A RURAL community that took over the running of its own pub is raising a glass after winning the title of Yorkshire Village of the Year 2019.

Entries were sought from villages across the county and Hudswell in North Yorkshire fought off stiff opposition from the likes of Keld, Grosmont and Ingleton which all made the shortlist.

Clapham, in the western Yorkshire Dales, was the judges’ runner-up, with Skelton on Ure and Brompton by Sawdon highly commended.

This year’s panel of judges included Emmerdale star Claire King, Yorkshire Shepherdess and author Amanda Owen, weatherman Jon Mitchell and the Yorkshire Vet Julian Norton.

Ms King explained why Hudswell was such a hit, saying: “Hudswell was a winner for me as not claiming to be a picture postcard village, but the sense of community spirit really shines through, from their award-winning, re-opened community-run pub, to various classes and a charity that serves everyone in the village.

"Bravo to all and keep up the fantastic work.”

Head of the judging panel Adrian Braddy, outgoing editor of the Dalesman which runs the competition, said: “The entries we received demonstrated the vitality, creativity and passion of our villages and Hudswell stood out for the determination of its residents to ensure it remains a vibrant place to live and work."

A cheque for £1,000 was presented to the villagers at the George and Dragon community-run pub yesterday.