Preparations are gathering pace for Bankstone’s 2009 charity fundraiser, Monkey Moviestars. Nothing to do with Cheetah, King Louie, Clyde or Curious George, the two-day event involves (as usual) haring round Yorkshire on monkey bikes and visiting pre-assigned points of interest along the way.

The theme this year is famous films and TV programmes shot in Yorkshire. The full itinerary is yet to be confirmed ‚ but some of the locations slated for possible inclusion are Goathland (Harry Potter), Halifax Piece Hall (Brassed Off), Scarborough (Little Voice), Aysgarth Falls (Robin Hood, Ponce of Thieves), Ilkley (A Private Function), Barnsley (Kes), Castle Howard (Brideshead Revisited), Whitby (The BBC’s Dracula), Elland Road (Damned United), and Grimsby Docks (Atonement).

The event takes place on 11th and 12th July, and ‚ adverse weather, breakdowns etc, permitting ‚ will cover between 300 and 400 miles in all.

Aside from raising money to support the life-saving work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance service, the plan is to re-enact scenes from famous films at the famous locations concerned… on monkey bikes. This might sound only mildly disturbing if you are talking about some borrowed brass instruments in Halifax or perhaps a scarf and a bear at Castle Howard. But also on the list are The Full Monty (Sheffield) and, more worryingly still, Calendar Gils (Wharfedale). Not for the faint-hearted or squeamish.

Anyone wishing to support this excellent cause can make a donation at

If you would like to take part – or offer your support in any other way – please contact Bankstone’s Dickon Tysoe.


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