Archie, Janet and Bob

Bob & Andy

Carol at the stand




  • Love the photos…doesn’t Bob look dashing? :)

    All the very best to you both – hope it’s a smashing success!

  • Hoping to see you Tuesday or Wednesday x

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