Portillo meets our Man during TV rail focus

SCARBOROUGH'S famous Bronze Age ancestor features in a TV documentary this week highlighting the town's railway heritage.

Gristhorpe Man, who was discovered more than 3,000 years ago, is featured in the BBC2 programme Great British Railway Journeys, on Friday.

The documentary series, showing this week, follows former politician Michael Portillo as he uses a copy of George Bradshaw’s Victorian Railway Guide-book to discover how much the railway industry changed the country.

On Friday he travels from Filey to Scarborough by train, and the former Conservative Secretary of State for Defence visits Scarborough’s Rotunda – the William Smith Museum of Geology and meets the town’s illustrious forebear, who at about 6ft tall is the tallest prehistoric skeleton measured to date.

Shirley Collier, Chief Executive of Scarborough Museums Trust, said they were thrilled the Rotunda and Gristhorpe Man would be showcased to the nation.

She said: “We were delighted to have been approached to take part in the series and the filming was great fun, so we can’t wait to see the results.

The Filey to Scarborough programme will be interesting to everyone who lives in the area, especially as the railway helped to establish Scarborough’s popularity as the first seaside resort in Britain.”

During the episode, viewers will also see Mr Portillo go bird-watching on the cliffs at Flamborough Head and travel to Filey to learn traditional knitting patterns.

The episode will be aired on Friday on BBC2 at 6.30pm. Tomorrow’s episode sees him travel from Pontefract to Bridlington.

l George Bradshaw (1801-1853) was a cartographer, printer and publisher, best known for developing the most successful and longest published series of combined railway timetables.