13 reasons why Bradford is the greatest city in the UK

Some wouldn’t agree, but as the City of my birth I have a soft spot. We still have much to shout about!

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VLUU L310W L313 M310W / Samsung L310W L313 M310W  Please Credit: Tim Green/Flickr Bradford is worth a second look (Picture: Tim Green/Flickr)

Bradford – it may not be the city that comes to everyone’s mind first as the greatest place in the UK.

But those of us who were born and raised there, or discovered it later in life, know it has a surprising amount to offer.

From its fantastic mix of famous sons and fabulous food to green spaces and culture – here’s why Bradford deserves a second look.

1. It’s given birth to some world class talent

This image released by Starpix shows members of One Direction, from left, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, and Liam Payne at the  premiere of the film "One Direction:This Is Us," at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.  (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca) If it wasn’t for Bradford, these guys would be a man down for a start (Picture: AP)

David Hockney, the Bronte sisters, JB Priestley and Frederick Delius all hailed from Bradford, as does Dynamo and only One Direction’s Zayn Malik. It must be something in the Yorkshire Water.

2. Bradford invented school dinners

Friends forever! (Picture: PA) Hang on, where are the chips and lumpy custard? (Picture: PA)

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Happy Yorkshire Day

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Being a proud Yorkshire lass I have to wish all my friends and followers a Very Happy Yorkshire Day and display the Yorkshire White Rose and a few of my favorite Yorkshire things on my blog today!

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Got to love Yorkshire Tea – the best in the world!

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Yorkshire puds are yummy..
Just like Grandma used to make!

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My favorite Yorkshire seaside town.
Walk the 199 Abbey steps to the beautiful ruins of the Abbey, where the foundations date back to the 12th century.
Award winning fish and chips at ”The Magpie”

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My favorite city of York and where I had the pleasure of living and working for a short time.
So much to see in history and culture.

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York again!
The castle.

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Spectacular Malham cove in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
Memories of weekend walks with the children.

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The steam train at Haworth railway station.
Haworth is a beautiful historical village and was the home of the famous ”Bronte”Sisters.
I visited this place often as I was born and grew up in this area.
Wonderful memories!

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Haworth Moor..
Said to be Emily Bronte’s setting for Wuthering Heights!
Wild and wonderful!

Not to forget the Yorkshire anthem

”ILKLEY MOOR BAHT’AT”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=xON7p_Y-yaI

Instrumental version and images of the town of Ilkley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=D1cueuKaS1c

 I hope you enjoyed my little pieces of Yorkshire ”God’s county”

If you need a translation of  the song into the Queens English, I will try my best!  BAHT’AT in Yorkshire means ”without a hat” and the moral to the tale is ”always wear a hat on Ilkley Moor when you are taking out a young lady, otherwise you will catch your death of cold! ”

Love Gem Xx