209Hambleton residents are being reminded that they can visit ‘The World of James Herriot’ for free next weekend.

Not only can they look around the recreated 1940s home in Thirsk but they can see the latest addition to the centre – a life size bronze statue of Alf Wight  (James Herriot) set in the garden of the attraction.

The offer which is open to anyone living in the Hambleton district is part of the on-going celebrations throughout the year celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Alf Wight.

Previously owned by the local council, the World of James Herriot is now a privately operated company whose management has a vision to continually develop it and attract more visitors including the launch of the James Herriot Legacy Fund initiative which aims to provide bursaries for people wishing to enter the animal care world and for whom the James Herriot stories have been an inspiration.

The free days are 23 and 24 January, 2016 – the centre will be open from 10am until 4pm (last admission 3pm) and tickets are limited to 2 adults and 2 children per household – the offer is only valid on production of proof of residency such as a utility bill or driving licence.

The centre also won ‘Best Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’ in this year’s VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, following the Welcome to Yorkshire’s White Rose Award for the ‘Best Yorkshire Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’ in 2014.