Award-winning vet’s life-story

Alan Wilson
Alan Wilson

THE life and achievements of a Scarborough vet will be featured in a special exhibition starting later this month.

The story of Arnold Wilson, who died in 2009, will feature alongside fellow Yorkshire vets Donald Sinclair and Alf Wight - better known as James Herriot.

Alan Wilson

Alan Wilson

The “Local Heroes” exhibition is being held at The World of James Herriot in Kirkgate, Thirsk, and will run from January 24 until June 30.

Mr Wilson, who was a vet his whole working life, lived in Stepney Road and worked from a practice based at the top of Westborough, near Westborough Church.

He received an RSPCA Bronze Medal for his part in an animal rescue operation in May 1973.

A team were called in after four bullocks fell down cliffs at Cloughton on May 14. A report from the Evening News at the time tells how the animals had climbed across a barbed wire fence at Rigg Hall Farm, becoming trapped on a ledge 50 feet down the cliff.

One died and another had to be destroyed, but a two-day rescue of the survivors was carried out by Mr Wilson, farmers and coastguards.

Mr Wilson’s son, Alistair, who lives in Newby, said: “I’m so chuffed the exhibition is happening, but sad that he’s not here himself to see it.

“He loved his job as a vet and was very good at it. His practice covered a large area from Filey up to Ravenscar and out to Thirsk.”

Mr Wilson added that as a child he used to accompany his father on jobs, which he loved.

He also recalls that one of the bullocks who made it during the rescue was called Lucky.

His father received his RSPCA award at Scarborough’s Town Hall. It was presented by the mayor at the time, Cllr D. Jenkinson.

The medal will be on display as part of the exhibition.