Explore what lies beneath this North Yorkshire sleeping giant

An undeniably small town, on the southern fringe of the county, Selby has the ability to surprise and is set to become increasingly important to the prosperity of the county in the years ahead.

The district is increasingly catching the attention of the media, coming under the national news spotlight recently as one of the country’s most disable districts for those looking to relocate.

Selby has also captured the imagination of the press for its tourism opportunities, not least because of the presence of the Abbey, one of the country’s most impressive religious buildings.

But for all the outward attention, Selby is a thriving community which is expected to develop strongly as economic regeneration progresses.

The demise of old industries mean more development sites are available than anywhere else in the county, with the added advantage of strong transport links.

That paves the way for a new generation of industries, with green credentials at their heart, to move in to help to secure the district’s future.

However, Selby has far more than economic potential, which may help to account for the national attention it is now receiving.

Selby District AVS encapsulates all that is good about the community, providing a huge range of services and support that simply would not be there without the enthusiasm and commitment of those who make good things happen.

A snapshot of the sense of community is also there to be seen in Selby Community Choir, providing an opportunity for its members to socialise and enjoy themselves, while also entertaining others.

That is exactly the type of virtuous circle which is repeated time and again and which helps to create a community increasingly recognised as special.