Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s a flying Yorkshire pudding!
Award-winning chef Jason Hartley has honoured his late father by flying Yorkshire puddings over the region’s favourite landmarks – just in time for Yorkshire Day.
The Sunday roast favourites were flown by drone as a tasty tribute to 80-year-old Peter Hartley, from Kimberworth in Rotherham.
Former RAF engineer Peter died in June in the arms of his wife Doreen, just months before their 60th wedding anniversary.
The gourmet puddings left the kitchen of Jason’s parents’ home before embarking on a 594-mile adventure.
Jason said: “My dad wasn’t well for a couple of years and, whilst I’m no longer cooking professionally, occasionally for fun I do pop-ups inspired by a slightly new take on Yorkshire puddings that was inspired by him and mum and done as a bit of a tribute to my upbringing.
“After he passed away, doing this was a way for me to channel that loss into something creative and silly that would have made him smile.”
The puddings were attached to a quadrocopter drone and filmed in flight with a GoPro camera, reaching heights of 100 metres.
Among the locations visited were Keppel’s Column between Wentworth and Kimberworth, and Wentworth Woodhouse.
Jason said: “Dad was an engineer in the Royal Air Force for 30 years so as we were setting up and fiddling around gerrymandering Yorkshire puddings to drones I know he would have loved that.
“I returned to the UK after 15 years abroad recently and the trip was a wonderful way for me to fall in love with Yorkshire again. We’d hoped to fly a little higher but the force 10 Yorkshire ‘summer breeze’ put paid to that!”
n A film of the Yorkshire puddings’ tour has been released to coincide with Yorkshire Day today, an annual celebration of all things Yorkshire.