TELEVISION presenter John Craven was in Helmsley last week filming an upcoming episode of Countryfile.

The BBC team spent six hours in the town with husband and wife Keith and Jacky Pickering from The Stick Man. After looking for suitable sticks in Duncombe Park, they returned to The Stick Man’s workshop at Helmsley Walled Garden’s craft units to set to work.

Keith helped John create a golden eagle stick, which will be revealed in the show aired on January 27.

Keith Pickering said: “John is a lovely guy, and we had a fantastic day with the crew. It’s always great to have the opportunity to show people what myself and Jacky do, and the craft that goes into creating the sticks. We can’t wait to see the finished piece later this month.”