Petrol station cashier Mal Thomson proved his credentials as a true Tyke on the day God’s own county marked its special day.

Harrogate-based online estate agent chose Yorkshire Day (August 1) to challenge Facebook fans to name five Yorkshire locations where pictures posted on its page had been taken.

But, while the test proved too tough for some, former Rossett School pupil Mal was first to identify images snapped at Sutton Bank near Thirsk , Bempton Cliffs near Flamborough, Scar House Reservoir in the heart of Upper Nidderdale, Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale and Whitby’s famous harbour.

And what better reward for a proper Yorkshireman than a Weetons hamper of handmade goodies, including a selection of Yorkshire ales, parkin, brack and Yorkshire relish.

Mal said:

“The only one I really struggled with was the picture of Bolton Abbey but I remembered some of the names from history lessons from school so I knew I’d get there in the end.

“I’m Harrogate born and bred but I’m delighted to have proved my Yorkshire roots.”’s managing director David Rook said he hoped the online competition helped to highlight Yorkshire’s many natural assets.

He said:

“Sometimes we forget just how lucky we are to live in a part of the world which boasts spectacular scenery as well as some of the nicest and most desirable towns and cities in the UK.

“The competition was our way of showing off some of Yorkshire’s many charms, meet some new people online and to have a little fun on Yorkshire Day.”

Facebook Comp Winner (press)
Mark Radford of presents eagle-eyed Mal Thomson with his prize

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