23/09/2013 Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire


23/09/2013

The men suffering from eating disorders. Plus, the country houses that cost a fortune to maintain but are difficult to sell, and a look at the big business of pigeon racing.


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Could evening, welcome to Inside Out. Tonight, we are in Hull.

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This week, we look at the life—threatening conditions normally

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associated with women. The meet the men struggling with eating disorders

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such as anorexia and believe me. I have this fear 20 47 that my child

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would die. Also tonight, they are big,

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beautiful and historic. We take a look around the country piles that

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take a fortune to maintain and which nobody wants to buy.

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And, forget the flat caps, we discover the big money changing

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hands in the world of racing pigeons. This beauty cost £110,000.

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For years, eating disorders like anorexia and believe me have claimed

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the lives of countless women. But some experts lived at a quarter of

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those suffering may actually be men. It is still a hidden problem.

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On the outskirts of Leeds, a mother and son settle down to enjoy a quiet

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pub lunch. But less than two years ago, such a happy scene was

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unthinkable. Food was a battle ground. Not for Bev Osborne, but for

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her son Ewan, one of a growing number of young men for whom eating

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disorders are becoming a way of life. From midnight onwards, I'd be

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thinking about the day ahead and what I had to do in terms of

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exercise and eating, and it would just become this obsessive thing

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that I had to do. I had this fear 24/7, day after day after day, that

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my child was going to die, and that I would be standing at his

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graveside. Up until recently, eating conditions

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like anorexia nervosa and bulimia were seen as a largely female

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concern. But more and more males, and especially adolescent boys, are

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now being referred to seek specialist help.

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There's been a long—held stereotype that men don't get eating disorders,

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and I think that's a very unhelpful stereotype, and it's been there for

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many, many decades. According to health experts, a decade ago men

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were ten times less likely to suffer eating disorders than women. That

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difference has now narrowed to the point where it's closer to three to

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one. For Ewan and Bev, the struggle to confront his eating disorder

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threatened to rip the family apart. problems began when he was 15, and

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slowly developed into an illness he felt powerless to control. It was

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really a combination of wanting to be somebody that was perfect in

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every sense, body and soul, where you could control exactly what you

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did and how much you ate, punish yourself first. For Bev, the lack of

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awareness that boys can get eating disorders too meant she struggled to

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know how to react. His diet was getting increasingly unbalanced and

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he was getting increasingly obsessed, too obsessed with

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everything. I just knew something was wrong, but I didn't know what,

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so I decided to take him to the GP to see if he could shed any light on

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it. But as the illness took hold, so did Bev's feeling of helplessness.

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I'm not entirely sure that the GP recognised it as an eating disorder.

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I found it hard to know what was right and what was wrong. I started

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to panic. It was a constant battle. By now, his mind was completely

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irrational, which is another symptom of an eating disorder. I could argue

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that black was white and white was white and he just wouldn't see it

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like that. For Aaron Bailey from Hull, the story was different but no

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less traumatic. I had been gaining a lot of weight through my childhood.

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I was 16 stone, then it increased faster and faster, and I tired of

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being overweight, so I went in the opposite direction. A lot of people

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ashamed, he is a male, he does not have a problem, and people misjudged

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what the situation could be, because of gender. I've never really known

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what's right to eat and how much. I've always been a bit out of

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control in that respect. It is hard to kick off eating properly now.

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Sadly, the experiences of Aaron and Ewan are becoming increasingly

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common. Specialist treatment units like the Yorkshire Centre for Eating

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Disorders at the Seacroft Hospital in Leeds are noticing a change. The

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number has doubled for men and young boys, coming to split —— coming to

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services like ours. The triggers which lead to eating disorders can

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be complex. But one factor which is beginning to worry health experts

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like Dr William Rhys Jones is that males seem to be becoming

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increasingly vulnerable to unrealistic and idealised images of

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what a modern male physique should look like. Men tend to be more

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concerned with their image from the body up, whereas women do from the

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waist down. their focus might be. I think

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there's something to be said, one feeds off the other. Social media

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and the impact of some of the body image thing is shown in the social

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media, and the impact it is happening on a vulnerable young

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people. But the lack of general awareness means many males may be

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suffering in silence. GPs and psychiatrists are missing it, and

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that's frustrating for sufferers and carers alike. They are to not know

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that rates are rising. One thing researchers have noticed

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is that an obsession with excessive exercise is a common way for some

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people to mask eating disorders. As the problems in men becomes less

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taboo, health professionals as well as fitness coaches are being put on

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the alert. At Leeds Metropolitan University, fitness trainer Brendon

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Chaplin, who coaches elite athletes, says people need to be better

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informed about the relationship between body shape and health. I

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think there's no ideal shape. Everybody is different. Genetics

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plays a huge part. What is perfect for somebody might be nowhere near

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perfect for somebody else. For people working here, what do you

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think is their responsibility when it comes to working with their

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clients, with people using their gym, starting to excessive and over

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exercise? I think there's a duty of care. As a gym owner or a coach, it

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is very much part of our role, to look after the well—being of our

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clients. If it comes down to it, you may have to intervene. Although

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there's plenty of research into the causes and treatment of women who

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suffer from eating disorders, there's very little knowledge

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relating specifically to men. I've come to meet Russell Delderfield, a

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social researcher at Bradford University who's about to publish a

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PhD looking at the experiences of men who've admitted suffering from

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the condition. Irrespective of whether it was an eating disorder,

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anorexia, Bellini or another disorder, two things came out. One

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was the amount of shame that people reported feeling, and the other was

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the sense of stigma they felt. The last two or three years has seen a

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change, the more men to come forward and share their experiences, as

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painful as that country, it is far more likely that treatments and

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services will be held to account better, and they will get the

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recovery they need. For anyone with an eating disorder, the solutions

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are complex, and there's no quick fix. It's often something they know

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they'll have to manage for the rest of their lives. For men like Aaron

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and Ewan, the support of family friends has been crucial. At the

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moment, I don't feel perfect. I never will be. But I am better than

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I have been for a while, because I do not obsess animal. —— any more. I

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was fed up of the life of stress and strain and constant worry. It is

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always there, the voice, but it is so easy to say no now, compared to

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before. Sometimes, you can speak to a family member, sometimes you

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can't. Sometimes, you can reach out to the organisations that can help.

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It does not have to be a lonely battle.

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If you would like further information on organisations that

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deal with eating disorders, you can find it on our Facebook page.

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Coming up, the feathers are flying. We discover that pigeon racing has

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turned into a global business. Here, in Yorkshire and the Humber,

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the only area of England and Wales where house prices are still

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falling, but one type of property is proving particularly hard to shift.

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Each additional country mansion. Prices have plummeted, and there are

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fears we could lose some of our most beautiful historic buildings.

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Feast your eyes on Harmston Hall in Lincolnshire, a typical English

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country house. Built around 1700, it's set in beautiful rolling

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parkland. For the last 15 years it's been a family home, but it could be

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about to be put up for sale. It'd come at a price, though. £3.5

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million and it's yours. So what do you get for that kind of money? I'm

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about to find out. The Grade II*—listed Harmston Hall was

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restored to its former glory by property developer Peter Sowerby.

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He's lived in it with his family ever since, and he's agreed to show

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me around. This is the entrance hall, with the big marble fireplace

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that was imported originally when it was built in 1710, from Italy. Who

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was the house built for? The Lord Mayor of London, this was his

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country house. It would have taken a lot longer to get to work than it

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would nowadays! It is impressive. Eight grand reception rooms, seven

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bedroom suites, six bathrooms, dressing rooms, family rooms, pool,

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tennis court, staff quarters. Peter is living the great British

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country—house dream. feature, everybody can see it from

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miles around, but at the same time, it is a privilege to be able to live

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somewhere like this, and that outweighs the additional expense.

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But living here doesn't come cheap. It costs more than £7,000 a year to

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heat, not to mention the upkeep of 14 acres of grounds. Which is

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perhaps why this may be the second time inside five years that the

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Sowerbys have put Harmston Hall up for sale. The recession has cut deep

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into the market for the glorious country mansion. Were you surprised

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that it was hard to sell the first time round? I did think it would

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sell quite quickly, but the market turned so fast that there wasn't

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enough time to get a lot of people round to even get the interest in

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the first place. Peter reduced the land package and

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dropped the price by £1.5 million, but there were no buyers. It's hard

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to believe that pristine country mansions like this don't get snapped

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up the moment they come up for sale. But Harmston Hall isn't the only

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historic house that's struggled to sell in this recession. A quick

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glance through the internet reveals many grand piles languishing on sale

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for years. Outside London, the market for this sort of property has

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really taken a beating. This palatial 21—bedroom mansion in Wales

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sold for just £650,000, the same price as a one—bedroom flat in

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In Yorkshire and the north, prices London's Battersea Power Station.

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In Yorkshire and the north, prices have fallen further and faster than

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anywhere else in England, by up to 30%. The real difficulty has been a

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weak economy, difficult for people to build and accumulate wealth, not

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the same success amongst entrepreneurs, which has restricted

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the demand and number of people able to buy those properties.

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And that's difference with London. A lot of international money flowing

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in those markets. Not the case in the country—house market in the

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north of the country. The country—house market has been hit by

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a triple whammy lately. Stamp duty on a house over £2 million is now

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7%. There's been political talk of a 1% annual mansion tax. And, new

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legislation means owners now have to pay VAT, 20%, on already—expensive

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building works. And if pristine country homes are

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struggling to sell, it's even harder for historic houses that need a lot

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of work. I've come to Marske Hall near Richmond, which has been on the

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market for over a year. It was converted into flats after the

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Second World War, and will need considerable investment to restore

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it. It's a big house, 17,000 square feet, so it's a project for anybody.

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You still see a number of features as you walk round. A

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They've been very carefully kept and preserved behind suspended ceilings,

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behind panelling, that sort of thing. Whether it's a private house,

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a boutique hotel, it'll be a fantastic setting. It would be a

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remarkable restoration. All it needs now is a buyer. The owners have

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dropped the price by half a million pounds to try to tempt an offer. In

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a stagnant market with fewer buyers, there are now genuine concerns that

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many of Yorkshire's finest historic homes and listed buildings are

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standing empty and unlived in, with some falling into disrepair.

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There are now calls for the Government to step in. Our historic

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houses, castles and gardens are the prime reason people come to Britain.

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Tourism is a massive part of GDP. It is the fifth or sixth biggest

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industry. Richard Compton owns 300—year—old Newby Hall near Ripon.

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Like more than 85% of Britain's historic and listed buildings, it is

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in private hands. He chooses to open it to the public. 150,000 paying

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visitors annually help keep the estate running and the house

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preserved for future generations. But Richard is concerned about

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Government policies that could discourage people from buying and

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taking on the responsibility of historic homes. There's no

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encouragement for the private owner to do any maintenance work

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whatsoever. We're not looking for any sympathy, we want the Government

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to recognise that these extremely expensive to maintain and

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keep going. They also magnets the local communities. The 1,500 members

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of the Historic Houses Association alone, all privately—owned

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properties which range from vicarages to Castle Howard, now

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collectively have a backlog of urgent repairs running to three

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quarters of a billion pounds. I'm about to see what could be the

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future for many of our historic houses. Gargrave House in North

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Yorkshire provides a slice of the country—living dream, for a lot of

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people. It is still set in magnificent grounds. A wealth of

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original features have been retained. But the price tag is

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considerably cheaper, because it's been converted into 33 apartments.

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This is the main living room. There are no conversion or restoration

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costs involved here. It is likely that, in order to save the

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buildings, more and more of our historic homes will go the way of

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Gargrave House. But it may be that the country—living dream isn't

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entirely dead yet. After five years of freefall, the market could be

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about to improve. It will be interesting to see the recovery

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come. The first signs could be in the autumn of this year or the

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spring of next year. Back at Harmston Hall, Peter Sowerby is

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hopeful that the analysts are right. He's considering putting his home

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back up for sale this autumn. Now things are picking up, I think

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there's much more chance of people buying something like this. You

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can't build a new house like this. You can't go and buy a building plot

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with these trees and the views, because all the best building plots

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were all sold 200 years ago! But this recession has been like no

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other, and the housing market has a habit of defying all predictions.

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But one thing is certain. Whatever happens in London, Yorkshire's

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historic homes will have to wait longer yet for any recovery to

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travel north. If I was to save pigeon fancier, you

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would think of an old man in a flat cap. Think again. These days, it is

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global big business, and a small village up the road in East

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Yorkshire has become an unlikely hub for the sport.

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They get called vermin, or rats with wings. It's fair to say that the

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poor pigeon isn't the most cherished or valued of our feathered friends.

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Welcome to the crazy world of the little beauty. He cost £110,000.

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Welcome to the crazy world of the million—dollar pigeon race. And a

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caravan park outside Hull has become one of world's top breeding centres,

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exporting thoroughbred racers to every corner of the globe in a

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multi—million—pound business. We will have customers this week, a

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multimillionaire from China and a guide from a cattle estate, and they

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will be treated the same. But some traditionalists fear their sport's

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been taken over by the money men. That is spoiling pigeon racing, when

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you have got these millionaires, nothing to do, that must be boring.

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I've come to Patrington, half an hour from Hull. This is the Premier

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Stud Lofts, started a decade ago at the Patrington Haven Caravan Park.

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We had a new customer ask us if he could keep some pigeons. We run

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everything through the family, because we are a family business. My

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father said he would love to. We gave him a chance, and it took off

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from there. We've now got 1,000 feet of loft and 2,500 birds in stock. So

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when did you get involved, Derek? I have been a professional for 20

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years, I learned —— I earned my living.

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they said they could make a professional business of it, I was

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headhunted. Derek now commutes every week from his native Wales to work

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at the Stud. But selling pigeons takes him much further afield. How

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far would you go to fly your pigeons first Mac in the big gambling

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races, paging, Las Vegas, South Africa. You open the box, if it is

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here or in Beijing, the first time it sees the sky, that is home. They

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are let out in paging at five weeks old, that is their home. Fanciers

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send their pigeons to warm locations, and the first one back is

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the grand winner. 1 million euros, the winner in paging. —— Beijing.

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With so much money at stake, everyone wants the best pigeons, and

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that's what they try to breed here. I'm going to visit the elite

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breeding loft where the offspring of champions hatch out. The exclusive

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pigeons we own come from this location. What makes them

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thoroughbreds? They have proven that pigeon racing is a simple sport,

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complicated by charlatans. He who is the first is the best, those who win

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the most races, we want to buy them. We resell the best regions. Before

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they hatch, that is what they are, pigeon eggs. £6,000 worth of babies.

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Now, it's often said that you never see baby pigeons. Well, you're just

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about to. Here you go. A baby pigeon. It is one hour old. The

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reason people think they do not see them, in 24 days, it will be fully

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grown. It is on the way to China in 25 days. How do they grow so

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quickly? They are fed on pigeon milk, secreted by the mother and

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father, the equivalent to royal Jelly in fees or the milk that seals

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give their pups. The most rich food you can find anywhere on the planet.

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This pigeon, we bought him a year ago for 110,000. In popular demand,

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people want to buy his youngsters. Next door, the pigeon that we sold

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two days ago for £100, first place 11 times, he was only beaten a

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couple of times. We brought him back for 27,000. But with the high prices

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comes a need to authenticate the thoroughbred's bloodline. So all the

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exports are DNA tested and certified.

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I'm here in the nerve centre of the operation. I have got a book full of

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pigeons. Some people think you can tell from the eyes. It is all in

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here. I am lost! And it's all a bit much for Roy Needham too. He's been

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involved with pigeons for as long as he can remember. Man and boy. He's

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your typical flat—cap—and—shed—at—the—end—of—the—

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—garden fancier. I told the wife, she would have to go before the

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pigeons! The pigeons that come home first win prizes. That takes some

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finding. It shows how much money there is. There are these people who

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can afford to pay a lot of money. And his secret for raising top

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pigeons? Beans. I've tried different systems, but this is the one that

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works for me. High in protein, good, stable food. And Roy's been breeding

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and racing pigeons long enough to know what he's talking about. I

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started racing at 15. Before then, I was still interested in pigeons. I

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can remember now, as clear as a bell, 1947, a pigeon race from

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Penzance. It fascinated me, what they did. I've been hooked ever

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since. And Roy's not alone. Every year, those like him flock to

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Blackpool for the pigeon fanciers' Mecca. This is the oldest and

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biggest show and over this weekend will attract

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25,000 people, buying, selling or just looking at pigeons. There's the

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weird and wonderful world of show pigeons, and judging for the various

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categories of bird is a fiercely—contested business. This is

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the Crufts of the pigeon world. You will find racing pigeons as well,

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and wherever they are, Derek is not far away. Oh, and Derek's here,

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hawking Premier Stud's budget range to the working man. Derek, what

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brings you to Blackpool? Blackpool is the Mecca of pigeon fanciers. It

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has been since its inception in 1977. There will be still millions

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of pounds change hands. I have taken over 180 grand here on one of the

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days. Live auction is waning away a bit, to such an extent that

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eventually I think it will go. It is hard to believe what is on offer,

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from the discerning Eugen fancier with money to burn. If you have got

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£7,000 to spend, you can buy this pigeon loft. If you have got 17, a

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lorry. If you have got 20, I can do you a deal on some pigeon Biograph.

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—— Viagra. business as usual for Derek. We hope

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they will average around 1000 or 2000 each, potentially, £300,000.

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The dream scenario, if we get to Chinese men and they do not like

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each other, that is a good day for us, and they will pay vastly over

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the odds. So as long as there are million—dollar races and rich pigeon

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fanciers want the finest birds, then a caravan park just outside Hull

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will continue to profit. It seems globalisation has turned the humble

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pigeon into a soaring success story. That is all for tonight from here.

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Make sure you join us next week. We will find out about the company

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is getting out of paying their workers minimum wage, looking at the

:28:47.:28:51.

threat to a vital part of our heritage, and celebrating the

:28:52.:28:55.

anniversary of an iconic Yorkshire film.

:28:55.:28:57.

Inside Out, presented by Toby Foster, investigates the stories that matter to you in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. This week Rachel Pierman meets the men who suffer from eating disorders, Lucy Hester has a look round the country houses that cost a fortune to look after but are very difficult to sell and Toby Foster enters the big business of racing pigeons where birds are sold for tens of thousands of pounds.


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