Ex-Yorkshire police officer and BBC Country Cops star Mike Pannett has given his backing to the redevelopment of Lord Stones Country Park.
The bobby turned novelist – famous for his tales of policing in and around the North Yorkshire moors – was guest of honour at the opening of the new café, restaurant, shopping and camping facilities at the site at Carlton Bank, which has been extensively transformed by local landowners and brothers Dominic, Patrick and James Reeve.
In his speech to a packed-out café, which included Richard Gunton and Andy Wilson from the North York Moors National Park Authority, representatives from Welcome to Yorkshire, walking groups, councilors and the Visit Thirsk team, Mr Pannett said there was “something for everyone” at the upgraded park.
“I thought I knew North Yorkshire like the back of my hand but even I didn’t realise how beautiful this park is; it’s a hidden gem.
“Not only are there beautiful views, but the new facilities are first-rate, with a family-friendly feel and something for everyone, which is what this part of Yorkshire is all about.
“The North York Moors can often be overlooked in favour of the Dales but this development has really put the moors on the map.”
Mr Pannett was one of 50 guests at the launch event that enjoyed a tour of the new site, which includes state-of-the-art camping pods, a shop stocked with locally sourced food and a light and airy café and restaurant.
After the tours, guests tucked into a lunch of Bisdale Beltie steaks cooked on the café’s specialist Spanish Josper oven by newly appointed chef Michael Chase.