• Choke scare on toy

    A LEADING cycle manufacturer is removing drinks bottles from a children's trike after a North Yorkshire toddler almost choked. Twenty-month-old Kelsey Pearson started "gagging" after the on-off stopper lid on the tricycle's drinks bottle became detached

  • Steps of history

    MARTIN LACY offers a second route through York for walkers missing their regular strolls in the countryside thanks to the foot and mouth crisis. IT'S always a good idea when out walking to look where your feet are going, but on this walk I would suggest

  • Music in schools is so important

    I WAS interested in Janet Hewison's article on ocarinas at Kingsway Junior School (March 3). I am involved in a project advising schools on a less formal introduction to very young children to the enjoyment of playing musical instruments. This is in the

  • No Bryan, cats are tops

    I DON'T care what Matthew Arnold (1822) and Bryan Marlowe (Feb 27) think about cats, for we 'love 'em'. How dare Bryan call them sadistic and snooty creatures who only favour when they want food and drink. We have two lovely cats and they keep us great

  • Head west

    DAN RUTSTEIN enjoys a romantic weekend in Halifax, of all the unlikely places WHEN I told my friends I was whisking my girlfriend away to Halifax for a Valentine's weekend of love and romance, they laughed. Deep down, I could see why. I mean, come on,

  • Surprise in store

    JULIAN COLE is surprised by what he finds tucked away at the back of a York department store. IT'S not the most obvious place for a restaurant. Through cosmetics, up the escalator by women's wear, through furnishings and aim for the beds. At the furthest

  • Getting shirty

    YORK City are getting shirty with youngsters from Canon Lee School. The club have linked up with the nearby secondary school in the search for design ideas for next season's new kits. The Minstermen, as reported in the Evening Press, have recently signed

  • Driver's stolen car bill anger

    AN ANGRY motorist had to stump up more than £100 to get back her stolen car - after it was found abandoned only 200 yards from her York home. The car was towed all the way to the other side of the city and the recovery fee was more than the cost of damage

  • Keen on greens

    As the scourge of foot and mouth disease among British livestock continues, now may be a good time to make more use of vegetables and transform the way you cook, eat and entertain, writes Hannah Stephenson. You don't have to turn vegetarian but you can

  • The peacock has landed

    The last remaining peacock in York's Museum Gardens, which was thought to have flown the nest, appears to have come home to roost. Staff at the Yorkshire Museum have made regular sightings of the peacock this week and Joe and Liz Raleigh, from Harrogate

  • Brave mum, 39, loses cancer fight

    A COURAGEOUS former York mother has lost her 15-year battle against breast cancer. Tributes have flooded in for Amanda Hill, 39, who died surrounded by family and friends in Malta, where she settled ten years ago. Amanda, who was known as Mandy, leaves

  • Crisis halts park concert

    THE foot and mouth outbreak has forced the cancellation of a concert by the York Minster Choir at Duncombe Park, near Helmsley. The concert, featuring Ian Carmichael, was to take place at Duncombe Park on Friday to raise funds for the North Yorkshire

  • Coroner's pledge on inquests

    INQUESTS on the 10 Selby rail disaster victims have opened with the promise to investigate all the facts "fully, thoroughly and fearlessly". Coroner David Hinchliff opened and adjourned the inquest at Harrogate Magistrates Court as family members of some

  • Five-year legacy of rail disaster

    TRAIN services up and down the East Coast Main Line could be hit for up to five years following the Hatfield and Great Heck crashes, the Evening Press has learned. The accidents - neither of which can be blamed on York-based train operator GNER - has

  • Six years for gun raid on chemist's

    AN armed robber who terrorised staff at his local pharmacy at gunpoint to get prescribed drugs, has been jailed for six years. Judge Jonathan Crabtree said Steven Douglas McShane's raid on Hargrave's Chemists, in Acomb, York, was similar to post office

  • The big switch

    Where would we be without washing machines and microwaves? As Discovery Week approaches, MAXINE GORDON looks at how electricity changed the way we live. MEALS which cook in minutes, a close shave without the palaver of lather, and clothes and dishes which

  • Joe paints a son of a gun

    IT never occurred to me to think of Jesus Christ as a cowboy. But then I'm not an artist, although that word has been used as suffix in a certain expression of a derogation. A pile of bricks, even in the Tate Gallery, is just a pile of bricks to me. But

  • Castle army marches out

    MORE than a hundred chanting demonstrators marched through the centre of York today in an effort to stop the controversial Coppergate Riverside shopping centre scheme. Shouting "Our city is not for sale", the protesters assembled in Exhibition Square

  • French connection

    ARE York Wasps on course for another French revolution? Three Northern Ford Premiership clubs will join teams from France and Russia in an elite European rugby league tournament next season. Two of the NFP clubs invited to take part have already agreed

  • Blow by blow

    DISAPPOINTED York landlord Shaun Collinge suffered a double blow this week with his beloved Leeds losing to Real Madrid and his beloved pub coming second in an ale competition. Mr Collinge, landlord of The Maltings, Tanners Moat, York, had been reigning

  • Well done, Matthew

    I AM a British foreign correspondent and have just retired following 40 odd years in Rome. As a northerner, I keep in close contact with my family and friends in Lancashire and Yorkshire. The other day I pinned a large cutting on the notice board of the

  • More than a bolt

    DOROTHY Nicholson stated in her letter ('City pools have taken a dive', March 3) that the Barbican pool was closed for repair work for three months due to a couple of roof bolts. May I stress to Mrs Parkinson, vice chair of the Barbican Action Group,

  • Many thanks

    I SHOULD like to endorse what Mrs Moll says about the doctors and nurses at the District Hospital (Letters, March 2). I have recently been on the day ward and cannot fault the treatment I received. Thank you Yvonne, Rebecca, Katie and Janet and all who

  • Mahler muddle

    AS a member of the audience at the BBC Philharmonic concert at the University of York on March 2, I was struck by the fact that the advertised work for soprano and orchestra, Mahler's Kindertotenlieder, was not being performed, but another set of songs

  • It's only fair

    Coffee and chocolate are not the only Fairtrade goods you can put in your shopping basket, discovers MAXINE GORDON. COMPASSION and consumerism are words rarely used together - except when it comes to the business of buying Fairtrade goods. And what a

  • Fishy work

    IT should come as no surprise that Pisceans love seafood. Those born under this fishy star sign will devour anything from exotic oysters to plain salmon. Their favourite flavours are saffron and garlic, for savoury dishes, and nutmeg and vanilla for sweet

  • Claws out for City match

    YORKIE the lion was sharpening his claws today ready to do battle in the mascots stakes with Sammy the Stag as his side, York City, took on Mansfield this afternoon. The loveable mascot, who had a run in with Sammy at the Mascots Grand National last year

  • Batman Mark on hit mission

    A NEW man at the helm is working hard to make table tennis a hit with youngsters in North Yorkshire. Mark Smith, who played at under-21 international level for England, is busy setting up new schemes in schools all over the county to promote the game.

  • Webster back on track

    EASINGWOLD'S record-breaking sidecar world champion Steve Webster is back on the glory trail tomorrow when his 2001 season gets underway at Valencia in Spain. Webster's opener in the quest for a fifth consecutive and ninth overall world title, is the

  • School set to realise hoop dream

    HOOPS of delight are rebounding around Huntington School after it was earmarked for elevation by English basketball bosses. Talks with the York and District Basketball Development Forum have finalised an agreement whereby the school will be developed

  • White Rose success for Wild York gymnasts

    PRECIOUS metals to the power of 13 were seized by the York City Gymnastic Foundation. The York side, coached by Stan and Liz Wild, amassed two gold, eight silver and three bronze medals at the White Rose amateur gymnastics competition at Hull against

  • Cruel leg-break is snow-go blow

    Easingwold Cricket Club must begin their defence of the Hunters York and District Senior League without captain Martin Robinson after he suffered a horrific injury in a snowboarding accident. Robinson, who made more than 600 runs last season, broke his

  • Fox flare

    RISING star Peter Fox has the rugby league world at his feet after signing for top Super League club Leeds Rhinos. The 16-year-old York Acorn starlet has put pen to paper on a part-time Academy contract after impressing during training sessions with the