Friday, August 14, 2020

Time Out: Guy Armitage, Managing Director of the York Handmade Brick Company

The final weekend before Christmas is here, and that means it’s time to relax with the last ‘Time Out’ of 2018. This week’s questions are answered by Guy Armitage, Managing Director of the York Handmade Brick Company.

What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?

I’d like to say something like crack open a bottle of wine and get the party started but more truthfully my perfect start to a weekend is light the fire, help put the children to bed, collapse on the sofa in front of the telly with my wife, Lucy, and be all rested for whatever Saturday has in store.

What is your hobby?

I like to follow the England cricket team and follow horse racing quite closely. I am lucky enough live in a very beautiful part of North Yorkshire on the edge of the Howardian Hills and enjoy walking our dog, appreciating the local countryside and everything that goes on it such as the local point to points, as well as trying to grow a few vegetables in the garden at home. Also anything my children are doing, and at the moment that is quite a diverse range of things from drama to pony club. And given the opportunity I’ll take up the offer of a game of cricket from pretty much anyone who will have me on their team.

What is your favourite movie?

I have quite a lot of favourites – everything from Die Hard to Shawshank Redemption form a large group of favourites of which I couldn’t really single one out – however I’ll go with the diplomatic answer, ‘Stutterer’ which my sister Serena produced and won an Oscar for in the short film category and which was sponsored by the family business, York Handmade Brick Co Ltd.

If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as a career?

I have always been keen on the countryside, wildlife, conservation and farming having grown up in the countryside. If the family business had not have been an option, I think I would have liked to have worked in some area of agriculture or nature conservation.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

I think it would be very handy to be able to see into the future to help make better decisions, including what to put my money on in the 2.30 at York.

What is your favourite genre of music?

I grew up liking Rock, Heavy Metal, Alternative/Indie music from the 80’s and 90s. Pushed to name a favourite AC/DC and the Highway to Hell album is brilliant. Recently, I have really enjoyed some really good folk bands playing locally – Eliza Carthy or Holy Moly and the Crackers all were amazingly talented musicians, in massively intimate gigs with less than 100 people in the venue.

If you could travel to any moment in time where would you go?

Other than next week’s 2.30 at York races, I would be interested travel to the beginnings of the industrial revolution, perhaps to my great, great, great grandfathers brick factory in West Yorkshire in 1825. To any industrialist of the time, it must have felt like the world was their oyster as all the new technology became available. It would make a really interesting parallel to the advances of today’s computer-based technology.

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