Get the hankies at the ready, because tonight’s episode of The Yorkshire Vet is set to be an emotional one.
Becoming a flagship show of Channel 5’s seasonal offering over the past six years, Peter Wright and Julian Norton have become beloved Yorkshire figures since first hitting our screens in 2015 – and now, it’s time to say goodbye to one of them.
Confirming his departure from the Skeldale Practice, Peter Wright will leave the practice, Tuesday 1st June, after twelve successful series. The episode has been described as a ‘landmark’ for the show, with Channel 5 promising “that this is no ordinary episode!”.
A statement released on The Yorkshire Vet‘s Facebook page reads: “It might be a shock to some and a “I knew this was coming” moment for others.
“You’ll definitely need the tissues if you love the programme as much as I think you do – I know I did when I watched it. Let’s do as we always do and share the journey together – knowing as one ends – a new one begins. It is, after all, that circle of life.
“Thank you for being there. We’ll be there for YOU as long as you’ll have us and as long as there are stories to be told by The Yorkshire Vet.”
Speaking to Steph McGovern on Steph’s Packed Lunch just today, Wright said: “Well my life really has been Skeldale for nearly four decades.”
Adding: “When I did walk out from my last night of working there I did have a bit of a lump in my throat,
“I’m leaving Skeldale, as far as the program’s concerned, as of tonight and people have been quite concerned.
“The reason I’m leaving is because at Skeldale it’s no longer economical for them to look after farm animals. That’s been a big part of my life.
“We’ve had quite a lot of viewers ringing in saying ‘what’s going to happen to your clients that you’ve loved all these years?’
“Well, I just want to reassure the viewers tonight that they will be looked after, by who I’m not going to say, but you’ll have to tune in tonight and find out,”
Wright began working at the legendary practise back in 1996, a practise that shot to fame after becoming the subject of James Herriot’s books, which include All Creatures Great And Small – a story which has now been adapted as a hit Channel 5 series.
The beloved vet will remain on screens, luckily for us, however, will take his agricultural vetinery skills to another practise. The show will still, of course, tell us the stories from Skeldale alongside Peter’s new career venture.
[Featured image: Channel 5]