My Yorkshire: Monica Green, Partners Group

Monica Green is a director and co-owner of York-based PR consultancy The Partners Group

Where do you live/where are you from?

I’m from Leeds originally and have been living in York for just over 10 years.

What is your favourite place to visit in Yorkshire and why?

My home. I have a busy lifestyle with full-time work and a busy family life. I love days out and trying new things but I always love coming home afterwards.

What is still on your “to do” list in the region?

Since having my son six years ago I’ve started to visit many of the family-friendly attractions in the region but there are still a few that I’ve yet to visit including Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Rievaulx Abbey and Billy Bob’s ice cream parlour, near Skipton.

What is the most memorable meal you’ve ever had in Yorkshire?

I had a fantastic Scandinavian inspired meal at Norse restaurant which is based at Baltzersen’s café in Harrogate. I met the owner whilst completing a business course and he treated our cohort to an end of term meal. It was fabulous food – certainly worth a Michelin star in my opinion – and there was a great atmosphere.

What is your most Yorkshire trait?

Despite making my living as a wordsmith and working in the world of PR for 20 years I do still like to call a spade a spade.

Favourite piece of trivia about the region.

I love the fact that Yorkshire boasts a ‘rhubarb triangle’, a small area between Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell. At one time, the ‘rhubarb triangle’ produced 90% of the world’s forced winter rhubarb.

What is your favourite cultural icon to come out of Yorkshire?

Sir Michael Parkinson – I have fond childhood memories of his TV show when he so charmingly interviewed some of the world’s most famous people. Favourite encounters include Rod Hull and Emu, Mohammed Ali and Peter Kay.

Worst experience or thing about Yorkshire?

The weather – far too much wind and rain; but I could say that about the rest of Britain too!

What is one thing you’d steal from Lancashire (or other UK regions) if you could?

I’d steal the West End from London. Whist we have great theatre in this region we always have to wait for the West End shows to travel before we can see them here.

What is the most overrated thing about Yorkshire?

Yorkshire puddings. Yes, they are lovely but I’d rather have an extra portion of Yorkshire lamb and fresh veg on my plate.