THE Yorkshire Society celebrated 30 years of fighting the county’s corner at its anniversary gala dinner.

The event, held at the National Railway Museum on Friday, showcased talented acts from Yorkshire as part of the society’s mission to promote the arts, culture, local businesses and individuals within the county.

The Yorkshire Society also generates funds to plough back into the region and local communities. The event celebrated the Northern Ballet, which performed a snapshot from its production of Cleopatra, which is to be staged in February.

Rob Reynolds, an award-winning singer-songwriter from Harrogate, performed numbers from his new album Coming Home, which he released recently with Grammy-nominated producer Brandon Friesen. The event also featured entertainment from Bradford-based South Asian Arts organisation Kala Sangam and heard from author Steve Smith.

Peter and Kath Barber, the last remaining founder members of the society, said they were proud to see the group reach its 30th anniversary.

Peter said: “It’s been a marvellous thing to be involved with and we’ve met some wonderful people. We’re proud of our county and it’s a good period for the society at the moment, making subtle changes and promoting the good things about Yorkshire.”