As the gynaecologist said on the occasion of his retirement, the speculation is finally over. Bankstone has announced that The Yorkshire town upon which the honour of providing overnight accommodation for participants in this year’s Medieval Monkey charity fundraising event is… Wetherby.

With just two weeks to go, they’ll barely have time to get the bunting hung.

Fact finding Mission

Even as you read this, the Bankstone News team will be out on the roads of Yorkshire with chief monkey Dixon Tyson checking out some of the historic monuments and landmarks at which the charity monkeybikers will be stopping at the end of the month.

Your intrepid reporters will be carrying out vital tasks such as seeing if there’s somewhere to park all those monkey bikes, checking out the local amenities, eating baps, butties and anything else beginning with B they can get their hands on – washed down with gallons of local ale (or coffee in Mr Tyson’s case, coffee cos he’s driving).

Will they be calling in at Wetherby to test the springs in the Mercure Wetherby Hotel’s executive junior suite mattresses? Certainly not. And, quite frankly, what the hell kind of a question is that supposed to be?!

Exactly what fresh challenges and opportunities this round-Yorkshire fact finding road trip may throw up is anyone’s guess at this point. Please be assured, however, that we’ll be bringing you fully up to date in next week’s issue of Bankstone News (the last one but one before the big event itself).

Historical mystery solved

In the meantime we can reveal that the mysterious ‘historical reenactment’ taking place at Sherrif Hutton Castle at the same time the Medieval Monkeyists will be calling in (about which, regular readers will doubtless recall) we have been trying to find out about for so long turns out to be… us.

So basically: a bunch of idiots in fancy dress on monkeybikes. What a bitter disappointment!

A strange young man arrives at Jean's cottage the next morning with a gift of pheasants.

A strange young man arrives at Jean’s cottage the next morning with a gift of pheasants.



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