Gary Verity and Liz Wilson receive honorary degrees from University of York

Gary Verity receives honorary degree

Gary Verity pictured at The University of York after collecting his honorary degree

Liz Wilson pictured at The University of York after collecting her honorary degree

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GARY Verity, the man credited by many with bringing the Tour de France to Yorkshire, has been honoured by the University of York.

The Welcome To Yorkshire chief executive joins Liz Wilson, chief executive of York Theatre Royal, along with Nobel laureates, authors, scientists, humanitarians, and other influential people in Yorkshire who have received honorary degrees this week.

Mr Verity, who took on the role in 2008 and is also chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and Humber Committee, has raised the profile of Yorkshire on a national and international level.

The award-winning Dales sheep farmer who lives on a working farm near Leyburn boasts a strong record of leadership ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to large-scale transformations within FTSE100 companies, including turning four years of losses into profit at Bradford and Bingley's retail property services arm.

Liz Wilson has been an active member of the city's cultural community since her appointment at York Theatre Royal in December 2009, helping to promote York's contemporary cultural strengths and working to attract a more diverse audience.

Under her leadership the theatre is undergoing a £4million refurbishment and has one of the busiest education and community departments in the country, with a thriving youth theatre and the nationally recognised TakeOver festivals.

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2:02pm Sat 19 Jul 14

vax2002 says...

Pity they did not give him the Bill for the TDF.

We have the thick end of 50 Million to find over the next few years.
Pity they did not give him the Bill for the TDF. We have the thick end of 50 Million to find over the next few years. vax2002
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4:00pm Sat 19 Jul 14

naburn says...

Bloomin'eck! a degree for bringing York to a halt for a day...
Bloomin'eck! a degree for bringing York to a halt for a day... naburn
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11:23pm Sat 19 Jul 14

eeoodares says...

I would knight the man, well done Gary. You have made a massive difference to this City and this County!
I would knight the man, well done Gary. You have made a massive difference to this City and this County! eeoodares
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4:27am Sun 20 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

naburn wrote:
Bloomin'eck! a degree for bringing York to a halt for a day...
oh big bloody deal... one day. Oh, let's forget the other 364 days when you can drive your car and cause congestion anywhere in this ancient city, even down the bus lane of Coppergate, without restriction - no, let's focus on the one day when the city was closed off and people had, OH NO, drive down a different road (I think I can hear a woman screaming in the background at the very idea).

Get a grip.
[quote][p][bold]naburn[/bold] wrote: Bloomin'eck! a degree for bringing York to a halt for a day...[/p][/quote]oh big bloody deal... one day. Oh, let's forget the other 364 days when you can drive your car and cause congestion anywhere in this ancient city, even down the bus lane of Coppergate, without restriction - no, let's focus on the one day when the city was closed off and people had, OH NO, drive down a different road (I think I can hear a woman screaming in the background at the very idea). Get a grip. Magicman!
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1:34pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Jack Ham says...

And the economic legacy we were promised by James Alexander, Kersten England and Sonja Crisp when they chose to borrow hundreds of thousands of pounds the people of York will be paying back for decades to pay for this one day event?

They've all been conspicuously quiet so far? What will it be, how much and when?

We know the debt repayment schedule but where is the income schedule to balance against this?

I suspect the great community spirit engendered by this event will allow them to get away with this one. I agree, it was a nice day.

But at the cost of fewer teachers, road cleaners, pot holes filled, grit in winter and support for the disabled?

I doubt it very much.
And the economic legacy we were promised by James Alexander, Kersten England and Sonja Crisp when they chose to borrow hundreds of thousands of pounds the people of York will be paying back for decades to pay for this one day event? They've all been conspicuously quiet so far? What will it be, how much and when? We know the debt repayment schedule but where is the income schedule to balance against this? I suspect the great community spirit engendered by this event will allow them to get away with this one. I agree, it was a nice day. But at the cost of fewer teachers, road cleaners, pot holes filled, grit in winter and support for the disabled? I doubt it very much. Jack Ham
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2:46pm Sun 20 Jul 14

MadHaxMan says...

This man deserves the freedom of the city. Our amazing county (and our great city in particular) will now have been seen by millions, perhaps even billions of potential decision-makers world wide, from individual travellers and families, through to company execs perhaps planning to establish in the UK. The publicity value generated by the city's involvement in the TDF is thousands of times more than York could afford to spend on promoting the city. A world-famous event comes to York and all these little rays of sunshine can find to do is moan about a days "disruption" ( a Sunday at that) to their love affairs with their cars.
This man deserves the freedom of the city. Our amazing county (and our great city in particular) will now have been seen by millions, perhaps even billions of potential decision-makers world wide, from individual travellers and families, through to company execs perhaps planning to establish in the UK. The publicity value generated by the city's involvement in the TDF is thousands of times more than York could afford to spend on promoting the city. A world-famous event comes to York and all these little rays of sunshine can find to do is moan about a days "disruption" ( a Sunday at that) to their love affairs with their cars. MadHaxMan
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4:19pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Jack Ham says...

MadHaxMan wrote:
This man deserves the freedom of the city. Our amazing county (and our great city in particular) will now have been seen by millions, perhaps even billions of potential decision-makers world wide, from individual travellers and families, through to company execs perhaps planning to establish in the UK. The publicity value generated by the city's involvement in the TDF is thousands of times more than York could afford to spend on promoting the city. A world-famous event comes to York and all these little rays of sunshine can find to do is moan about a days "disruption" ( a Sunday at that) to their love affairs with their cars.
really.

Im sure the city was seen by million on TV but so what?

How many other citys were seen? What difference will it actually make to us?

What is the return on taxpayer investment that was used to pay TDF for coming here?

Specifics please, not general statements.


I would very happily be proven wrong in my assumption it was a fun day that had little in the way of future economic benefit.
[quote][p][bold]MadHaxMan[/bold] wrote: This man deserves the freedom of the city. Our amazing county (and our great city in particular) will now have been seen by millions, perhaps even billions of potential decision-makers world wide, from individual travellers and families, through to company execs perhaps planning to establish in the UK. The publicity value generated by the city's involvement in the TDF is thousands of times more than York could afford to spend on promoting the city. A world-famous event comes to York and all these little rays of sunshine can find to do is moan about a days "disruption" ( a Sunday at that) to their love affairs with their cars.[/p][/quote]really. Im sure the city was seen by million on TV but so what? How many other citys were seen? What difference will it actually make to us? What is the return on taxpayer investment that was used to pay TDF for coming here? Specifics please, not general statements. I would very happily be proven wrong in my assumption it was a fun day that had little in the way of future economic benefit. Jack Ham
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10:56pm Sun 20 Jul 14

eeoodares says...

Jack Ham wrote:
MadHaxMan wrote:
This man deserves the freedom of the city. Our amazing county (and our great city in particular) will now have been seen by millions, perhaps even billions of potential decision-makers world wide, from individual travellers and families, through to company execs perhaps planning to establish in the UK. The publicity value generated by the city's involvement in the TDF is thousands of times more than York could afford to spend on promoting the city. A world-famous event comes to York and all these little rays of sunshine can find to do is moan about a days "disruption" ( a Sunday at that) to their love affairs with their cars.
really.

Im sure the city was seen by million on TV but so what?

How many other citys were seen? What difference will it actually make to us?

What is the return on taxpayer investment that was used to pay TDF for coming here?

Specifics please, not general statements.


I would very happily be proven wrong in my assumption it was a fun day that had little in the way of future economic benefit.
Imagine you are right and showcasing a City and a County in such a massive and successful way, highlighting that we have the skill set and infrastructure to pull off the highlight of an Internationally famous sporting event has no impact on any of the viewers. Imagine that all the advertising that is done by Cities and Corporations around the world is a totally wasted and no body buys their products. Perhaps you are correct and the rest of the World is wrong.

As far as return on investment, you ask for specifics....There is no business or organisation that can specify the ROI, on an event like this. Please feel free to ask Flora specifically what they got from the London Marathon, they still will not know specifically even now.

I know that everybody I know from London had their perceptions and prejudices of Yorkshire turned on their head, what is the exact monetary return on that?????

A simple example is.... You have a shed in your garden, you buy the biggest and most impressive lock and alarm for it. It never gets broken into....is it because you made an investment in the lock and the alarm that the shed was never broken into, or if you left the shed unguarded and unlocked, maybe it would have never been broken into anyway so you could have saved that money..... Now specifically monetise the the return on investment of the lock and alarm!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Jack Ham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MadHaxMan[/bold] wrote: This man deserves the freedom of the city. Our amazing county (and our great city in particular) will now have been seen by millions, perhaps even billions of potential decision-makers world wide, from individual travellers and families, through to company execs perhaps planning to establish in the UK. The publicity value generated by the city's involvement in the TDF is thousands of times more than York could afford to spend on promoting the city. A world-famous event comes to York and all these little rays of sunshine can find to do is moan about a days "disruption" ( a Sunday at that) to their love affairs with their cars.[/p][/quote]really. Im sure the city was seen by million on TV but so what? How many other citys were seen? What difference will it actually make to us? What is the return on taxpayer investment that was used to pay TDF for coming here? Specifics please, not general statements. I would very happily be proven wrong in my assumption it was a fun day that had little in the way of future economic benefit.[/p][/quote]Imagine you are right and showcasing a City and a County in such a massive and successful way, highlighting that we have the skill set and infrastructure to pull off the highlight of an Internationally famous sporting event has no impact on any of the viewers. Imagine that all the advertising that is done by Cities and Corporations around the world is a totally wasted and no body buys their products. Perhaps you are correct and the rest of the World is wrong. As far as return on investment, you ask for specifics....There is no business or organisation that can specify the ROI, on an event like this. Please feel free to ask Flora specifically what they got from the London Marathon, they still will not know specifically even now. I know that everybody I know from London had their perceptions and prejudices of Yorkshire turned on their head, what is the exact monetary return on that????? A simple example is.... You have a shed in your garden, you buy the biggest and most impressive lock and alarm for it. It never gets broken into....is it because you made an investment in the lock and the alarm that the shed was never broken into, or if you left the shed unguarded and unlocked, maybe it would have never been broken into anyway so you could have saved that money..... Now specifically monetise the the return on investment of the lock and alarm!!!! eeoodares
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