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Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen spoke opened up on her childhood and growing up in Huddersfield during a discussion with poet Simon Armitage. BBC Radio 4’s The Poet Laureate Has Gone to His Shed saw the pair sit down and talk about the Our Yorkshire Farm star’s childhood as she grew up very close to the location of Simon’s shed.
Simon began: “You’re from around here, aren’t you?”
“I’m from very close around here that’s why I was nearly late turning up,” the Channel 5 replied.
“I was so busy craning my neck looking through the car window at places that were familiar and those that had changed over the years.”
The Yorkshire Shepherdess lives on Ravenseat Farm in North Yorkshire with her nine children and husband Clive Owen.
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“Do you see yourself as a Huddersfield person?” Simon asked.
“Definitely, I already feel that Huddersfield twang coming back, that’s why you’ve got the proper dulcet tones today because I’m back on home turf,” she answered.
“Of course time does change things but I do feel there is that anchor that this is where I spent my childhood.
“I came right here to the school a stone’s throw away from here for a fight, must have been 1988.”
Amanda explained she was involved in a fight with two rival nearby schools.
“What was the outcome?” Simon asked and she replied: “We battered you, it wasn’t actually you was it?”
“I’m just calculating,” he answered. “I would have left school by then but I wasn’t a great fighter so it probably would have been the same result.”
“Do you remember when there was that fad, the beginning of the internet and it was all friends reunited and everybody would look up their friends from school?” Amanda asked.
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“I realised I couldn’t remember anybody and no one could remember me.”
“And that was because I wasn’t a good one and I wasn’t a bad one,” she noted.
“I was in between, I was the person you’d forget but because I was tall I stood out physically.
“I would be recalled for that reason and that reason alone,” Amanda remarked.
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The Yorkshire Shepherdess wen not to recall another fight she was involved with while at school.
“I remember another fight actually that I won by default because the person I was supposed to fight didn’t turn up,” Amanda quipped.
“Happy days,” the Yorkshire Shepherdess joked.
Our Yorkshire Farm is available to watch on My5.
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