Heartbeat to live on

Aidensfield Stores, Goathland. Picture Kathryn Bulmer.
Aidensfield Stores, Goathland. Picture Kathryn Bulmer.

The Heartbeat of Goathland village will tick on after a alocal businessman snapped up one of the most iconic landmarks in Yorkshire.

Aidensfield Stores, which featured in the popular TV series Heartbeat and is also a working shop in Goathland, was put up for sale recently for only the second time in over 60 years due to family retirement.

Andy Fiddler who already owns other ventures in the village has purchased the stores and says it is “business as usual” for the shop which featured in hundreds of episodes of the police series set in the 1960s and still attracts thousands of tourists to Goathland each year.

The deal which went through earlier this week, much to the delight of locals, safeguards a local legend.

Mr Fiddler who already owns The Village Stores, Moors Coffee Shop and White Rose Crafts told the Gazette that “Aidensfield Stores is the iconic one”.

He added: “I am going to keep the show on the road really. The locals are pleased it will go into the hands of somebody already in the area.

“We are just keeping the heartbeat going and it will be business as usual. It is in safe hands and will not be bought and developed into some residential property like you get these days. I didn’t know it was coming up to be honest but when it did I wanted to keep it going - it is very old-fashioned and of that era.”

Aidensfield Stores still has items of memorabilia on display from both the 1960s and the show itself which was filmed in Goathland and the surrounding areas between 1991 and May 2009.

Actor David Lonsdale, who played David Stockwell returns each year for charity signings and Bill Maynard who played one of the show’s most popular characters, Greengrass, is connected to the shop as it sells Greengrass beers.

Heartbeat is still shown on ITV 3 and is increasingly popular in Canada and Norway where it is also now being screened.

Mr Fiddler said: “It is very popular with international tourists and when bus companies do trips to Whitby and Scarborough they always go to ‘Heartbeat Country’.

“The actors still return and there is still a market for it even years after it has ended.”

He plans to add more nostalgic lines to the shop such as DVDs from the series and 60s music.

There are also plans being put in place for Heartbeat to switch from screen to stage. Dates for a touring play at venues around the country are set to be announced in the Autumn featuring original characters Trica Penrose who played barmaid Gina Ward and David Lonsdale.

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