• What killjoys

    BO, the moving statue, is a popular landmark on York's footstreets. Children squeal with delight when this seemingly immobile sculpture comes to life at the drop of a coin. Unfortunately, not everyone is amused. Even though Bo is silent and mostly still

  • Market launch at show

    ANOTHER successful Driffield Show has come and gone. This year, the occasion was used to launch a farmers' market with the aim of bringing together producers and consumers. Among the top prize winners at the show were some from the Ryedale-Scarborough

  • Gender-free labels

    AN EU scheme that would have seen beef labels carry the gender of the cattle has been abandoned. New labelling is to begin on September 1, but this will not include the categories of calf, steer, young bull, cow, bull or heifer, as had been earlier proposed

  • Unique diversification - Farm trail established for disabled

    DETERMINED to beat the recession in agriculture and to provide a living for his young family, farmer John Simpson has transformed his upland farm into a haven for tourists and conservationists - and still retained its role as a traditional North Yorkshire

  • At the market - A proud day for Ryedale farmers

    RegretTably I was unable to attend the Ryedale Show and so I'm pleased that show secretary Peter Woodall of Cundalls has been able to provide the following report: TUESDAY saw the 136th Ryedale Show rise Phoenix-like in the tranquil beauty of Major Shaw's

  • Farming crisis has not gone away

    The crisis in farming has been going on for so long that it is easy for those not directly involved to be dismissive of the problem. A new TV documentary, however, is telling the human story of the crisis, and JOHN LAVABRE spoke to some of the farmers

  • Small wonders

    Mike Laycock discovered the history of music - in miniature - when he visited a foggy Robin Hood's Bay As we walked down the steep road into Robin Hood's Bay, a dense fret was coming in off the North Sea. That was both bad news and good. On the one hand

  • Forbidden pleasures

    DAN RUTSTEIN gets clued-up on the mysteries of one of the strangest tourist atttractions in North Yorkshire Blue-scaled monsters, talking trees, a gnome cricket match, caves, talking horses, spitting statues, lots of water and the largest dog-bush in

  • Do the seaside shuffle

    Mike Laycock and family enjoyed a traditional afternoon by the seaside when they visited Hunmanby Gap and Filey No matter how much today's kids are into computer games and TV, they probably enjoy a trip to the seaside as much as previous generations ever

  • Capital Idea

    Bryn Evans finds out what Northallerton, North Yorkshire's capital town, has to offer The chubbychops in question was a portly feline sunning himself in the entrance to the railway station. Locating the council HQ in the town upset York somewhat when

  • Scarborough Spa to Goathland

    Take 100-mile challenge Brian Beadle throws down the gauntlet in the first of four tough, linking rides... this time it is from Scarborough Spa to Goathland The 100-mile challenge route, or Beadle's Bash as it is known, runs from Scarborough Spa to Helmsley

  • Goathland to Glaisdale

    Going to Glaisdale Brian Beadle continues his 100-mile challenge mountain bike route across the North York Moors National Park with a stretch from Goathland to Glaisdale. The 100-mile challenge route, or Beadle's Bash as it is known, runs from Scarborough

  • Where going gets tough

    Brian Beadle takes us on stage three of the the 100 Mile Challenge... Glaisdale to Bloworth Crossing Start in Glaisdale village and head off west towards Lealholme. At the edge of the village opposite High Leas Farm go left onto a wide track signed as

  • Reaching our journey's end

    BRIAN BEADLE completes the fourth and final part of his 100-mile mountain bike challenge: Bloworth Crossing to Helmsley The final part of the 100-mile challenge route this month takes us from Bloworth Crossing, high up on Rudland Rigg, back to civilisation

  • The White Rose cycle route

    York marks a cycling milestone If you're thinking bicycle, you can now think Yorkshire. RON GODFREY discovers why When the 172-mile White Rose cycle route linking York with Hull and Middlesbrough was formally opened with fanfare and razzmatazz, the un-trumpeted

  • Hull to Hornsea

    Make tracks for rail lines Brian Beadle suggests off-road routes for mountain bikers to try out To keep you cycling off-road during the winter months old railway tracks are useful. There are many of these disused tracks around York, Hull and the east

  • Tracking the Wolds is such a joy

    BRIAN BEADLE samples the delights of Sledmere The Yorkshire Wolds presents some of the most rideable and well-marked bridleways in Yorkshire, even in the winter months. Their chalk base drains the land quickly making the tracks accessible in all but the

  • Countdown for Jordan

    CRESTFALLEN playmaker Scott Jordan admits time is running out if he is to repeat his goalscoring heroics against Manchester United. The 25-year-old midfielder was expected to return to full training today after a knee injury prevented him from travelling

  • Olympic dream over for Foot

    YORK swimmer Caroline Foot's Olympic dream ended in disappointment last night, writes Peter Martini. The 35-year-old finished fourth in the 100m butterfly final at the ASA National Championships in Sheffield, missing out on an Olympic slot by seven tenths

  • Emma pulls out

    Injury has forced Malton and Norton Golf Club's Emma Duggleby to pull out of the English Women's Strokeplay Championship at Silloth. The Curtis Cup international easily qualified for the final two rounds, making the cut by a comfortable four strokes,

  • Councillors snub Queen Mum greetings

    REBEL councillors have refused to join York in congratulating the Queen Mother as she celebrates her 100th birthday. The three councillors, from the Liberal Democrat and Labour groups on City of York Council, opposed moves to pass on greetings on behalf

  • Three in court after stand-off

    THREE young men have appeared in court after dozens of teenagers confronted police on Acomb Green in a stand-off involving baseball bats and drink. Youths barracked officers as they tried to arrest one of the crowd of between 40 and 50 teenagers, said

  • Chaos at dental surgery after computer theft

    A MAN who burgled a York dental surgery and took a laptop computer full of patients' records caused "absolute chaos", a court heard. Stacy Malton, 23, used a car wheel brace to smash his way into the Bishopthorpe Road premises, but was caught several

  • Flair to!

    Mike Laycock visited Rievaulx Terrace for some of the best views in North Yorkshire - and the finest Italian ceiling paintings An English autumn may be casting its chill over North Yorkshire, but when you enter the Ionic Temple at Rievaulx Terrace near

  • Past times

    Mike Laycock stepped back in time when he visited an open air museum in County Durham It felt as if we had walked on to the set of one of those Catherine Cookson TV dramas. We climbed the steep and narrow staircase on to the open-top deck of an early

  • Waxing lyrical

    Mike Laycock and family met up with some heroes on a visit to London. Ooh aah! There he stood in front of me and my son Matthew, both lifelong Manchester United fans. That unmistakable haughty pose, collar turned up and back as straight as a rod. It was

  • Terror time

    IT'S six minutes of excitement mixed with pure fear. Valhalla, a log fume ride with a difference, opened this week at the popular theme park attraction in Blackpool. I took my friend to test out whether it lived up to the hype - and I can now say it's

  • Just beachy

    Mike Laycock visited a great Yorkshire seaside resort that never was. The Victorian developers had it all worked out. It was a beautiful spot, high on the cliffs above the North Sea. Why not build another resort there to rival booming Scarborough just

  • Wallow in history on the banks of the Wear

    Mike Laycock visits the Land of the Prince Bishops It has a fine cathedral and castle, dating back to Norman times and of such architectural and historical importance that they are recognised together as a World Heritage Site. It has narrow winding streets

  • We saw a Queen Anne Drawing Room

    We saw a Queen Anne Drawing Room, a Chippendale Library, a Georgian bedroom and a Palladian Hall and staircase, but there was no chance of us ever climbing the stairs or sitting in one of the finely-crafted chairs. For these rooms were miniature versions

  • Taking the needles

    With Chinese New Year almost upon us, STEPHEN LEWIS checks out the ancient Chinese healing art of acupuncture BEING a human pincushion never featured that high on my wish list. So when I turned up at the Ch'ien Clinic on Tadcaster Road for my appointment

  • Making a new man out of one of the lads

    New man could have the last laugh in the health stakes after all, reports STEPHEN LEWIS He may have gone out of fashion in the early Nineties, butt of a million jokes. But a slimmer, fitter 'New Man' could be about to have the last laugh. Men's life expectancy

  • Why I quit

    It's No Smoking Day today (March 8). Former 40-a-day girl MAXINE GORDON reveals how she stubbed out the habit for good I KNEW it was time to give up smoking when I found there were not enough hours in the day to satisfy my habit. There were too many unwelcome

  • Getting the massage across

    If your idea of massage is something soothing and gentle, think again. JULIAN COLE tries out a remedial massage - which is altogether different RUNNING and walking, standing and sitting - whatever you do, your body is under pressure. Exercise is good,

  • Take me back

    STEPHEN LEWIS journeys reluctantly back to a former life in search of relaxation IMAGINE you're on the top of a building - any building, said Carole Chui. Her voice, calm and unhurried, came to me from somewhere beyond the pleasant, relaxed place where

  • Steady as she goes

    The fear of falling can very real for fragile elderly people living alone. ANDREW HITCHON reports on two new schemes designed to ease such worries It was a perfectly ordinary day for Lilian Eden, until she made one simple slip that was to cast a shadow

  • Musical massage

    Anyone with half an ear knows that music has a hotline direct to our emotions. It can be soothing, uplifting, inspiring or relaxing. It can also - just think of the sounds coming from bands like Joy Division and The Smiths - leave you feeling so blue

  • Dad's the word at feed time

    Dads are being encouraged to support their partners in breastfeeding in a new campaign from a leading childbirth charity. Sporting celebrities Jonathan Edwards and Prince Naseem are supporting the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) in its bid to tell fathers

  • Try rugged route

    BRIAN BEADLE tackles a beautiful, yet demanding bridleway This mainly off road route encompasses some of the finest bridleways in Ryedale and some of the best scenery from the elevated part of the route. If wet it becomes a serious test of riding skill

  • Creepy in the crypt

    Brian Beadle stops off in Lastingham to visit a spooky church This short run from Sinnington takes you on to narrow, but rideable woodland paths. In the spring the route is brightened up by a profusion of daffodils along the banks of the River Seven.

  • Cycling Holidays: Dutch courage

    Cycling novice LISA COOK braves a short break with a difference - a trip to Amsterdam by bike I had been told there would be no hills, that Holland would be as flat as a pancake - so how come the first bit of cycling we had to do was up a near-vertical

  • Line 'em up

    Continuing his series of cycle rides, Paul Kirkwood saddles up for a ride to Riccall, following the old railway line. RAILWAY travellers were not the only beneficiaries of the creation in 1983 of a new section of the East Coast railway line from Selby

  • City look at Irish trialist defender

    A STRONG York City shadow squad take on Harrogate Railway Athletic tonight (kick-off 7pm) with the Minstermen's ranks swollen by the addition of another trialist. Irish defender Brian Kelly, 21, spent a few days with City at the end of last season and

  • Countdown for Jordan

    CRESTFALLEN playmaker Scott Jordan admits time is running out if he is to repeat his goalscoring heroics against Manchester United. The 25-year-old midfielder was expected to return to full training today after a knee injury prevented him from travelling

  • We would have been sunk without Fiona

    I WISH to express an immense debt of gratitude to Fiona Evans, who has pioneered and driven the Yearsley Action Group and also worked so successfully with the Barbican Action Group to 'Save Our Swim'. Many, many thanks to all my fellow workers, too numerous

  • No harm to others

    AS parents of an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) sufferer, we were very interested in the article in the Evening Press (July 24). We would, however, like to clarify a point which may have given the wrong impression of these unfortunate sufferers.

  • Micklegate pun...

    WHAT a headline: "Queen Does Micklegate Run". Does this mean that the Micklegate Run is now "by appointment"? J Whitmore, Springfield Road, Upper Poppleton, York.

  • Mourning clouds

    THE aftermath has been sad, disturbing and strange. The death of a child is terrible and the murder of a golden eight-year-old girl is heinous beyond imagination. So it is that Sarah Payne's short life and brutal death have seeped into what you might

  • Pumped up petrol prices

    MOTORISTS are resigned to forecourt flux. Petrol prices never stay still for very long. The only constant is the direction of the change - ever upwards. The Evening Press has reported the high cost of fuel generally as well as the wide variations within

  • Appeal for Zimbabwe

    THE Country Landowners Association (CLA) is extending its appeal for holiday accommodation in the region for Zimbabwean farming families. Dorothy Fairburn, regional CLA director in the county, said: "Our head office has already had offers of help for

  • Leaders meet

    AGRICULTURE Secretary Nick Brown had a face-to-face meeting with leaders of the farming industry in the Scarborough and Whitby area last Friday when they explained to him the plight of many farmers in the Scarborough and Ryedale area. He met Helen Swiers

  • Pig industry to get £40m

    AGRICULTURE Minister Nick Brown has confirmed a £40m package to restructure the pig industry in the next three years. The money will mainly be used to encourage farmers to retire from the sector. Mr Brown detailed on Monday how the Ministry of Agriculture

  • Prices at the stock markets

    DRIFFIELD Forward on July 20 were 170 sheep including 14 ewes; 263 pigs including 36 sows and 4 boars. Sheep: Lambs, med to £40.50/head or 93p/kg (87.1p), others, ewes to £33 (£22.70). Pigs: Gilts, boars to 75kg to 81p (77.6p), 76-82kg to 80p (78.5p),

  • You should see us now

    The welcome is the same, but the city is very different... CHRIS TITLEY considers what changes the Queen might notice on her return to York today. THE Queen has been a regular visitor to York. Whatever the weather, and sadly it has often been grim, the

  • On track for a taste of luxury

    MAXINE GORDON raises a glass or two to a railway experience of a bygone age As I arrived on Platform 11 at York Railway Station, I had one regret. I wished I'd dressed up more There I was about to climb aboard a splendid 1930s-style carriage to sample

  • Picture yourself here

    ANDREW HITCHON call in to the most-visited museum outside London - the National Museum of Photography, Film, and Television in Bradford It's appropriate that an institution devoted to the creation of images should want to upgrade its own every once in

  • All bound for Bronte land

    As a shocking new book links Charlotte Bront to the deaths of her brother and sisters, Alan Wright took the literary trail to Haworth, home of the celebrated family The sign at the entrance told us that this was the druggist's shop where Branwell Bront

  • A walk in the woods

    Malcolm Baylis visits a treasure trove of rare trees and shrubs at a unique North Yorkshire arboretum If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise ... well, nothing could be more true of a day out to Thorp Perrow Arboretum, home of

  • Having Fun and saving the earth

    Richard Foster enjoys a family day out at a radical theme park where there was not a white-knuckle ride in sight . We must stop treating the planet earth as a giant dustbin. This is the message of the Earth Centre, near Doncaster, where £100 million is

  • Market Weighton to Beverley

    Make tracks for rail lines Brian Beadle suggests off-road routes for mountain bikers to try out this winter To keep you cycling off-road during the winter months old railway tracks are useful. There are many of these disused tracks around York, Hull and

  • Take the drovers' road to Hambleton

    The Hambleton Road, Drove Road or Hambleton Street is part of an ancient highway running from Scotland to the south of England and is certainly the best preserved drove road in Yorkshire. It was probably used by hunters before it became an important trade

  • McNiven on the mark again for City

    DECISION day approaches for York City trialists David McNiven and Phil Hadland after the Minstermen continued their run of pre-season victories with a 2-1 win over non-league Newcastle Town. City boss Terry Dolan confirmed he expects to come to a decision

  • Another long summer of racing on the cards

    THIS season's controversial non-stop summer of racing is to be repeated in 2001. Publication today of the fixture list for next year revealed meetings are scheduled for 14 successive Sundays from June 3 to September 2. York will again stage a Sunday race

  • Foot misses out

    YORK swimmer Caroline Foot's Olympic dream is over. The 35-year-old finished fourth in the 100m butterfly final at the ASA National Championships in Sheffield last night. With these championships doubling up as the British trials for the Sydney Games,

  • Complaints against police on rise

    COMPLAINTS from members of the public about "incivility and inconsiderate behaviour" by North Yorkshire police officers are on the increase, an internal force report shows. For a two-month period from April 1 to May 31 this year, there were 55 per cent

  • Noel set for York gig?

    OASIS songsmith Noel Gallagher may be appearing at Fibbers in October with his "other" band Tailgunner, for which he plays drums. The group, which is headed by former Oasis engineer Mark Coyle, formed in 1998 and releases a debut album, on which Noel

  • York drunkard 'owes £2,000 fines'

    A YORK drunkard owes so much money in court bills he could be paying it off for the rest of his life, the city's magistrates heard. Dick De La Tour, 49, of Garfield Terrace, Leeman Road, was making the latest of many appearances before them. He pleaded

  • Dawn brightens up the street

    ECCENTRIC street cleaner Dawn Morrill is loved by children and ducks alike for her unusual outfit, cart decorations and occasional life-saving activities. Dawn, 42, is Stamford Bridge's street cleaner and as well as providing a peculiar visual spectacle

  • A journey back in time

    A TRIP down memory lane is on offer at the National Railway Museum in York. The museum has launched a series of reminiscence meetings to give visitors the chance to share their memories from the past. Next month the get-togethers will allow the nostalgic

  • Dying breed farmer's struggle features on TV

    THE STRUGGLES of Holtby pig farmer Chris England and his family will be highlighted on national TV as a documentary follows him taking the difficult decision to turn his back on farming. Chris, a well-known figure in the British Pig Industry Support Group

  • Get out and a-spout

    Taking advantage of blisteringly good weather, DAN RUTSTEIN visited the beautiful holes and waterfalls of North Yorkshire One of the best things about living in York is being able to escape to the countryside After a long week at work, you can jump in

  • The Ultimate in family fun

    Mike Laycock and relatives visited Lightwater Valley - and found it a literally hair-raising experience It's while you are clunking up the long, steep slope, strapped into your seat and with no chance of escape, that the questions start to flit through

  • Hall of fame

    Mike Laycock viewed some national treasures at a stately home near York - while his kids played in an adventure playground outside You might think you would face a 400-mile round journey to London to see paintings from the National Portrait Gallery. Well

  • Where to banish stress

    Dan Rutstein got three trips for the price of one when he visited Malham It may be a long drive to Malham up in the Yorkshire Dales, but when you arrive, you certainly get your money's worth. There are no fewer than three features all worth visiting in

  • Camping it up

    A North Yorkshire modern history theme museum has been winning tourism awards for years. Dan Rutstein visited Eden Camp to see what all the fuss is about As you stumble through the submarine, smoke filling the air, men drowning around you, you know you

  • Visiting time

    Today, many attractions are reopening for the start of the tourist season. CHRIS TITLEY visited one as it prepared to meet the public Beningbrough Hall opened its imposing doors to the first visitors of the Millennium on October 11, 1999. The Georgian

  • Lost world

    Mike Laycock travelled to the Wolds to visit one of Britain's best-known deserted medieval villages. It was once - some 600 years ago - a bustling village of 30 peasant homes, along with a manor house, parish church, mill pond, fishery, corn barn, common

  • Slide Show

    IT'S not the first place that springs to mind for a day-out from York. It is hardly a tourist hot-spot. But I spent a very pleasant few hours in Selby with my daughter last weekend: firstly at the Abbey Leisure Centre and then at the town's abbey, before

  • Hide and seek

    PETER Ward is doing an excellent job of selling his home town. "Pock is unique. It's got a catchment area of its own. People just pop into Pock. There's everything you need in Pock." Pock is, of course, Pocklington, and Peter Ward is the proprietor of

  • Show time

    Hidden away in East Yorkshire is an attractive garden which has become a gallery, as JOHN WHEATCROFT discovers. MANY of us dream about how we might spend our time after retirement. German teacher Paul Priestley-Leach acted on his fantasy by creating a

  • Onfoot patrol

    Reflexology is as old as acupuncture, but is it more than a foot massage? MAXINE GORDON finds out If you thought your feet were just for walking, think again. According to the ancient art of reflexology, feet can reveal much about lifestyle and health

  • Fighting the flu

    As a flu epidemic grips the nation, MAXINE GORDON asks the experts what we can do to beat the bug Your body aches as if you've just gone five rounds with Lennox Lewis; your bed has turned into a sauna; your cough is enough to rival a 40-a-day Woodbine

  • Peak of fitness

    Five years ago this month I was standing on the edge of the Tibetan plateau after a week's hard trekking through the foothills of the Nepal Himalayas. I'd humped an 11kg backpack up steep donkey paths, past the snow line and through the Annapurna mountain

  • Alternative medicine

    Andy Field is a doctor with a distinctive remedy for an ailing health service. Stephen Lewis met him ANDY Field has a vivid image to describe the way the health service operates. "A lot of what we do, so-called 'heroic medicine', is catching people once

  • Eat your way to good health

    STEPHEN LEWIS finds we are only as healthy as the food we eat... EATING plenty of fresh fruit and veg is good for you. Isn't it? Of course. But according to the ancient, traditional diets of China, Japan and India, healthy eating isn't just about counting

  • Matters of the heart

    York District Hospital consultant Dr Roger Boyle is the Government's new 'Heart Tsar'. He talked to Evening Press reporter DAVID WILES about the challenges that lie ahead The scale of the task facing York consultant Dr Roger Boyle in his new role as Heart

  • Switch off that Air supply

    Switch off that Air supply Evening Press News Editor FRANCINE CLEE is now three months into her drive to get fit for a Himalayan trek, and gym is not always proving blissful... Twelve minutes. On a treadmill, it can seem an eternity when you've just pushed

  • Fifty-plus and fighting fit

    It's never too late to take up a simple exercise regime, finds STEPHEN LEWIS - and it could help you stay healthy, happy and independent into your old age There's nothing like a little gentle exercise to keep those muscles loose and those joints from

  • The kids are all right

    Thursday is now children's day at the Healing Clinic in York's Fulford Cross. Stephen Lewis spoke to two local mums about how complementary medicine helped their children. Hermione Anderson is sitting happily in her mum's arms, gazing about with big,

  • The joys of being a forties mum

    As Cherie Blair becomes a mum again at 45, MAXINE GORDON speaks to three York women about their experiences of having children in their 40s. Nappy changing and broken nights are two chores Cherie and Tony Blair are getting used to again now their fourth

  • Neville ready to face critics

    MANCHESTER United's Phil Neville could make his first appearance since his Euro 2000 penalty gaffe against either York City or Scarborough, writes Dave Stanford. The Red Devils are scheduled to play at Scarborough on Friday night and Bootham Crescent

  • McNiven on the mark again for City

    DECISION day approaches for York City trialists David McNiven and Phil Hadland after the Minstermen continued their run of pre-season victories with a 2-1 win over non-league Newcastle Town. City boss Terry Dolan confirmed he expects to come to a decision

  • Open up this space

    I WAS greatly encouraged by your report on the York Civic Trust's stance concerning the latest Coppergate riverside development plan (July 20). I believe the council's 'public consultation' was in fact a soft sell marketing operation, conducted almost

  • York greets the Queen

    YORK gave the Queen and Prince Philip a rapturous welcome today on their first visit to the city in 12 years. Crowds packed York Station and well-wishers lined the route for the event, which hails the role of the northern Church in the Millennium year