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Herriot memorabilia to help Blue Cross

Fans of James Herriot can take a trip down memory lane and help animals in need, thanks to a generous legacy from the late vet, author and Blue Cross supporter, Alf Wight.

Alf Wight’s family have given The Blue Cross several items of unique Herriot memorabilia, including the typewriter used to write many of the Herriot books, to be auctioned this October in aid of the charity’s work.

Alf, better known by his pen-name James Herriot, helped make Yorkshire life famous with his stories of days spent in the dales attending to animals - all based on his real-life experiences. His books were translated into 40 languages, selling 10 million copies, and in 1978 the BBC created the popular series All Creatures Great & Small which ran for 13 years.

Although Alf sadly passed away in 1995, his memory lives on through the World of James Herriot centre in Thirsk and the JA Wight Memorial Award, presented annually by The Blue Cross in recognition of outstanding contributions to the welfare of companion animals.

For details of the lots and how to bid, visit and click on the auction banner on the home page.