A few years back we regularly stayed for Christmas at the Best Western Monkbar Hotel in York, and had a lovely time!
Apart from getting to know the lovely city of York and the surrounding countryside, the greatest thing to have come from our stays at the hotel, was a long-standing friendship with the then Director, June Geddes,
Since then we have met up with June on a number of occasions, who still lives close to Harrogate, despite having retired from the hotel.
June now has a packed life, doing all the travelling and things she wanted to, but didn’t have time for then, even though she still does some consultancy - to keep her hand in!
June is such a lovely lady, and epitomises all the best things about Yorkshire folk!
Although previous versions of On Ilkley… are still dedicated to June and the hotel, when I produced this one for piano duet - and where, as usual, I have made a few subtle changes to my original - I thought it an ideal opportunity to update the dedication, to reflect June’s ’life update’ since retiring from the Monkbar.