Pop and rock stars have often chosen to buy farms with their wealth but Glaisdale sheep farmer Tony Richardson took the opposite route.
The owner of Egton Banks Farm learned to play the guitar in his teens at the birth of rock ’n’ roll and since 1955 has mixed entertaining human flocks - under the name Tony Richards - with lambing, buying tups and rearing cattle.
In recent years, the veteran performer has turned to song-writing, specifically about the North York Moors and Whitby, where he was born.
He has recorded CDs and three years ago launched a DVD, Beautiful North Yorkshire, with magical scenes of the town and the countryside portrayed in his songs. His second DVD, Countryside & Memories, was released in March this year.
“In the 90s I got this idea about starting to write country songs about all around here,” he said. “If you go to Scotland, Wales or Ireland there are songs about every town, but there didn’t appear to be much for the North York Moors and Whitby and I love them both. I’m probably more of a farmer today than a singer, in fact I didn’t think I’d still be singing today but the fans I had in the old days have come along with me.”
Tony’s DVD is available from (01947) 897289.