• Waterways were a vital lifeline for businesses in city

    YORK'S riverside may be occupied by trendy bars and exclusive apartments after years of redevelopment, but the buildings are still recognisable in these pictures from the city's more industrial past. For hundreds of years, the Ouse has been the city's

  • How we went back to school

    Jo-ann Hodgson has fun on campus in the name of charity. DOING their bit for Children in Need, the university RAG charity organisation put on a Back To School disco last Friday, with all proceeds going to the heavily-publicised cause. The event was held

  • Man who hunted the dead dodo

    THE dodo may be dead - so dead, in fact, as to have become the stuff of proverb - but at least the unfortunate flightless bird is not forgotten. And for that, we may have the son of a North Yorkshire clergyman to thank. Harry Pasley Higginson was a true

  • Lighting-up time

    A GRAND dame by day, a sultry beauty by night - York displays her bejewelled finery after dark. The nightscape transforms the city as street lamps or floodlights lend an even greater grandeur to the historic buildings. A time exposure eradicates the traffic

  • Blueprint for a better city

    CLIMB aboard the Yesterday Once More time machine, and hold on tight. Today, we are going back to the future. This journey is brought to you by Kathleen Shilleto, from Stockton-on-the-Forest, York. She read our feature late last month headlined, "Where's

  • Taking the wind out of its sails

    ONCE York had 20 windmills, but only one survives. Holgate Mill was built in 1792, on the site of a 15th century mill, and now stands in the middle of a roundabout at the top of Windmill Rise. The photograph shows it, then known as Acomb Windmill, as

  • Classic day at York races

    ROYAL Ascot at York is a one-off, a first, unprecedented. One of the biggest meetings of the racing year is to be shifted North. Up to 60,000 racegoers from around the country are expected at Knavesmire each day during the 2005 festival. The city will

  • A real basinful of change on Foss

    THIS week's Yesterday Once More comes from one of York's busiest areas around the River Foss. The picture, from 1956, shows the dredger, Reklaw, gliding slowly under Layerthorpe Bridge. The barge was later converted into a pleasure craft for disabled

  • Terry's redundancy deal agreed

    REDUNDANCY terms - "significantly better than the statutory minimum" - have been agreed for more than 300 Terry's workers facing the axe. Employees' hopes of finding alternative work when the chocolate factory shuts next year have been boosted by news

  • Freeze frame... from winters of the past

    AS YORK and North Yorkshire shiver in the cold snap, we take readers back to the days when winter really used to bite. Our first picture, from 1958, shows early morning skater Sheila Prickett enjoying the Rowntree Park lake all to herself. Must have been

  • What can we do with Terry's old factory?

    COUNCIL bosses are drawing up a blueprint for the redevelopment of the Terry's factory, following its closure next year. They say a single, comprehensive vision is needed, creating a distinctive campus or village style. They outline several possible uses

  • Future for York after Terry's goes

    The fight to save Terry's is over. So what can we do to make sure other big multi-nationals don't cut and run in the same way; and how can York continue to compete in the global jobs market? STEPHEN LEWIS reports. SO now we know. Two hundred years of

  • The day war nearly broke out

    York historian PETER KIRTON recalls a nerve-racking time as a soldier in post-war Berlin. THE story behind a major incident that happened over 50 years ago has just been fully explained, courtesy of the regimental magazine of the Light Infantry, The Silver

  • Terry's jobs fight is over

    THE battle to save Terry's for York is over. Parent company Kraft Foods today confirmed it was pressing ahead with the closure of the famous chocolate factory and transfer of production abroad, with the loss of 316 jobs. The announcement came after the

  • Forgotten Flora, York's own hero

    Until BBC war correspondent Kate Adie published her latest book, the name of Flora Sandes had been virtually forgotten. Yet hers is a remarkable tale of a York woman who ignored convention to fight at the front line. WAR heroes such as Flora Sandes are

  • Pension fear for Terry's workers

    OLDER workers facing redundancy from Terry's in York fear their pensions could be badly hit. One employee told the Evening Press that staff in their 50s - who had stuck loyally with the company for decades - were concerned they would suffer drastic reductions

  • Nestl staff back Terry's campaign

    HUNDREDS of Nestl Rowntree workers are backing the campaign to save York's other chocolate factory. More than 300 Nestl employees have signed the Evening Press petition calling for Terry's to remain in the York area. Their support takes the total number

  • The day Arthur's war was over

    TOMORROW will be emotional for Arthur Briggs. "I think it will be a bit tearful on both sides," the 82-year-old confessed, his eyes misting over at the prospect. Sixty years ago tomorrow, on December 2, 1943, Arthur flew his last mission of the war. To

  • No reason to quit York says ex-MD

    A FORMER managing director of Terry's today backed our campaign to save the York company - saying he could not understand the commercial rationale for moving production abroad. Ian Johnston, who was managing director from 1963 to 1977, and then chairman

  • A cliffhanger ending

    With news that York's Odeon Cinema could be about to close, MATTHEW WOODCOCK looks back at its 66-year history. SCOTT of the Antarctic was the most successful film ever shown at the York Odeon. Its popularity in 1948 with both schoolchildren and adults

  • Preview: Going Dutch, Grand Opera House, York, January 24-29

    West End stage star Gemma Craven talks to Charles Hutchinson about her excitement at making her Hull Truck debut in John Godber's 44th play, Going Dutch. WELCOME to Hull, Gemma Craven, star of the West End stage, film and television screen. "We're opposite

  • Still smiling on the factory floor

    Terry's chocolate factory is a famous York landmark. But what is it like inside? Chief Reporter Mike Laycock and photographer Paul Baker toured the huge - and often empty - complex. The vast and cavernous room stretched for hundreds of yards, perhaps

  • Preview: Pocklington Arts Centre's new season

    POCKLINGTON Arts Centre will celebrate its fifth anniversary next month. Starting off with a beautiful, but very empty, converted listed building at Oak House with no funds, the centre now draws 25,000 visitors a year. Supported by volunteers from the

  • Great pub days

    WE all know about the glorious history of York pubs. That there were 365, one for each day of the year. That the 19th and 20th centuries were a boom time for pubs. That this irritating cult for changing their names is a modern phenomenon. Think again.

  • Terry's bosses meet unions

    MANAGEMENT from Terry's have come face-to-face with union leaders to explain their decision to close the site. Commercially-sensitive information was offered to representatives from the GMB and Amicus unions to explain why the decision to close the site

  • Fiery nights to remember

    THE spirits should have settled down for another year now that Hallowe'en is behind us. But that does not mean an end to nightly disturbances. This week things will not only go bump in the night, they will go flash, bang and wallop too. The loudest festivities

  • Putting history on the map

    IT IS easy to forget when you're barrelling down the motorway at 80mph or stuck in a traffic jam on the York outer ring road, but the landscape in which we live bears upon it the handprint of history. It has been shaped by generations of our ancestors

  • All hail the king of cabs

    Sunderland-based historian Keith Gregson recalls a York-born inventor. DO you ever wonder what it must be like to leave your name to posterity - how nice it would be to be a Lennon or McCartney, a Bach or a Michelangelo? Better still to have a name attached

  • Terrys sign up to save historical family link

    THE campaign to save Terry's has won backing from... the Terrys. Peter Terry and eight other members of the Terry family have signed up to our petition, which calls for the famous chocolate factory to remain in the York area. Mr Terry, 85, of Brandsby

  • Readers' letters - Get real about Terry's

    IT is time the people of York and beyond dragged themselves into the real world with regard to the Terry's closure. The owners of the building are going to close the place and flog it for as much as they can get. They couldn't care less what people are

  • Get back in the groove

    YORK music of yesteryear can now be enjoyed all over again. York Oral History Society's music project last year resulted in two books, an exhibition, and tapes of interviews with many people involved in the city's music scene, together with over 1,700

  • Readers' letters - Kraft has run down the Terry's plant

    AFTER marrying into a family of past and present Terry's workers, I have lost count of the number of times I have heard the phrase "we have stopped making them". This has been going on since Kraft bought the company. Kraft have purposely stopped making

  • Town flows with history

    CRAG Rats will be delighted. So keen were they to get hold of Arnold Kellett's book the first time round, that it quickly sold out. Now Images of England: Knaresborough has been republished, with some of the captions updated. And it is already being snapped

  • Flickers of life

    IT must have been quite a moment for those gathered at York's Exhibition Hall two days before Christmas in 1896. Suddenly a light flickered in the gloom and the audience were treated to the very latest thing in entertainment - a moving picture show. William

  • Readers' letters - Kraft is disloyal

    DESPITE living on the South Coast I am shocked to read Terry's chocolate firm is dumping York and its workforce and skipping out to Poland or thereabouts. How disloyal can a company get? I am all for British goods and local produce and have always bought

  • Made by the Minster men

    AFTER the monumental scale of the Minster, it must have been refreshing to tackle something on a more human scale. But the stonemasons who built the small parish church in Skelton invested it with the same love and care as they had lavished on York's

  • Railfest celebrates 200 years of the train

    One of the UK's biggest ever rail festivals is being planned by the National Railway Museum to celebrate the bicentenary of the train. Record-breakers and history-makers from all over the country will be arriving in York to mark 200 years of progress

  • UK 'an easy touch for multinationals'

    A LEADING Euro MP claimed today that the decision by Kraft Foods to close Terry's chocolate factory in York was another example of multinational companies thinking the UK was an "easy touch". Yorkshire and Humber MEP David Bowe said it was easier and

  • Readers' letters - We should all join in

    CONGRATULATIONS to the Evening Press and the GMB union for taking on Kraft Foods over its threat to close Terry's. Yet again a corporate giant tries to increase profit at the expense of workers, by moving jobs to countries where they can get away with

  • Sporting life of York Harriers

    SPORT fans will be glued to the box this Bank Holiday to watch if Britain's athletes can run, jump and fling their way on to the medals podium. The ninth World Athletics Champion-ships is a festival of fitness, pitting the globe's finest and fastest against

  • Reader's letter - Who sold off Terry's, Mr Terry?

    I WAS amused to read in your Save Terry's campaign that "the last surviving Terry" blames "people from abroad who take over without having a local interest". I take it his family sold the company in the first place, not caring or thinking about the possible

  • Death stalked 'lucky' warriors

    Eddie Eyres met his future wife Pat in wartime York in macabre circumstances that sum up the lives of Australian airmen in Bomber Command in the Second World War. Eddie, a pilot from Queensland, walked into a coffee shop on Stonegate. His wife-to-be was

  • Fruits to keep York name

    THEY will no longer be made in York if Terry's closes down next year - but York Fruits will continue to keep their traditional name. Terry's American owners Kraft say the fruit flavour jellies' brand name is a trademark, and so they can continue being

  • Education of the old school

    THAT'LL Teach 'Em, the new Channel 4 series in which modern teenagers are sent back to a 1950s-style school, has brought memories of her own schooldays flooding back for one York woman. Barbara Pettitt, now a 66-year-old grandmother-of-five who lives

  • Support grows for Terry's campaign

    SUPPORT is coming in for our campaign to save Terry's - from across the York community and much further afield. Scores of people have already signed our petition, which calls for the American-owned chocolate factory to remain in the York area. Former

  • Postcards on the way... out!

    WSH u wre hre... so might run a typical text message from a holidaymaker to the folks back home. A few days ago we revealed how the popularity of mobile phones and email is having a serious effect on that more traditional communications device: the postcard

  • MP meets Terry's boss

    YORK MP Hugh Bayley has held talks with Terry's boss John Pollock and union leaders about plans to close the chocolate factory next year. The MP said after yesterday's meeting at the factory in Bishopthorpe Road that Mr Pollock had explained why Kraft

  • Pikes hope to toast more Vase success

    PICKERING Town go in search of history tomorrow by reaching the last 16 of the FA Vase for the first time ever. Alex Mathie's men face Middlesex outfit Brook House at the Recreation Ground as they bid to go one better than the club twice did under previous

  • Terry's 'body blow'

    A SENIOR Cabinet Minister has declared Terry's decision to close its historic factory as a "body blow" for York The Leader of the House of Commons, Peter Hain, told MPs: "It is a very serious situation with the job losses - it is a body blow." York MP

  • Tadcaster back after enforced absence

    TADCASTER Albion boss Jim Collis is hoping rest leads to reinvigoration and rejuvenation rather than rustiness and relapse. His side have played only one game since before Christmas - the goalless draw at Lincoln Moorlands - due to postponements, but

  • Of horses, hills and Horcum

    NORTH Yorkshire is littered with legends of great serpents, dragons and worms - none more gruesome than that of the Sexhow Worm. This fearsome serpent, so the story goes, had a poisoned tongue, breathed fire and smoke, and had teeth as large as the prongs

  • Flat refusal

    YORK council leader Steve Galloway has sought to quash rumours that Terry's chocolate factory will easily fall into the hands of residential property developers. Coun Galloway said he wanted to put out the message that the council would "vigorously" resist

  • Preview: Sleeping Beauty, York Theatre Royal, until January 29.

    LUCY Hunter-James is the new principal boy in the York Theatre Royal pantomime. Welcome to the northern madhouse, Lucy, from Banbury in the south. "I'd been writing to Damian Cruden the artistic director for various productions since leaving Rose Bruford

  • Return to glory days of park life

    LITTLE Mary Birkby must have been getting under her mother's feet, because she told her son George to take the five-year-old girl to Rowntree Park. George, nine years older than his little sister, duly obliged. But this was no ordinary day at the park

  • Pledging to help the poor

    ON Wednesday, October 14, 1778, Samuel Robinson left his home in Walmgate, York, with something under his arm. He made his way towards the city centre before ducking into the dark alley called Lady Peckett's Yard. There he pushed open the door underneath

  • The good news day

    IT was the day that Britain needed. After six years of war, and the austerity that followed, the people were ready to rediscover national pride, march into a hopeful new era, and have a right old knees-up. The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 50 years

  • Why Plane City never took off

    THESE sleek aeroplanes should have had York stamped all over them. They were designed and built by Airspeed Ltd, the aircraft factory set up in York - but which later relocated, lock, stock and undercarriage, to the more forward-thinking town of Portsmouth

  • When York was a city of Angels

    IN 1968, a group of young men in their late teens and early twenties were having the time of their lives in London. Wearing their hair long and their clothes flowery, this talented quintet performed what was described as "harmony-based acid pop" as the

  • Memories of a country childhood

    DAISY Naylor is 93, but vividly remembers her childhood on a farm near Stamford Bridge. It was both a harder and a freer upbringing than children know today, and her tale of rural life early in the last century makes for fascinating reading. We have Mrs

  • Dr Beeching: villain or visionary?

    WE all know what Dr Richard Beeching did to our railways. He butchered them. He took an axe to Britain's cherished rural rail network, leaving abandoned stations and the villages they served to rot. Except that he didn't. For a start that infamous Beeching

  • Shipwrecks give up their deep secrets

    THE sea deserves a lot of respect, says Ron Young, "because it doesn't respect you". He should know. For 35 years he was a diver, and spent much of his time underwater exploring the wrecks of ships swallowed up by the vast ocean. After completing his

  • We had a ball

    RECENTLY we exhibited for your viewing pleasure selections of photographs from the 1951 York Festival. This was our city's contribution to the post-war celebration of nationhood, the Festival of Britain. That inspired a flurry of letters, and a phone

  • Relating to York's history

    HERE'S a new twist on family history: a mother and son who have both written books about times past. Audrey and Chris Corbett's publications are very different in terms of scope and content, but equally interesting to a devotee of social history. Chris's

  • Supporting cast

    THE first Yesterday Once More of the New Year seems a good moment to dip into the postbag. We have more faces for you to identify and more memories prompted by previous articles. First we take to the river bank. The wonderfully evocative photograph of

  • Giving it the works

    This year, the Evening Press held a writing competition. Entrants had to pen a factual article on York. In the first of the three winning entries to be published, ROB OLDFIELD recalls the carriageworks HOWEVER well you think you know York there's always

  • Mile mannered man

    ONE day you might spot him. The first clue will be his motorbike, parked by the roadside. Then your eye will be caught by the rider hacking back at the verge weeds, or perhaps clicking away with his camera and making detailed notes in a pad. Don't worry

  • Stage at the heart of York

    DAME Berwick Kaler will meet the class of 2002 babbies and bairns for the first time on Wednesday. And when he takes to the stage for his 24th pantomime, he will know his legendary performances are part of the history of one of Britain's greatest theatres

  • John, Paul, George, Ringo and Daphne

    YORK music lover Ian Jeffery has always loved The Beatles. "I was in The Beatles fan club in the Sixties," he said. "Although I never actually saw them, I've always been a keen Beatles collector." That collection has ebbed and flowed over the years. Once

  • My dad was a bobby ...and a firefighter

    THEIR walk-out has reminded us that modern firefighters do a complex job. Firemen and women not only fight fires, they free road accident victims, perform river rescues, pump water from flooded homes and check properties are safe. For their predecessors

  • JCB Operator

    JCB Operator York area must be experienced and have current driving licence. Call office 01904 481891. Updated: 15:03 Friday, January 21, 2005

  • Cleaners

    Cleaners required Clifton Moor, 5-7pm, Mon-Fri. Tel. 01274 660860. Updated: 15:02 Friday, January 21, 2005

  • When York got rhythm

    WRITER Van Wilson has, during the past three years, interviewed scores of musicians for York Oral History Society. Extracts from these interviews form the basis of two books celebrating the city's vibrant live music scene from 1930 to 1970. The first

  • Win or bust for York

    YORK know only a victory will keep their promotion prospects alive when they take on Consett at Clifton Park tomorrow. But they will have to conquer a stubborn County Durham side who have their own ideas about reaching the top of the pile in Durham and

  • Plugging book gap in city of delights

    DAY after day, residents and tourists would make the same inquiry. Do you have a concise history of York? Eventually, a group of booksellers at Waterstone's began to realise that maybe they had discovered a gap in the market. They endeavoured to do something

  • Wicca's world

    ON Thursday night, we will all answer the door to find assorted little devils, imps and ghosts thrusting forward a bag half filled with processed sugar to the cry of "Trick or treat". This Americanisation of Hallowe'en makes those of a nostalgic bent

  • Real steam spirit

    NORMAN Johnston was brought up some distance away from the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER). His childhood home was many miles and a stretch of water away from London; and although he lived in the north-east, as a Fermanagh kid, that was the

  • Fighters of Fulford

    ON a warm September day almost 1,000 years ago, a line of English soldiers crouched behind a wall of shields in the marshes beside the River Ouse at what is now Fulford Ings. Ranged against them were the 7,000 or so Viking troops of the Norwegian king

  • Major infamy

    MAJOR John Hatfield, it was obvious, was a gentleman through and through. He arrived in Scarb-orough in 1792, a tall, well-spoken, well-bred man who apparently had the Duke of Rutland's backing to stand for one of the borough's two Parliamentary seats

  • The Groves grow up

    YOU should never look back, they say. No good comes of it. Try telling that to Avril Webster Appleton. The York author has been peering over her shoulder in print for several years, bringing back many happy memories for local people in the process. Her

  • Back beats

    ANY of these boys strike a chord? They were doing just that in York's pubs and clubs back in the city's swinging Sixties. Some of the city's guitar heroes only knew the one chord when they started off, but regular gigs on the circuit soon polished their

  • I know that face

    A DIP into the postbag is well overdue, and what better time to sit back and enjoy some of your responses to Yesterday Once More than Bank Holiday Monday? Lots of faces to scrutinise in our photographs, but first, we return to the theme of our previous

  • Painting pictures

    NO other mass medium comes close to generating the magical memories of the movies. The telly, the wireless, even the theatre do not evoke the same sense of a communal occasion. Back when people went two or three times a week, every trip to those grand

  • Everyday story of the village people

    BY Yorkshire standards, Yeoman Williamson is still a relative newcomer to Grosmont. He has, he points out, lived in the North York Moors village for 'only' 50 years. It may seem a little presumptuous of him, then, to have attempted to write a history

  • Guide to yesteryear

    THOUSANDS of people flocked to Scarborough over the weekend to make the most of glorious sunny weather. Many of them will have bought a glossy guidebook detailing the history, attractions, hotels and nightlife on offer at the resort. But this week, a

  • Motherly myths and mysteries

    MOTHER Shipton is a legend. Ask anyone about her, and they are likely to scratch together a few facts: witch, prophetess, lived in a cave... Yet despite this fame, no one had undertaken a serious, historical study into her life. Until now. Yorkshire historian

  • A dramatic century

    THE words amateur dramatics conjure up a variety of images, few of them flattering, which usually involve draughty village halls, variable singing skills and shaky stage sets. But a York group of accomplished amateur performers continues to dispel that

  • Let there be flight

    WHEN Brian Mennell first started flying from Rufforth Airfield he asked about its history, only to be told that "nothing happened" there. This did not satisfy the tenacious retired policeman, so he kept asking. The result is his 112-page book packed with

  • Pirates of the airwaves

    LAST week we journeyed to Bridlington and Scarborough to reminisce about bygone summer holidays. This week we return to the Yorkshire coast for an altogether more swashbuckling tale of pirates on the high seas. These pirates did not brandish cutlasses

  • Living hell of D-Day on French beaches

    LAST Thursday marked the anniversary of D-Day. Fifty-eight years earlier, the Allied invasion force had landed in Normandy as the long-awaited Operation Overlord got underway; by midnight, 155,000 troops were ashore, for the loss of 9,000 men. Among the

  • The trophy zone

    The magnificent Travis Perkins UK Snooker Championship trophy won't be the only glittering prize on display at York's Barbican Centre during the big tournament. The new Masters trophy will be on show in the CueZone area in the lower gym. Leeds ace Paul

  • Such celebrations

    ON this Royal holiday, it is fitting to begin Yesterday Once More with some monarchical memories. Readers have brought in their own mementoes of previous days of pomp and pageantry. Pauline Wilson was clearing out "some of my junk" when she came across

  • Keeping Dickens alive

    CHARLES Dickens was in York on Friday. Cedric Charles Dickens that is, great grandson of the commanding Victorian writer. He was taking up a long-standing invitation by the Dickens Fellowship, York branch. Mr Dickens is rightly proud of his famous forebear

  • Valleys are on the rise

    For the second year in succession, a Welshman won snooker's second biggest prize when Matthew Stevens triumphed in last year's Travis Perkins UK Championship final at York's Barbican Centre. The 26-year-old from Carmarthen recovered from being 4-0 down

  • Review of 2003 championship

    A NEW name went on the UK Snooker Championship trophy last year as Welshman Matthew Stevens gained the first ranking title of his career at the end of a York tournament full of surprises. Stevens came back from 4-0 down to beat Stephen Hendry 10-8. It

  • That's how we did it

    THEY don't make 'em like they used to. And this well-worn lament is never more true than when it applies to country crafts. The former army of skilled men and women bodging, weaving and whittling has dwindled to a handful keeping the traditions alive.

  • History of UK event

    This year is the 28th UK Snooker Championship. Steve Davis has won the title six times and Stephen Hendry five. When it began in 1977 the event was open only to British residents and passport holders. With a field of 24, it was held at Blackpool Tower

  • Night the bombs fell across York

    WHEN the sun came up over York 60 years ago today, it exposed scenes of devastation. Houses were destroyed, the Guildhall burnt out. The Bar Convent had collapsed, killing five nuns. Pavements were littered with rubble and shattered glass. Huge craters

  • Royal picture recalled

    THIS week we remember the Queen Mother's first visit to York. Readers will recall how we published a photograph of the Duke and Duchess of York, as the future King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were then, and asked for your help in identifying it last

  • Doctor knew best

    IN the early years of the last century, York's heritage was imperilled by progress. Landmarks across the city were under threat from roads, trams and an over-zealous council. Then along came a doughty and persistent conservationist who fought to save

  • In the flow

    TRAFFIC on the River Ouse consists almost entirely of pleasure craft these days. From the yachtsmen and women who cruise from Naburn Marina into town to the tourists taking a trip on the White Rose Line, we all adore the river life of leisure. But this

  • Charity begins at home

    NEW Earswick is not so new any more. This year is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the "garden village", and the centenary celebrations began in appropriate fashion last week with the planting of a commemorative oak tree. More events are planned

  • Staying power of city hotels

    THE Royal York Hotel is being rechristened. Under its new name, it is no longer Royal or York, although it will remain a hotel. A Le Mridien hotel, to be precise, part of the global chain established in Paris by Air France 30 years ago. John Shannon,

  • York's touch of glass

    THESE views of York date from a different era of photography. Forget digital cameras, and even rolls of film. The York scenes above were captured on glass negatives. They were very kindly given to the Evening Press by Lilian Vear, who lives off Rawcliffe

  • A Grand century

    LAUREL and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Gracie Fields and Marty Feldman have much in common. They are among the most popular entertainers Britain (and America, in Oliver Hardy's case) ever produced; they were equally at home on film or in front of a live audience

  • GNER cancellations buck trend

    GNER managed to buck the national trend last year by reducing the number of cancelled trains, it was revealed today. Research carried out by the Liberal Democrats revealed the York-based train operator cancelled 457 services in the first nine months of

  • Tales of the hangman

    STEPHEN LEWIS discovers the hangmen of York were less than model citizens ANY delving into the murkier aspects of York's past is bound to yield copious details - some true, some mere legend - about the lives and deaths of the city's two most notorious

  • GNER gives warning over new trains

    THE dream of faster and more comfortable trains to London will be put on hold until 2006. GNER chief executive Christopher Garnett has revealed no new trains will be introduced on the East Coast Main Line until 2006 because the company was only granted

  • Brownie points from the past

    THE past will never be forgotten - thanks to our readers. Again our series of Yesterday Once More articles has prompted a fantastic postbag of memories, and it is time to dip into it again. Back on September 10 - how eerie that date now seems - we published

  • Book a date with history

    AS the success of television series like Battlefields and Blood Of The Vikings has proved, there's a huge public appetite for history. If someone you know loves to travel back in time, a history book makes the perfect Christmas present. For those who

  • Sound of silence on GNER trains

    TRAIN travellers who prefer the sound of silence to the shrill symphony of mobile phone ring tones can now go in peace thanks to the latest move by York-based rail firm GNER. From today, the firm is introducing new quiet coaches on all its East Coast

  • Council's pledge to GNER

    THE Government's failure to award GNER a 20-year rail franchise on the East Coast Main Line could have a "potentially devastating" threat on York, according to a leading councillor. In an emergency motion - passed almost unanimously - the full council

  • Fuming and frustrated

    ANGRY MPs and passengers today condemned a "scandalous" Government decision to extend GNER's franchise by only two years. Transport Secretary Stephen Byers went against the Strategic Rail Authority's recommendations for either GNER or Virgin or GNER to

  • GNER wins two year rail deal

    Transport Secretary Stephen Byers today extended the GNER franchise by two years, until April 2005. But, in a statement to the Stock Exchange at 3.30pm, Mr Byers said: "I regret that the process to negotiate a new 20-year deal has not proved successful

  • Trains franchise decision in days

    MINISTERS have pledged to announce the winner of the drawn-out battle for the East Coast Mainline franchise within two weeks. Last week, Transport Secretary Stephen Byers insisted he was still weighing up the submissions from GNER and Virgin. Parliament

  • GNER 'will win rail franchise'

    GNER is poised to clinch the East Coast Main Line franchise, it emerged today. The York-based train operator, supported with more than 2,000 signatures by the Evening Press Back The Bid campaign, is now widely expected to be announced as the Strategic

  • Out in the foothills

    The snow made for a magical walk just out of Pickering, leaving George Wilkinson happily alone in a sea of white. THE snow came and so not to miss out on the fun, I popped along to Aislaby, a mile from Pickering, and took one of the numerous tracks that

  • Bright and bitter

    George Wilkinson finds a warm welcome, a chilly wind and a motorcyclist's bare behind. SAWDON and the warmth of its Anvil Inn lay somewhere a couple of miles south-east. To the south the Wolds shone milky bright the far side of the flatland Carrs. The

  • Flooded with history

    MARK REID concludes his Dales stint by setting out from the delightful village green at Bainbridge. BAINBRIDGE is a delightful Dales village with a sprawling village green overlooked by a 15th Century inn. In medieval times this large green had an important

  • Late Dales days

    While George Wilkinson is away, MARK REID steps in with a Dales walk around Askrigg. UPPER Wensleydale offers some of the finest walking country in England with incredibly contrasting scenery. Late autumn is a great time to explore the maze of footpaths

  • Rock on...

    GEORGE WILKINSON samples the delights of Brimham Rocks. Brimham Rocks have been a popular source of amazement since the railways came to Nidderdale in Victorian times. We arrived, chatted to Steve Pilkington, the National Trust's car park attendant, and

  • Splashing out

    GEORGE WILKINSON falls for a surprisingly gentle five-mile walk setting out from Aysgarth. NEAR Aysgarth we found cheap parking and a nice day, and walked some pastures to said village, by walls splashed with lichens and the Wensleydale fells splashed

  • Stopping by

    Victoria Ellis steps in to help out with a civilised walk in the Howardian Hills. GEORGE Wilkinson has tweaked some small part of his left foot, and for a week or two will be walking no further than the freezer for his therapeutic frozen peas. So, like

  • Going flat out

    GEORGE WILKINSON is happy and untroubled on the flatlands close to Beverley, apart from an encounter with a trouser-tearing gate. BEVERLEY and its environs have been due an exploration, so we travelled on a hot Saturday to Tickton, a satellite of the

  • Middle march

    GEORGE WILKINSON takes a stroll to Middlesmoor, high in Nidderdale. Middlesmoor is a little village perched high up at a thousand feet in Upper Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A local woman out with her lurcher said that "it has probably

  • Not a sign after the kissing gate

    George Wilkinson walks across farmland in the evening and returns as the bats come out. SOMETIMES walks over farmland can be bothersome with beasts, barbed wire and all. However we were confident that today's five miles, from Great Barugh, near Malton

  • Easy does it

    GEORGE WILKINSON gets going on an easy route around Grassington. Grassington was quiet before the daily rush. We bought sandwiches and drove on over the River Wharfe the mile to Threshfield, not such an interesting village but a good place to start. And

  • Over the heather

    George Wilkinson roams around the rim of the Hole of Horcum. The Hole of Horcum is one enormous hole in the ground. Holiday makers driving over the North York Moors pull off the road, gaze at a depression big enough to swallow all the houses of Whitby

  • Send messages to UK troops in the Gulf via Press website

    A GULF War veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome is urging people to rally behind our troops by sending them messages of support through the Evening Press. Marianna Finch, 32, of Cumbrian Avenue, Strensall, York, was a member of the

  • Temple tour

    In this 350th walk for the Evening Press, George Wilkinson goes for an enjoyable and easy stroll around Escrick. ESCRICK is nice and convenient for a Bank Holiday outing from York or Selby, a quick nip along the A19. And we enjoyed ourselves on this toddle

  • Iraqis 'will fight for their country'

    HUMAN shield Antoinette McCormick, speaking from war-torn Baghdad today, said the message to her from ordinary Iraqis had been: "We hate Bush, but we love Americans." She believes they will resist when the Allies try to take Baghdad. "There is a strong

  • Bank on it

    George Wilkinson follows an appealing route to Sutton Bank. ON the buses again for a linear walk from Newgate Bank to Sutton Bank, an appealing route. We left Helmsley on a typically animated Friday market day, and the Moorsbus took us up to the viewpoint

  • British soldiers missing in Iraq

    TWO British soldiers are missing in southern Iraq, and several US marines have been killed in fighting around the city of Nasiriyah, in what has been described as the toughest day so far in the war in the Gulf. The Ministry of Defence would give no details

  • A dam good walk

    MARK REID brings a flooded village back to life as he walks round Thruscross Reservoir in the Washburn Valley. THRUSCROSS Reservoir is the uppermost of the four large reservoirs along the beautiful Washburn Valley; it is also perhaps the most intriguing

  • Muslims at cathedral

    DOZENS of members of two different faiths came together to pray for peace at a North Yorkshire cathedral. Muslims and Christians joined together at Ripon Cathedral to take part in prayer and silent thought on the ongoing conflict in Iraq. About 50 Muslims

  • Go wild

    GEORGE WILKINSON discovers there's plenty to do at the end of the line in Pickering. The 10.30am Moorsbus transported us from Pickering, via Thornton-le-Dale, past Dalby Forest where Status Quo were set to shake their timbers, to peaceful Lockton on the

  • Here for the beer

    A merry George Wilkinson follows part of the Inn Way through Rosedale. Beer and walking boots were the order of the day in Rosedale Abbey where a pair of size 13s hung over a brand new 'Inn Way' signpost. Andy Wilson, the boss of the North York Moors

  • Huge demo at 'spy base'

    THIRTEEN people were arrested during the biggest protest seen at a North Yorkshire "spy base" in 20 years. Police said "a tiny minority" got involved in trouble when more than 1,000 demonstrators converged on the Menwith Hill base, near Harrogate. Three

  • In a dale of delight

    GEORGE WILKINSON sets off on a walk in the western Dales where he finds a blissful sense of nothing much having changed. THIS route in the western Dales seemed just the job for a long summer's day. So we made an early start, drove through Pateley Bridge

  • Your A64 ideas get go-ahead

    ROAD bosses are to adopt traffic chaos solutions put forward by Evening Press readers to help solve the A64 roadworks chaos. Highways Agency chiefs revealed today that they will create an extra lane approaching works on the westbound carriageway of the

  • Fell it like it is

    George Wilkinson climbs up among the wildlife deep in upper Wensleydale at Burtersett. BURTERSETT is a dozen or so old houses, all made of stone with heavy roofs and narrow, mullioned windows. It is found deep in upper Wensleydale, at a thousand feet

  • Press lobbies roads meeting

    THE Evening Press today took its campaign to Get York Moving to a crucial meeting of highways bosses. Copies of last night's Evening Press, with its uncompromising headline: York Cannot Take Much More Of This, were hand-delivered to officials arriving

  • Seven die as Sea Kings crash

    SEVEN British servicemen aboard two Royal Navy Sea King helicopters died in a mid-air collision during action in the war on Iraq. The collision was said to have happened accidentally above international Gulf waters as British and American forces took

  • Sort this mess out NOW!

    THE Evening Press today issues an urgent plea to highways bosses: Get York Moving. The A64 roadworks at Copmanthorpe have led to rush-hour chaos on the dual carriageway and across the city in recent weeks, trapping commuters, shoppers and tourists in

  • On top of the Wolds

    GEORGE WILKINSON thoroughly enjoys himself at Kirby Underdale. We didn't hang around on the Wayrham picnic plot, we had miles of Wolds valleys to travel, a real treat of sculptured countryside. Wayrham Dale first, a bit of woodland and then a surprise

  • Peace movement gathers pace in York

    ANTI-war protesters daubed red paint on York's Mansion House and other council buildings to symbolise the blood of those being bombed in Iraq. Members of the York Painters for Peace squirted the removable paint on the steps of the Lord Mayor's official

  • Shrimpers bid to net Crescent victory

    PLAY-OFF hopefuls Morecambe will arrive at the newly-named KitKat Crescent aiming to extend an eight-match unbeaten run. The Shrimpers have also lost just two Nationwide Conference games on their travels this season at Barnet and Dagenham and Redbridge

  • Pub crawl

    George Wilkinson goes for a Burton... I was gazing at the Ordnance Survey map for the Ripon area and today's route just leapt off the page. It showed a village at all three corners, and a blue beer glass symbol adorning each. It offered a tipple at each

  • Busby staying on - for now

    VIV Busby is prepared to continue in his caretaker role for the time being despite offering to step down after last Saturday's 3-0 defeat against Burton Albion. He will be in charge for tomorrow's vital Conference clash against Morecambe at the newly-named

  • Hide and seek

    George Wilkinson has to get his compass out to navigate his way to Danby Beacon. The weather forecast pinned up at The Moors Centre read 'sunny spells, rain later' so we didn't dawdle and nipped up through the trees to a gate to grassland and another

  • Protest guidelines urged

    TORY MP John Greenway has called for limits on how anti-war protesters are allowed to behave. The Ryedale MP spoke out after massive protests outside Westminster paralysed the capital's roads for more than 12 hours on Thursday. A police officer also suffered

  • Constable on duty

    LEEDS United reserve Rob Constable is expected to make his full York City debut against Morecambe tomorrow after agreeing a one-month loan deal. But City striker-turned-midfielder Lev Yalcin could be leaving KitKat Crescent depending on the success of

  • EU cash aid for war refugees

    MILLIONS of euros of European Union money have already been released to help provide humanitarian aid to refugees from the Iraqi war, York MP Hugh Bayley said today. Mr Bayley has recently returned from Brussels where he and fellow members of the International

  • Trigger for demonstration

    The war in Iraq has triggered an unprecedented wave of protest in York. Political Reporter Richard Edwards observed local demonstrators as they said: "Not in our name" YORK is not known for being a left-wing city with a strong tradition of political protest

  • Abbey days

    GEORGE WILKINSON suggests an Easter walk to Rievaulx. Rievaulx Abbey, the onetime "shining light of northern monasticism", looked big, beautiful and intricate. A sign pointed up the valley and read 'footpath to Bow Bridge', we took it. Local dog walkers

  • Memory Lane

    George Wilkinson follows in the footsteps of Clare Francis to one of her favourite spots. Clare Francis MBE, the sailor, was the inspiration for today's navigation in the south-west Dales. Recently she wrote about Crummack Lane, her favourite. It comes

  • Peace marchers in bridge blockade

    TRAFFIC was brought to a standstill in the centre of York last night as peace protesters occupied Ouse Bridge and Museum Street. About 300 people took to the streets following a rally at St Sampson's Square to express their outrage at the war with Iraq

  • Here's one for the Chop

    George Wilkinson has a grand day out when he climbs the Cleveland Hills at Chop Gate. WE SET off late to give the sun time to burn the mist off the Cleveland Hills, and a dozen or so cars were already lined up in the car park at the village of Chop Gate

  • Highs and lows

    George Wilkinson chooses the low road when he arrives in Wensleydale WE TRAVELLED to Wensleydale with two walks in mind, high and low. As the fell tops were invisible we played safe, took the pretty option and settled on the village of West Witton. In

  • War claims its first British casualties

    THE war against Iraq claimed its first British casualties early today when a helicopter crashed in the Kuwaiti desert. The tragedy occurred as American and British forces drove into Iraq, attacking by "air, land and sea". British Royal Marines were said

  • On the up

    George Wilkinson takes a trip to Thoralby ... Thoralby was quietly welcoming, the daytime car park with an honesty box, the George Inn over the road for aprs-walk. The scene was set. Bishopdale angles away to the south-west. A mile away, out of view,

  • Made of Sterne stuff

    George Wilkinson is of 'sound head' as he engages with the ghost of Lawrence Sterne at Coxwold LAWRENCE Sterne, the author of Tristram Shandy and sometimes labelled "the father of the English novel", lived from 1760 to 1768 at Shandy Hall in the lovely

  • 'Get behind the British troops'

    CIVIC heads in Selby and Tadcaster today urged local people to get behind the British troops - even if they were against the war with Iraq. Selby District Council chairman John Bedworth said he was against military action without a second UN resolution

  • York's opinion on war divided

    Opinion on the outbreak of war were divided in York today. Debra Anderson, 22, of Strensall, York, said: "I'm disgusted, I don't want this war to go ahead. Over the past couple of days I think they have proven it is all just about oil, and is purely money-orientated

  • Magic and ice

    GEORGE WILKINSON takes a walk in the Wolds where frost and sunshine create a winter wonderland NORTH Grimston was blessed with snow on the fields, frost on the hedges and, through the mist, a soft sunlight that glowed on the golden dial of St Nicholas

  • Pupils stage anti-war protest

    Police were called to a York school after hundreds of students protesting against war with Iraq spilled out onto a city street. Four pupils aged between 14 and 16 have been excluded from Joseph Rowntree School for two days for "inappropriate behaviour

  • Union backs fight to save factory

    A UNION leader today declared his support for the Evening Press campaign to keep Terry's in York. GMB organiser John Kirk said: "The GMB is prepared to support any campaign that hopefully will keep Terry's in York and provide employment for its staff.

  • York 'human shield' now in Baghdad

    WOULD-BE human shield Antoinette McCormick has reached Baghdad - just hours before the conflict began. The 38-year-old arrived safe and well at the Palestine Hotel in the Iraqi capital after a long and difficult overland journey from Jordan, her York

  • The saving of Terry's

    THE shock has subsided. York now has a choice: we can meekly accept Terry's closure with a shrug and a sigh, or we can fight back. In a world seemingly governed by giant multinational conglomerates, it is easy to presume that nothing we do will make a

  • 'Bring country to a standstill'

    YORK residents were today urged to take part in non-violent civil disobedience in protest at war in Iraq. Chris Fuller, of York Against the War, said the direct action protests can be the only response to the Government's "immoral and ludicrous behaviour

  • Haven't we been here before?

    The Evening Press is campaigning to save Terry's and more than 300 jobs. Mike Laycock looks back at a remarkably similar campaign fought in the 1990s to save more than 300 jobs at York firm RR Donnelley. The coincidence is extraordinary. In 1996, the

  • Political leaders back the fight to keep Terry's in York

    THE Evening Press campaign to keep Terry's in York is winning heavyweight backing. City of York Council's executive has thrown its full weight behind efforts to persuade American owner Kraft Foods to reconsider its decision to close the chocolate factory

  • Labour Labour members burn their cards

    THE Labour Party is today at least three members lighter after three York stalwarts burned their membership cards in response to war in Iraq. Gordon Campbell-Thomas and Mick and Sue Hoban said they could not support UK military action without UN backing

  • Developers stand by to battle it out for prime site

    THE Terry's chocolate factory site could be worth more than £50 million, if property-hungry developers get their way. A mad scramble is predicted for the 33-acre site, which straddles Bishopthorpe Road, and is one of the city's prime locations overlooking

  • Home Office issues 'preventative steps'

    THE Home Office has set out "simple preventative steps" - like stocking up on bottled water and tinned food - that people should take to guard themselves against possible terror attacks in this country. Though officials say there is currently "no information

  • Bush launches war against Iraq

    SADDAM Hussein was defiant today after the war against Iraq was launched with a wave of air strikes targeting the country's top leadership. Air strikes by stealth bombers and long-range cruise missiles were said to have targeted five senior members of

  • Toast the coast

    George Wilkinson heads to Robin Hood's Bay for a bracing New Year walk. HAPPY New Year all. Here's a walk from Robin Hood's Bay for a hard January day when a minimum of the other half million visitors per annum are of the same mind. The station car park

  • Head for the hills

    GEORGE WILKINSON makes the most of some winter sunshine and enjoys the breathtaking views from the Cleveland Hills The Cleveland Hills sharpened up in watery sunshine and we were delighted to abandon plan B - low level from Guisborough Priory. Crossing

  • 'I'll never come to York again'

    A TOURIST says he will never visit York again after his family and two friends were fined up to £210 - because they had returned to their parked cars 18 minutes late. Chartered architect Brian Martin, from Bedford, has written to City of York Council

  • Hidden away

    George Wilkinson heads out across Hamer Moor ROSEDALE Abbey deep in the North York Moors is ever so popular. Nearby, tucked away a mile or so to the east, hidden in a roll of moor, is a quite secret and nameless valley. Well, one we had never explored

  • Slot the difference

    As the row over York's evening parking charges rumbles on, Mike Laycock visits another historic northern city to examine what happens when motorists park up there for a night out. CATHY Wilson casually pops a £1 coin in the slot and waits for her ticket

  • Parking charges leave bitter taste

    PARKING charges and restrictions are set to cost a York pub thousands in lost takings - after rugby players abandoned it for their post-match celebrations. York Groves Amateur Rugby League Club says new restrictions and charges make it too expensive and

  • Oh, by Esk

    GEORGE WILKINSON takes a brisk walk by the sparkling River Esk then heads out on to the moors on a gloriously crisp, clear day Iwondered if the car park at Egton Bridge was ever blessed with any North York Moors sunshine. The village huddles deep in the

  • Restaurant duo rap parking fees

    A COUPLE warned today that their York restaurant and similar small businesses will go bankrupt unless evening parking charges are dropped soon. Fernando and Jane Scanu, proprietors of Mamma Mia, in Gillygate, said they had suffered numerous cancelled

  • Northern lights

    GEORGE WILKINSON explores the most northern of the Yorkshire Dales Many thanks to Mark Reid for covering for me and doing the walk the last two weeks. I have been on my travels, to London (not for the march) and then to Arkengarthdale the most northern

  • On Ilkley Moor

    Ilkley is one of the most elegant towns in England, a former spa town that has retained the dignified air that would have once attracted the wealthiest people to this "heather spa" in search of a cure during the Victorian and Edwardian era. However, there

  • Damage 'will take ages to repair'

    A RETAILER has launched a scathing attack on York's parking charges, claiming they are ruining the city's economy. Ann Hainsworth spoke out after collecting hundreds of signatures for the Evening Press Stop The Highway Robbery petition, taking the total

  • Lakeland stroll

    While George Wilkinson is away, Mark Reid leads the first of two walks, here setting off in search of John O'Gaunt's Castle THE Washburn Valley is true Dales country, with stoutly-built stone barns and sinuous walls dividing up the fields of deep velvety

  • Golden harvest

    We came into Huggate on York Lane and left a landscape burnished in the harvest time heat for the cool of the Wolds Inn at noon. Thereby "mad dogs and Englishmen" were delayed a while, and it was hot, more than 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Huggate is a low

  • Heather and yon

    THE landscape backdrop to today's walk is purple heather. The political backdrop is a huge and hugely successful public access arrangement. The land at Bolton Abbey is owned by the Duke of Devonshire who this year publicly apologised for the treatment

  • Protesters step up parking fight

    HUNDREDS of shopkeepers, clubs, voluntary and residents' groups have been invited to a meeting to decide the next stage of a campaign against York's parking charges. Letters about the gathering on Thursday have been posted to traders and other interested

  • Scrap these fees, say city motorists

    AN "OVERWHELMING" number of York motorists want the city's controversial new evening parking charges scrapped, according to councillors behind a new survey. City of York Council's Labour Group today said it received several hundred responses to its parking

  • Hamlet happiness

    GEORGE WILKINSON stages a moorland walk in three acts. THE moors are starting to purple. But perhaps more than ever there are many moorland paths overgrown with the heather. I spent the best part of a wasted day last week to the north of Danby Beacon.

  • Reader's letter: Write and wrong

    THERE is a certain irony in Lloyd Massingham of Rock-Ola music accusing me of intimidation, not by writing to me personally but by sending a letter at me through the Press ('Anger at letter to advertisers', August 2). I wrote to him along with all the

  • Plover and out

    J B Priestley wrote in his English Journey: 'We reached Buckden, towards the head of the Dale, and a notable goal for Bradfordians, who have emptied the barrels at the inn there many a time...'. Seventy years later there were 30 cars in the Upper Wharfedale

  • Losing the way

    THE Howardian Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. After being repulsed by vegetation and crops on a walk out of Terrington, I thought AONB might expand as Area of Outstandingly Nullified Byways. Later in the week we tried again from Terrington

  • Scaremongering

    "COUNCILLOR" Mike Laycock's restaurant review (July 31) shows clearly that his parking campaign is just a soupcon of gourmet scaremongering. Leaving aside the selfish people who were not only parking illegally in Duncombe Place but depriving disabled

  • Reserved for us

    My busman's holiday, this time from Anglesey, with a view from the tent of Snowdonia tapering down to the Lleyn Peninsula, tepid showers and a deafening dawn chorus of Welsh jackdaws. We had come for the Newborough Warren Nature Reserve, one of our favourite

  • £1m to bolster flood defences

    FLOOD defence chiefs have approved urgent repairs costing more than £1 million to three damaged defences in Yorkshire. The decision came as the Environment Agency revealed that walls, embankments, pumping stations and other protective measures prevented

  • Permits idea to ease parking woe

    CHARITIES, voluntary workers and street entertainers in York could be spared evening parking charges. The idea was mooted yesterday by council leader Steve Galloway as a review continues into the city's controversial new parking charges and yellow lines

  • Gorse code

    AT THE Lion Inn at Blakey, roadies were setting up sound equipment for outdoor midsummer music on the moors. Just down the road a few yards after Ralph Cross we drove into Westerdale and then to the lovely sheltered car park and picnic spot called Hob

  • City sets national standard for flood defences

    YORK is to host Britain's first National Flood Forum - two years after the city was hit by the devastating floods of autumn 2000. Hundreds of delegates from flood-affected communities across the country will come to the event on October 28 at York Racecourse

  • Charges 'helping to beat global warming'

    CONTROVERSIAL York parking charges have been defended - because they could help in the battle to save the environment. Christian Vassie, the Liberal Democrat councillor for Wheldrake, said the real issue behind the charges was not council funding, but

  • Tea trek

    GEORGE WILKINSON works up an appetite with a stroll along the river at Linton WE did this toddle in a fine evening after a longer walk nearby in the southern Dales. Supper was our main objective, and as the pub at Linton is on the Inn Way we felt there

  • £6.3m flood works begin

    ENVIRONMENT Minister Elliot Morley is to visit Ryedale next week to view work on the Malton and Norton flood defences. Work started this week after the Yorkshire Flood Liaison Committee and DEFRA agreed funding for the project. The minister, who last

  • Petition forms filling up rapidly

    SIGNATURES are still being collected at shops and cafs across the city for the Evening Press Stop The Highway Robbery petition. Our message to anyone opposed to York city centre's new parking charges and restrictions is: keep them coming in. More than

  • Flood workers facing new crisis

    FUNDING for flood defences across Yorkshire looks set to be plunged into further crisis next month. The York and North Yorkshire representative on the Yorkshire Regional Flood Defence Committee predicted today that - for the second year running - members

  • Hart of pride

    TIM HART gained revenge for York when he beat Harrogate's Brian Pritchard in the amateur challenge match at the Barbican CueZone. Harrogate won the inaugural inter-town match at last year's UK Championship, but this time the honours stayed on home territory

  • Comings and go Ings

    SERIAL seekers of wild floral shows, if you have done the daffs and the bluebells and have a taste for pink then head out now from York, for just one mile, and see the docks in bloom on Fulford Ings. A better bet than the 'retro-hippy' dandelions at this

  • Dogged by George

    Saltmarshe is a hamlet on the Yorkshire side of the River Ouse about five miles upstream of the Humber Estuary. We visited because Mr Ayre from Elvington, an Evening Press reader, sent in a tempting route. Thank you, we enjoyed the walk very much. The

  • Reds alert

    YORK CITY midfielder Lee Bullock collected a snooker cue for winning the man of the match award in the FA Cup game against Brentford last Saturday. Bullock scored the City goal and gave a solid display as the Minstermen just failed to overcome the Second

  • Making tracks

    GEORGE WILKINSON goes on the trail of a faint path out of Glaisdale We left the straggling village of Glaisdale and climbed out on a road that becomes 'unsuitable for motors', had a sit on a bench, enjoyed the long rich views down the Esk Valley and moaned

  • Tears as flood scheme is rejected

    A £1 MILLION scheme to protect Stamford Bridge from flooding has been blocked by councillors - devastating a mother whose family home and business have twice been inundated. Jane Parsley walked out of the committee room in tears castigating councillors

  • Welcome diversion

    Kettlewell was as lovely as ever except for a migration of caravans and a pipeline. Rain was forecast from the west, there was a dusting of snow on Great Whernside and we had barely set off down Lovers Lane by the sparkling River Wharfe when, late in

  • Flood defences hold-up anger

    FLOOD victims were furious today after planners called for a £1 million defence scheme at Stamford Bridge to be put on hold. East Riding of Yorkshire councillors are being urged to defer Environment Agency proposals for permanent flood walls near the

  • Noisy parkers

    A REVIEW of York's controversial parking charges will be completed within two months, following a noisy lobby of councillors by scores of protesters and a stormy council meeting. Trades unionists, shopkeepers and operatic society members united in staging

  • Wait and see

    Today's walk could have been made for the Moorsbus Service. A short ride from Helmsley takes you to the top of Newgate Bank in Bilsdale and then you can walk back to the town over moors and through the bluebell valley of Riccal Dale using newly designated

  • MP wades into flood defence debate

    ONE year on from the flooding which devastated North Yorkshire, an MP revealed today he is pressing for a major change in the way flood defences are funded. York MP Hugh Bayley said he wanted regional flood committees to have the powers to set precepts

  • Sad 'Rocket' fizzles out

    DETHRONED champion Ronnie O'Sullivan is locking his cue away till next year after his shock exit from the PowerHouse UK Snooker Championship in York. Far from living up to his nickname of 'The Rocket' he played more like a damp squib as he tamely surrendered

  • Hungry work

    Many thanks to Evening Press reader Shamuna Aslam for the gist of this gourmet's gambol to Helmsley via Harome. Rather than gamble on the buses I have started you at Oswaldkirk, which is served by Moorsbuses from York, Helmsley and elsewhere. We began

  • Chamber on the attack

    YORK'S evening parking charges have come under a blistering attack from York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce. President-elect Andrew Lindsay claimed the charges were damaging a number of York businesses, "flew in the face of common sense" and

  • New horizons

    Bolton Abbey is one of my favourite starts, a sentiment shared by the populace; there were more walkers than I have seen all year. This, my fourth visit for the Evening Press, was for a newish route up the Valley of Desolation and a little-publicised

  • Flood defence bill may be £11m

    DEFENDING York against future flooding could cost as much as £11 million - and the Environment Agency admits such funding may be difficult to secure. The agency's calculations emerged as Yorkshire householders were warned today they may need to stump

  • Shopkeeper's penny protest over parking

    A SHOPKEEPER today paid his monthly £638 business rates bill in small change in protest at York's parking charges. Wayne Dixon, owner of Something Different gifts and collectables shop in Stonegate, delivered the payment to City of York Council's offices

  • Experts to be quizzed on flooding

    EXPERTS are to be quizzed tonight by councillors looking into the issues surrounding flooding in York. Representatives of the Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water Services have agreed to attend the third meeting of City of York Council's floods scrutiny

  • Brothers get top tips from Ronnie

    TWO York brothers will be appearing on television with their snooker hero during the BBC's coverage of the PowerHouse UK Championship. Steven and Lee Gregson, from Stockton on the Forest, spent two hours at the Cueball Club in James Street, getting coaching

  • Flood watch back in York

    MOTORISTS in York and North Yorkshire were being urged to drive carefully today after the region's roads were covered with debris and standing water by strong winds and rain. A spokesman for the Environment Agency said a Flood Watch was now in place in

  • Review: Ray, Running time: 152 mins Certificate: 15 ***

    RAY Charles died last June, and if this movie tribute seems to have arrived with undue haste in the manner of the rush of John Peel hagiographies, cancel that thought. Director Taylor Hackford collaborated with the blind Georgian soul innovator over 15

  • Parking fees may change in months

    YORK'S controversial evening parking charges could be changed by November, council leader Steve Galloway said today. He revealed that the authority was "well on with consultation" and expected to be able to "be able to follow a timetable which would allow

  • Busy championship for Michaela

    THE only female referee on snooker's world ranking tournament circuit has been busy at the Barbican Centre this week. Michaela Tabb was an official on snooker's Main Tour last season and, as well as refereeing at Harrogate's Manhattan Club, she was on

  • Room for all

    There were streaks of snow on the colder slopes of the Cleveland Hills but in Great Ayton, ice cream consumption continued institutionally at Suggitts' caf. Visitors to this famous refuelling stop looked out over the River Leven; hard core cyclists slurped

  • Racking up top breaks

    THERE have been 26 century breaks in the PowerHouse UK Championship this week up to end of play on Thursday night. The top break in York so far is 138 by Mark Davis, but the highest break in the whole championship is 141 by Matthew Crouch in a qualifying

  • Hustings session hailed a success

    CURRENT and would-be councillors who braved York's voters of the future at a lively question and answer session today hailed the event a success. The Evening Press organised session, or hustings, was held at Oaklands School, Acomb. It saw a group of Year

  • All white now

    GEORGE WILKINSON is back on his feet and makes the most of a late-winter snowfall Snow, a rare treat, and to make the most of it, to avoid any chance of slush, we changed our plan, from the gentle hills around Coxwold to the high ground of Bransdale.

  • 'It's time to dump council dinosaurs'

    A GROUP of independently-minded York election candidates today urged voters to "dump the dinosaurs" - and vote Independent. Les Marsh, spokesman for the Clifton-based Independent group, says that two decades of Labour council rule have left York ready

  • Science park awards

    York Science Park Innovation Centre Ltd celebrates the start of its tenth anniversary year with two major quality standards. The organisation, which has supported more than 100 young companies within the bio and IT centres in Heslington, has been awarded

  • Take the old road

    Victoria Ellis enjoys a smashing walk on a newly discovered track If you have driven the Pickering to Whitby road you might have noticed enticing countryside in the northeast quarter about a mile before you reach the Hole of Horcum. The latest edition

  • Protesters threaten race traffic chaos

    TRADE unionists are threatening to stage a fuel-protest-style "go slow" during the Ebor Day race meeting if councillors fail to agree to an urgent review of York's parking charges. The York Trades Union Council (TUC) says it is seriously considering slowing

  • Riverside ramble from Burnsall

    The path we fancied near Grassington was still closed. So we decamped a mile or two down Wharfedale and settled on the village of Burnsall, which Wainwright described in 1991 as 'neat and compact... well endowed with nature and a lovely riverside setting

  • York's yellow fever is hitting my job

    A PAINTER and decorator has hit out at the parking difficulties he faces when trying to paint shop fronts in York city centre. Self-employed Nick Thompson, of Muncastergate, York, asked: "How on earth are we meant to do our jobs when we cannot park close

  • Walk in the woods

    We took a random route to Pickering Castle turning uphill at the North York Moors Railway station, up through the slopes of old terraced houses. I noticed three stones named Ellis in a Quaker graveyard, a pleasant place to lie, eternity with a view. The

  • Under pressure

    YORK council leader Steve Galloway has responded to furious protests against parking charges by issuing an extraordinary challenge to the Evening Press and the people of York. Speaking at a stormy and acrimonious public meeting last night attended by

  • Full steam ahead

    VICTORIA ELLIS suggests the perfect walk for Boxing Day to help clear away the post-Christmas cobwebs This is a walk for Boxing Day, and has the following characteristics - easy strolling, pubs at the start/finish and halfway round, simple navigation

  • Return match

    Introducing... York electro pop duo Boomerang, who are spinning back to deliver on a promise made 17 years ago. Antony Dunn, 31, from Fossgate, York, is an award-winning poet, marketing officer for Riding Lights Theatre Company and tutor for the Poetry

  • Water world

    York's Place Research Centre published a booklet last month called A Guide To The Wetland Heritage Of the Vale Of Pickering. I just had to go out and have a look and chose the carrs and ings (one-time marshlands, reedswamps or whatever) south of West

  • South to sarcasm

    Name: The Beautiful South Occupation: Sarcastic yet romantic, surly yet witty, soul revue band from Hull Why in the news: The Beautiful South will play the beautiful north - Dalby Forest, near Pickering, on June 25 - in their summer season of six Forestry

  • Pocklington Coachworks

    POCKLINGTON Coachworks of Osbaldwick seems to make a habit of reaching the finals of the Evening Press Business of the Year awards. Last year, the organisation which builds super-duper caravans for Formula One racing teams, was in the final three in the

  • Jazz notes

    CHRIS McNulty is an Australian singer who has lived in the USA since 1988. Her CDs list a formidable roll-call of US jazz stars as accompanists, including George Mraz and Randy Brecker, and as well as singing the great American songbook, she also writes