Journalist Bill Mitchell's job is to chronicle the lives of the people who inhabit the landscape he loves - the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. His magazine, The Dalesman, has a circulation of 56,000 but it is estimated to be read by more than half a million people every month. These readers are scattered not just throughout Yorkshire, but can be found in Bhutan and the Falklands. Now, after forty years as reporter and editor, Bill Mitchell - one of the best-loved characters - is to retire. Alan Bennett narrates and Richard Whiteley reports on Bill's travels as he meets shepherds, farmers and other true Dales folk.
This is a film in two parts. Made by Eddie Percy of Settle, the film features the Settle Conservative Association Donkey Derby in July, 1964 as well as a traction rally at Harewood House.