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Skipton student to use Yorkshire dialect for art project
4:50am Saturday 12th May 2012 in News
Aireville school student Demi Neave has an unusual canvas on which to depict her art project “Yorkshire Through Our Eyes”.
She’s been given free rein to let her imagination roam on the body of a fibreglass sheep.
And it’s all thanks to her grandfather, David Baxter, who runs Skipton Auto Services in Water Street, Skipton, who repaired the sheep after it was rescued from the Leeds-Liverpool Canal where it had been thrown by vandals.
David, 65, of Skipton, repaired the model and intends using it as the centre of a decorative garden outside his garage where he has worked for 50 years.
He said: “When I heard what Demi’s project was I thought it would be ideal – and what better way to make it represent Yorkshire than to decorate it with Yorkshire dialect sayings.”
David painted the body and Demi, 15, painted the head. With the help of her grandfather, she has come up with the list of sayings. She said: “I’d heard of ‘see all, ’ear all, say nowt’ and ‘an’ if the’ivver does owt for nowt, allus do it fur thissen’, but not some of the others.”
So after a bit of research she came up with the others including “ee by gum”, “ey up”, “how much?”, “wher’s there’s muck ther’s brass”, “sit thissen dahn an’l tell thee abaht it” and “tha’ can allus tell a Yorkshireman, but tha’ can’t tell ’im much.”
Any other space will be filled with a list of Yorkshire’s Dales.