My Yorkshire: Cathy Thomas, Banner Jones Solicitors
Cathy Thomas is a director and commercial law solicitor for Banner Jones, which has offices in Chesterfield, Mansfield and Sheffield.
Where do you live/where are you from?
I was born and raised in Doncaster and although I have strayed ever so slightly (I now live in Blyth – a village on the outskirts of Yorkshire, just bordering with Nottinghamshire) I still commute daily to Sheffield where I work.
What is your favourite place to visit in Yorkshire and why?
I love the Yorkshire Wildlife Park; somewhere I go frequently with my two children. I think it is a huge asset to the area and it’s been great to see it expanding so rapidly over the last few years as it has gone from strength to strength.
What is still on your “to do” list in the region?
Believe it or not, I still haven’t been to the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham. I am absolutely determined to go, so it’s definitely on my to do list for 2017.
What is the most memorable meal you’ve ever had in Yorkshire?
Without a doubt, this was during a visit to Rudding Park in Harrogate. The food is absolutely amazing, and I would go as far as to say its Michelin star standard without the hefty price tag.
What is your most Yorkshire trait?
I think the region is renowned for being welcoming and friendly and I like to think that I am the same, I certainly wear my heart on my sleeve.
Favourite piece of trivia about the region.
Tish, the world’s oldest goldfish, was won at a funfair in Doncaster in 1956. He died in 1999 and was buried in his owner’s garden.
What is your favourite cultural icon to come out of Yorkshire?
I loved listening to Pulp when I was a teenager, so it has to be Jarvis Cocker.
Worst experience or thing about Yorkshire?
The worst thing for me is queuing on the Sheffield Parkway to get into the town centre every morning. Although the City Centre road network has been greatly improved over the last few years, the Parkway really needs another lane to ease congestion.
What is one thing you’d steal from Lancashire (or other UK regions) if you could?
Black pudding, and I regularly do!
What is the most overrated thing about Yorkshire?
I don’t think there is anything overrated about Yorkshire, I love living and working in the area and I never intend to leave. (Although if you really pushed me for an answer, I suppose better weather would be welcome!)