TOURISM businesses across North Yorkshire were serenaded by sports presenter Chris Kamara with Christmas hits from his new album as they celebrated clinching prestigious regional awards.

This year’s White Rose Awards ceremony was the biggest yet, with more awards up for grabs than ever before.

It saw 103 finalists battle it out to win in 19 categories with a number of new awards added for 2019, including Accessible and Inclusive Tourism, Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism. 

This year also saw the introduction of the Gold, Silver, Bronze award system allowing the judges to recognise the achievements of even more well-deserving Yorkshire businesses.

The Northern Echo: Chris Kamara sings Christmas hits at the White Rose AwardsChris Kamara sings Christmas hits at the White Rose Awards

It also means more opportunities for finalists to progress through to the national tourism awards run by Visit England.

The awards ceremony was held at the First Direct Arena in Leeds last night and was hosted by former Emmerdale actor Natalie Anderson and broadcaster Rich Williams.

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Rich Williams and Natalie Anderson

It also featured a live performance by sports presenter Chris Kamara who sang a couple of festive numbers from his Christmas album.

He said: "What a reception, the crowd was amazing!  It was my first ever live public performance of any of the tracks from my album and the whole evening was something special. I’m Yorkshire born and bred-Yorkshire people are the best and see so many happy people celebrated tonight for making Yorkshire a great place to live and visit was fantastic."

Among the North Yorkshire businesses to recieve awards on the night were; Cottage in the Dales, Leyburn, Woodlands Farm, Northallerton and The George and Dragon, Richmond.

Chair of Judges Elaine Lemm said: "What a night!

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Leeds Carnival performers

"It’s been fantastic to see all these wonderful businesses who work so hard giving visitors to Yorkshire the best experience possible and ultimately keep them coming back year on year.

"These businesses go above and beyond, and it’s been brilliant to see them get the recognition they deserve.

"The partnership with Visit England means most of tonight’s winners go through to the national finals and I’m certain from the incredible standard we’ve had here tonight we’ll be seeing many national awards coming home to Yorkshire." 

Chair of Welcome to Yorkshire, Peter Box said: "I couldn’t have been prouder to have been a part of tonight’s White Rose Awards to see the very best in Yorkshire tourism honoured for their huge amount of hard work and dedication to making Yorkshire one of the best places to visit in the world." 

"Every single winner whether they got a bronze, silver or gold should be incredibly proud."

The full list of White Rose Award winners 2019

Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award

GOLD: The Deep, Hull

SILVER: Hull Truck Theatre

BRONZE: Cottage in the Dales, Leyburn

Arts & Culture Award

GOLD: Hull Truck Theatre

SILVER: Freedom Festival Arts Trust, Hull

BRONZE: Emma Stothard Sculpture, Whitby

B&B and Guest House of the Year

GOLD: The Barn, Monk Fryston

SILVER: Grassfield Hall, Pateley Bridge

BRONZE: Woodlands Farm, Northallerton

Business Events Venue of the Year

GOLD: Broughton Hall Estate, Skipton

SILVER: The Grand, York

BRONZE: Inox - The University of Sheffield

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year

GOLD: Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges, Bishop Wilton

SILVER: Vale of Pickering Caravan Park

BRONZE: Patrington Haven Leisure Park Hull

Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award

GOLD: William's Den, North Cave

SILVER: Fodder, Harrogate

BRONZE: Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens

Experience of the Year

GOLD: Hotham's Gin School and Distillery, Hull


BRONZE: Leeds Cookery School 

Inns & Restaurants with Rooms Award

GOLD: Manor House Lindley, Lindley

SILVER: The Star Inn at Harome

BRONZE: Estbek House, Whitby

International Tourism Award

GOLD: Castle Howard, York

SILVER: Visit York

BRONZE: The Grand, York

Large Hotel of the Year

GOLD: The Grand, York

SILVER: The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa, Skipton

BRONZE: Wentbridge House Hotel, Pontefract

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

GOLD: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton

SILVER: York Maze

BRONZE: RSPB Bempton Cliffs

New Tourism Business Award

GOLD: William's Den, North Cave

SILVER: Hotham's Gin School and Distillery, Hull

BRONZE: Bonus Arena, Hull

Producers and Makers Award

GOLD: York Emporium

SILVER: Puckett's Pickles, York

BRONZE: Hotham's Gin School and Distillery, Hull

Pub of the Year

GOLD: The Durham Ox, Crayke

SILVER: The Millers Bar, Brighouse

BRONZE: The George and Dragon, Richmond

Self -Catering Accommodation of the Year

GOLD: Broadgate Farm Cottages, Walkington

SILVER: Brompton Lakes, Richmond

BRONZE: Smallshaw Cottages & Spa, Sheffield

Small Hotel of the Year

GOLD: Grays Court Hotel & The Bow Room Restaurant, York

SILVER: The Wensleydale Heifer, Leyburn

BRONZE: Goldsborough Hall, Knaresborough

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

GOLD: Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery, Hunmanby

SILVER: Hotham's Gin School and Distillery, Hull

BRONZE: Go Ape Dalby

Taste of England Award

GOLD: The Star Inn at Harome

SILVER: Wensleydale Creamery, Hawes

BRONZE: The Pheasant Hotel, Harome

Tourism Event Award

GOLD: Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival

SILVER: Hallowscream at York Maze

BRONZE: Springtime Live, Harrogate