• Fijian winger strikes at ther double

    YORK RUFC beat Billingham 23-7 in a bruising home Powergen Durham and Northumberland division one fixture that turned nasty in the closing stages. The Clifton Parkers were looking for a handsome victory to enhance their positive points differential and

  • Pocklington in the groove

    POCKLINGTON RUFC played some of their best rugby of the season as they beat Old Brodlieans 31-14 at Percy Road. They blew their opponents away with some excellent support play in the early stages. Pock's back row was at the heart of the display with flankers

  • West Burton, Aysgarth and Thoralby

    In the second of his guest walks, Mark Reid takes a shorter Dales walk around West Burton, Aysgarth and Thoralby. West Burton stands at the confluence of Bishopdale and the Walden valley and is one of the prettiest villages in the Dales. It is a place

  • Stepping out on the hunting grounds

    While George Wilkinson is away, Mark Reid leads a full-day's walk from Thoralby. Thoralby lies hidden away in the beautiful valley of Bishopdale, Wensleydale's largest tributary. During medieval times Bishopdale was the hunting preserve of the noblemen

  • Malham

    George Wilkinson pitches his tent in the Dales and heads out for a short walk at Malham. MALHAM was a relief after a long hot drive; the Town Head Farm Camp Site was a pleasure, to be able to pitch the tent for a fine view of Malham Cove. The plan was

  • Castle Howard to Hovingham walk

    George Wilkinson enjoys a Ryedale roam from Castle Howard to Hovingham. The Moorsbus we boarded at Hovingham is running frequently for the next six weeks and provides a window of opportunity for a linear route from Castle Howard to Hovingham on the Howardian

  • The watery head of Nidderdale.

    Angram is at the head of Nidderdale, the top reservoir in the chain that Yorkshire Water own in the valley. The organisation has recently made a path around it so you can do Angram and nearby Scar House reservoirs together. So we pulled up one average

  • Arkengarthdale walk

    GEORGE WILKINSON heads off the beaten track for a loop in the Dales. The sun shone for the most northerly half-day 'circular' route one can do in the Dales National Park. We set out from Whaw, a handful of old houses down by the river in the top end of

  • Reeth encounter

    George Wilkinson has a happy meeting with summer when he visits Reeth in the Dales. REETH was basking in the northern sunshine, lovely. We left the lawnmowers cutting the greens for the Swaledale Festival, took alleyways of sweet cicely, and crossed Arkle

  • Chop and change

    GEORGE WILKINSON talks trees, traffic and pheasants on a walk in Bilsdale. Many moons ago I had a landlady who claimed to remember the days when the road through Bilsdale was no more than a rough track. Now the holiday traffic hammers through on a fine

  • Snacks and adders

    George Wilkinson gets a surprise during a picnic stop on the moors. Commondale is a village settled in almost the most northerly dip of the North York Moors. We wanted to explore Skelderskew Moor further to the north, so we angled out through a pretty

  • A walk among the daffodils

    George Wilkinson heads out among the Farndale daffodils. There are more than 25,000 named cultivars of daffodil, and there are various wild daffodils all over the world. Nevertheless Farndale's wild daffs are rightly famous and well worth a visit. The

  • Along the Wharfe

    George Wilkinson pulls his boots back on after a short lay-off and heads to Burnsall in the Yorkshire Dales. BURNSALL nestles in the high fells; we nestled in the car. The ducks hunkered down on the green, the benches were upturned by the wind, the Wharfe

  • Dunning sets the example for City

    YORK City boss Billy McEwan has called on the rest of his side to match midfielder Darren Dunning's commitment. Dunning safeguarded a point during Saturday's drab 0-0 home draw against Gravesend and Northfleet with a crucial last-minute tackle and, just

  • Villagers as you were

    IT is as-you-were for Heworth at the foot of National Conference division two after an incredible turnaround in the last ten minutes saw them lose 34-15 at home to Stanningley. The Villagers led 15-8 just after the hour mark and only fell behind in the

  • Centuries of school

    ONE of York's most historic schools will be remembered at a tri-centenary party later this year. And anyone with connections to this venerable institution is invited. The Blue Coat School was founded on June 14, 1705 with 40 poor boys in St Anthony's

  • Take in Lee Vu - 04/04/05

    Graham Lee, who on Saturday bids to win the Grand National for the second successive year on Amberleigh House, travels to Sedgefield tomorrow with high hopes of figuring on the scoreboard. Lee's best chance of success may come aboard Deja Vu, trained

  • York firm reaches contract milestone

    MADE in York - shopped in throughout Britain. The York-based off-site construction specialist and Portakabin subsidiary, Yorkon, has been awarded its 50th contract for the UK's biggest supermarket retailer, Tesco. Yorkon is now the sole "modular" supplier

  • Review: Terrorvision, Fibbers, Saturday

    Having taken the decision to re-form "for one week only" (bills piling up are they, lads?), Saturday's small-scale return of good-time rockers Terrorvision attracted a near-hysterical sell-out crowd ready to forget their worries and party like it's 1996

  • Oldham 28, Knights 32 - PCC4

    THE Challenge Cup has thrown up some breathtaking games for York City Knights in their short history. This was another one. For excitement and sheer bite-yer-nails stuff, this ranks up there with the memorable Cup win at Featherstone last year. It came

  • Auditor probes village scheme

    A LOCAL government watchdog has begun an investigation into the controversial Derwenthorpe scheme. The Audit Commission has confirmed it is looking into the proposed development near Osbaldwick, where the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) wants to build

  • From chocs to scotch

    ONE of York's best-known chocolate shops could become a specialist whisky retailer. The Whisky Shop, based in Glasgow, is planning to open a new outlet at what is now the Thorntons shop in Coppergate. Much hinges on the outcome of a liquor-selling application

  • Fijian winger strikes at ther double

    YORK RUFC beat Billingham 23-7 in a bruising home Powergen Durham and Northumberland division one fixture that turned nasty in the closing stages. The Clifton Parkers were looking for a handsome victory to enhance their positive points differential and

  • Village sealed off after pensioner is shot

    An 83-YEAR-OLD woman was today being treated for gunshot wounds, after a dramatic shooting at a village near Selby. Police sealed off an area around Wheeland Road, Eggborough, at 12.45pm on Saturday, after being alerted to a shooting. Wheeland Road resident

  • Couple baffled after thief steals their little cricketers

    A TEAM of cricketers have had to abandon their match, after four of their line-up were kidnapped from their home ground. The players, who are about a foot-and-a-half tall and made of stone, were enjoying a leisurely game in a garden in Garrowby Way, Stamford

  • Station upgrade to take 33 weeks

    WORK will start tomorrow on a £460,000 scheme to take York Railway Station's historic entrance into the 21st century. Council and railway bosses said the 33-week upgrade would make using the station easier and safer for pedestrians, cyclists, bus users

  • Champs retain Leeper crown

    DRINGHOUSES have retained the Leeper Hare York and District Football League premier division title after winning 4-1 at Dunnington. The champions had to come from behind to claim all three points after Mike Gore's free-kick gave the hosts an early lead

  • United fail to deliver for fans

    MANY Leeds United fans - facing a big hike in season ticket prices next season - won't be rushing back to Elland Road unless they see some improvement on the pitch. Generally Kevin Blackwell's side has under-achieved in a difficult season in front of

  • Theatre legend makes pledge after health scare

    VETERAN panto dame Berwick Kaler has vowed that his new show will go on. The York theatre legend had to bow out of the star role after the opening night when he was taken to hospital with intense stomach pains. It was the first time in the 58-year-old's

  • Dunning sets the example for City

    YORK City boss Billy McEwan has called on the rest of his side to match midfielder Darren Dunning's commitment. Dunning safeguarded a point during Saturday's drab 0-0 home draw against Gravesend and Northfleet with a crucial last-minute tackle and, just

  • York City 0, Gravesend 0

    YORK City's paucity of firepower was once more sorely exposed against a Gravesend and Northfleet team who did not manage a single shot on target but still left KitKat Crescent with a point. For the 18th time this season - and the ninth in front of their

  • The Pope who feared no evil

    ROMAN CATHOLICS who came together to mourn Pope John Paul were told he was a faith leader who urged people to banish fear from their hearts. Prayers were said for the Pontiff at churches across York and North and East Yorkshire yesterday - the morning

  • Single workers need homes too

    AT long last there is to be an overhaul of the council's housing allocation system (March 30). But why are just families mentioned? Let us hope they spare a thought for our hardworking, single generation who don't stand a cat in hell's chance of having

  • Stop quad squad

    I WAS pleased to read that the Forestry Commission has taken steps to ensure Dalby Forest is even more attractive to visitors, with the creation of dog-friendly facilities (March 30). Other readers may be less pleased to learn that they have fewer than

  • Unjust invasion

    THE refusal of the Government to publish the legal opinion of the Attorney General over the Iraq war is difficult to understand. If that opinion were a robust defence of the legality of the military action, surely we would be able to read it. As it is

  • This royal couple makes me sick

    I READ with interest your article 'Will the nation still rejoice?' (February 11) and would like to comment as an American who loves England, and especially York, which we visit for six to eight weeks every other year. I blame Charles and Camilla for the

  • Demented hedge

    THE hedges behind the Monk's Cross Shopping Centre now look like some kind of demented washing line with plastic carrier bags stuck to practically every branch. Whose responsibility is it to clear this eyesore up: the city council or the stores from where

  • Radio rhyme

    A LIMERICK to mark the changes to the Radio York schedule... Mike Hurley and Sally are gone, They've been thrown off their Saturday throne. Though we like them so much, They've been kicked into touch. Radio York - what have you done? John Rogers, Northfield

  • Big task ahead for Boro duo

    SCARBOROUGH management duo Nicky Henry and Neil Redfearn's hopes of celebrating their new contracts were ended by Morecambe. The Shrimpers won an ordinary Nationwide Conference encounter 2-1 at Christie Park, leaving Henry and Redfearn, who last week

  • Champs retain Leeper crown

    DRINGHOUSES have retained the Leeper Hare York and District Football League premier division title after winning 4-1 at Dunnington. The champions had to come from behind to claim all three points after Mike Gore's free-kick gave the hosts an early lead

  • Top Challenge Cup tie for Knights

    HEAD coach Mick Cook reckons York City Knights' Powergen Challenge Cup fifth round trip to holders St Helens will be a great experience - but warned there was a lot of work to be done before then. The Knights booked their place in the hat with a stunning

  • Lost and found

    YOU can almost feel the frost from these wintry scenes. They show York two centuries ago. One depicts the old Ouse Bridge as it would have looked in 1807. The other shows Briggate, now Bridge Street, looking over the old Ouse Bridge towards Micklegate

  • Ringing in all the years

    EVERY New Year prompts a sense of optimism. But 60 years ago, Britain had extra cause for hope. After more than five years of war and deprivation, peace was in sight. That was reflected in the New Year messages carried in the Evening Press as 1944 became

  • "It was colossal. It was huge. It took your breath away"

    With 83 years between them, Mike and Ann are leaving a working life at Rowntree. WHEN Mike and Ann Waterworth retired from Nestl Rowntree last week, they took with them experience totalling 83 years. Mike, with 42 years at the factory, and Ann, with 41

  • 100 years war on poverty

    A century ago today, York confectioner Joseph Rowntree launched a pioneering charity which was to play a key role in the battle against poverty throughout the 20th century. Mike Laycock examines the foundation that was named after the philanthropist -

  • No longer in print

    YORK has an ancient and venerable relationship with the printed word. The first printing press came to the city in about 1496, set up by the Dutchman Frederick Freez - only 22 years after William Caxton established England's first press at Westminster

  • Tin and out

    BISHOP Wilton may be a village of only 500 souls, but they're a lively bunch. The cricket and football teams have been revived. The school is one of the smallest in the East Riding with only 30 pupils, but it now boasts an early years centre and an energetic

  • News makes history

    On the day that the Evening Press takes on a bright new compact look, we turn back the pages on this newspaper's long history in the city. IS it me, or has something changed around here? Few readers would aspire to be squatter and fatter but that's what

  • Tasty sources of local history

    THIS is Back To School season, an appropriate moment for Yesterday Once More to put on our reading spectacles and peruse a few local history books. The collection reviewed here range in size, style and content. But all carry some interest for those who

  • Ancient water tower may be visitor centre

    EARLIER this summer we reported that Lendal Tower had been sold for about £1 million to property development company the Helmsley Group. This surprised many in the city who were unaware that the historic building could be bought and sold like ordinary

  • Photographic memory

    OVER recent weeks, we have brought you a selection of fantastic old photographs from the York Reference Library archive. The library has long held a superb collection of old prints of the city and beyond. For years they were stored in rows of filing cabinets

  • You can't park that here

    CHANGE the amount of money involved, and the report could have been published in today's Evening Press. "The visitor was so very, very enthusiastic about York," it began. "He had been, he said, all over the world and had never found a city to compare

  • Royal day out at Terry's

    THE decision is final; the US suits have spoken. Kraft Food bosses, untouched by history, unmoved by argument, have announced they are to take Terry's out of York. But they will never take York out of Terry's. As a mark of respect to the factory and all

  • The big landing

    Dick Bowen, 78, of Scarcroft Hill, York, enlisted with the East Yorkshire Regiment when he was 15 and was one of the first and youngest soldiers to land on Gold Beach on June 6, 1944. His story begins on board ship as they sail for France. THE officers

  • Copmanthorpe break Wigginton hoodoo

    COPMANTHORPE recorded their first win over Wigginton in five attempts and booked a place in the Leeper Hare York and District League Senior Cup semi-final after a 3-1 away win. Danny Parker opened the scoring within 20 seconds for Copmanthorpe and though

  • Fighting with the French

    ON May 16, 1944, RAF Elvington, one of the many Yorkshire airbases of Bomber Command, was transformed into something unique. This came about through the formation of the French squadrons, who commenced an intense period of operations in the final drive

  • City of rails

    ALL aboard. This service leaves modern day York and powers back to Railway Heaven, atop a cloud of steam. As the National Railway Museum gears up for one of its biggest events, RailFest, which begins on Saturday, Yesterday Once More has gone loco to celebrate

  • Hall was nearly history

    LAST week we looked back at the Bedern Hall story. Once home to the vicars choral, those clergymen who learned by heart all that was sung in the Church, it is a priceless part of York's history. Yet the hall came close to being torn down. Today its plot

  • The rebirth of Bedern

    YORK is always crowded at this time of year. But those in the know can find city centre tranquillity even when the footstreets are at their most hectic. That is because York has laid on a series of escape routes. All over the city, little alleyways lead

  • Market scenes in St Sampson's Square

    Our second look at market scenes concentrates on St Sampson's Square, York. Right: St Sampson's Square is shown here between 1904 and 1907. Mark Bullivant, named here as the licensee of the Golden Lion Inn on the left of the picture, died in June 1907

  • How to tell a stall story

    To mark the anniversary of York market's move, CHRIS TITLEY listened to some traders' tales. IT is 40 years this month since York's market left Parliament Street and pitched up in Newgate. The switch was controversial then, as Parliament Street had been

  • Changing face of Jubbergate

    Our picture selection this week charts the changing face of Jubbergate. 1 This newsagent occupied this corner in the early years of the twentieth century. The banner over the window advertises the Leeds Express as having "sound politics", and the boards

  • Write your own history of York

    KNOCK on any door in York and it is likely to be answered by an historian. Not necessarily a professor of medieval studies, or the world expert on Victorian corsetry. But someone who knows a thing or two about the many layers of this city's past. It is

  • Rocking back the clock

    THERE is no cure for rock'n'roll. Once you are bitten by the bug, that's it. Music is in your system for life. That's witnessed by world famous bands such as the Rolling Stones, or local legends Steve Cassidy And The Escorts, who are still going strong

  • Tense times for Malton and Selby

    AFTER a magnificent start to the North East Division Two season, Malton and Norton RUFC are in danger of relegation. They led the table after five games but Saturday's 25-3 defeat at Sandal means the men from The Gannock must secure two more points to

  • RI douse Phoenix's flames

    YORK RI'S forward power was the decisive factor in defeating Bramley Phoenix 35-17 in Yorkshire Three. An injury to Tim Nash forced RI to bring Angus Smith into the centre to join Tom Greaves who was replacing the injured Nick Humphries. Despite the changes

  • Stainsforth to Giggleswick

    Guest walker Mark Reid takes a cheerful walk through the Happy Valley. SETTLE is a bustling market town set amongst the rolling limestone hills of Ribblesdale. During the 17th Century the town prospered as traffic increased along the old packhorse routes

  • Harrogate in danger

    HARROGATE RUFC stuttered and stumbled to a 42-20 defeat against Nuneaton which thrusts them a lot closer to the National League Two abyss. Claro Road's biggest crowd of the season saw home tries by James Tapster, Ed Smithes and Mark Erven, Lee Cholewa

  • Hawnby walk

    George Wilkinson enjoys one of his best walks at North Moor, Hawnby. The cool sun shone on the village of Hawnby, the River Rye was sparking, a new Inn Way signpost arrowed to Arden Hall. In 1757 John Wesley recorded that he 'rode over one of the pleasantest

  • Spofforth near Wetherby.

    EVERY now and then by accident I meet people who do my walks, and out on the bike the other day I bumped into a couple who recommended walks Wetherby way. So we set out for Spofforth. Here the rain came down from a grey sky. Ten minutes out of town and

  • Western North York Moors

    George Wilkinson enjoys his mission to the western area of the North York Moors where llamas snort. We parked in the new Marton Mission Room car park. A sign pointed immediately down the River Seven, but our mission was to catch the views on a day when

  • Malham: Gordale Scar

    NEXT door to Malham's campsite is the National Trust's Town Head Barn, the only Dales field barn in original condition open to the public. It has owl holes, muck holes, bor holes for air and forking holes. We walked past our previous night's watering

  • A "nice little walk" around Lastingham.

    LASTINGHAM was very quiet. We sat on the village bench, pulled on our boots, speculated on how many of the pretty sandstone houses were holiday cottages and eventually realised that the immobile pigeon in a dovecote was not alive, but not dead either.

  • Whitby coast walk

    George Wilkinson tries to see clearly on a misty walk along the Whitby coast at Goldsborough. Timing is everything, it's said. Normally this hits me when I miss the pub en route. But if you haunt the Whitby coast and like to paddle, then buy a copy of

  • Huggate on the Yorkshire Wolds

    The Yorkshire Wolds can be wet in August, but I read recently that 'in September there are often many days of unbroken fine weather', so you may have a drier time than us. We pulled into Huggate, pulled on our waterproofs, passed the turn off to Warter

  • Bransdale walk

    George Wilkinson braves a limp and learns about making walls as he walks across Bransdale. BRANSDALE was beautiful on a still, misty morning. The land shapes of the North York Moors shading grey; four headlands in softening tones to the west. It was incredibly

  • Langdale End, near Scarborough.

    Langdale End is a tiny village deep in the countryside not far from Scarborough. The landscape is quite energetic, you'll delve into four valleys small to medium, climb perky hills and will need to keep an eye on the map. That said, it's delightful and

  • Egton Bridge in glorious Eskdale

    George Wilkinson takes a soothing summer saunter around Egton Bridge in glorious Eskdale. We got to Sleights a little bit early for our train so we bowled round an antique shop, a cake shop and a butcher's deli, then avoided watching paint dry on the

  • Arram walk

    George Wilkinson turns floodplain drifter as he walks among the roses and cruises by golden barley where warplanes once roared. Arram is at the end of a road that fades out on to the floodplains near Beverley. The roses bloomed, swallows skimmed low and

  • Northern Dales

    Surrender Bridge is heavy with lead mining history. In the summer of 2000 we explored the Old Gang smelting mill a mile upstream. This time we visited the ruins of the nineteenth century smelting mill half a mile downstream. But first up, a warm up, up

  • Millington about

    George Wilkinson enjoys a gentle climb or two around Millington, near Pocklington. MILLINGTON'S swallows were picking up nesting material, we picked up a wide and colourful verge and strolled through a shallow valley of greening trees and racing crops

  • The great lump

    George Wilkinson heads to Kettlewell in the Dales and climbs up Great Whernside. WE could have dawdled around Kettlewell's charming nooks and crannies but had a hill to climb, no less a lump than Great Whernside. The first stage was northwards by a warming

  • Power walking

    George Wilkinson finds a lovely rural retreat within the shadow of Drax power station. If you have an aversion to an industrial element to your countryside, read no further. We pulled in at the pampered car park, put on our waterproofs and spun down a

  • Hops and glory

    George Wilkinson suggests an Easter walk at Masham. Masham has a good sturdy square. A red Ferrari F355 pulled on to the cobbles then flashed off. We noticed a discreet parkers' honesty box under a poster of 'Mashamshire Walks' and meandered past the

  • Wolds way

    With George Wilkinson temporarily out of action, Victoria Ellis pulls on her boots and heads for Huggate. GEORGE Wilkinson first noticed he really had a problem when he found he could not down his market day pint without the use of a straw - a stiff neck

  • Doing it the Cleveland way

    George Wilkinson goes for a white walk in the Cleveland Hills in what he hopes will be the last snow of the year. THERE is a meteorological adage popular hereabouts that suggests if the snow lingers it needs another fall to take it away. Time will tell

  • Snow show

    GEORGE WILKINSON takes a walk in the snow in Kirkbymoorside. I woke up one morning to find snow on the ground but blue sky. The little market town of Kirkbymoorside was quiet. The locals were shuffling from shop to shop but the normal daily influx of

  • Market for a walk

    GEORGE WILKINSON sets out from Market Weighton for a stroll around the gentle slopes. MARKET Weighton has an historic claim to England's tallest man. As we took the York Road out of town on a chilly morning, we hoped for a brisk Wolds leg stretcher. The

  • Way we were

    Monday, April 4, 2005 100 years ago: The Archbishop of York reminded the clergy of the valuable help which was given each year to some of the incumbents of the poorer benefices of the diocese by means of the Easter Offerings Fund. "It is greatly to be

  • Memories of younger days in York are a class apart

    SOME fresh faced girls and boys line up for a picture. The hairstyles may have changed, but the memories are still vivid. The main photograph shows pupils from St Wilfrid's School in York in 1937. It was dropped in by Rita Harrison, of Burnholme, York

  • Making house calls in York

    A "mini estate agent" could be set up in York for potential council house tenants to shop around for properties. Rosslyn Snow and Charlotte Percival look at the planned scheme and how it could help local residents. LIFE for thousands of people seeking

  • New legal right for workers to be consulted

    MOST employees in the North are unaware of new legal rights they will have from Wednesday to be consulted on major employment issues like impending redundancies. A new survey reveals that 72 per cent of the region's employees know nothing of the Information

  • Review: Emiliana Torrini, Fibbers, York, Sunday

    INTIMATE and warm as a womb her acoustic, unhurried weekend music may be, but nothing prepares you for Emiliana Torrini's daffy stage magnetism. One half Icelandic, the other half Italian, and wholly gorgeous with silken scarf around her neck, she has

  • Review: The Sixteen; York Minster

    THE magic is in the detail. Harry Christophers brought his peerless singers to York on Saturday, the fourth city on their 16-cathedral tour, with Tallis as the source of their inspiration. The National Youth Choir (NYC) under Michael Brewer provided the

  • Sitting in a tin can

    IT'S difficult to believe that only seven days have passed since I was sitting inside a sardine tin being continuously bombarded with frozen peas. Caravanning on a Bank Holiday always follows pretty much the same pattern. You pack all your worldly goods

  • Museums get extra money

    MUSEUM chiefs were celebrating today after gaining a share of a multi-million pound Government cash package. The York Museums Trust is one of five bodies in Yorkshire set to share the best part of £5.9 million over the next three years. The head of the

  • Cause of death still a mystery

    POLICE were today trying to unravel the mystery behind the death of a young clubber whose body was found in a York street. A taxi driver saw Danny Adams' body lying in St Stephen's Road, Acomb, in the early hours of Saturday. North Yorkshire Police do

  • Top Challenge Cup tie for Knights

    HEAD coach Mick Cook reckons York City Knights' Powergen Challenge Cup fifth round trip to holders St Helens will be a great experience - but warned there was a lot of work to be done before then. The Knights booked their place in the hat with a stunning

  • Third-round blow for Si

    YORK-BASED golf professional Simon Dyson blew his chance of glory in the Portuguese Open with a disastrous third round. After his course record-breaking 64 in the second round, the Malton and Norton GC man shot a miserable 78 in round three and followed

  • Airborne animals

    I WITNESSED a flock of pink creatures with curly tales flying over my house, strangely enough whilst reading the Evening Press report on the new neighbourhood policing (March 31). There will be 53 teams of neighbourhood police in North Yorkshire: surely

  • Pictures, please

    CAN any of your readers help? I am looking for photographs or holiday snaps of High Petergate in the vicinity of St Michael Le Belfry Church taken before Christmas 2003. Thank you. John Salisbury-Baker, 90 Holgate Road, York. Updated: 09:40 Monday, April

  • Cutting remarks aimed at York barber

    MY infinite praise to the selfless and humble Terry Smith ("Terry proves a cut above", April 1). It was an act of immense kindness to obligate his customers to donate money, buy a few budget Playstation games (£9.99 each in Woolworths), and instantly

  • May time to pray

    THURSDAY, May 26 will come and go like any other day, but is perhaps of more significance this year than most, when there will be the 60 years anniversary celebrations for the Victory in Europe and the Victory over Japan and the end of the Second World

  • Pass on bollards

    I UNDERSTAND that the council will be holding a meeting at the Guildhall on April 6 at 5pm to consider the Straylands Grove bollard. Although this meeting is open to the public, I have been informed that the only people notified of this are the ones who

  • No problem

    YOUR article stated that 357 people objected to the proposed bollard (April 1): In fact, because some of the letters carried more than one name, the 357 letters represented the views of 585 people-plus - Heworth Parish Council, Heworth Rugby League Club

  • Doesn't add up

    I AGREE wholeheartedly with T Scaife (Letters, March 29) and would like to add further examples of New Labour's deceit. According to Gordon Brown the British economy is in better shape than it has been for over 40 years. But Government spending is well

  • Fitting finale

    THE last poignant days of Pope John Paul II resonated around the world, and his death has affected untold millions, Catholics and non-Catholics, followers of other faiths, and even the secular. While Catholics in York were paying their tributes at the

  • Goole go top of table

    GOOLE went top of the Northern Counties East League after a 2-1 victory over title rivals Sheffield. Paul Marshall's men moved ahead of Selby Town, who had a free weekend, on goal difference thanks to Pat Gaughan's brace. But Selby can reclaim pole position

  • Copmanthorpe break Wigginton hoodoo

    COPMANTHORPE recorded their first win over Wigginton in five attempts and booked a place in the Leeper Hare York and District League Senior Cup semi-final after a 3-1 away win. Danny Parker opened the scoring within 20 seconds for Copmanthorpe and though

  • Lens of history

    THIS week, the story of a York genius, his wealthy star-gazing benefactor, a lost invention and the detective work which tracked it down in a foreign land. Add in elements of a spy thriller and you have a mix which prompts the astronomer's exclamation

  • Picture the past

    THE year is rushing by, and it is about time that we caught up with some of the responses prompted by previous articles - and aired some more readers' pictures. First, to return again to an October article about the Yorkshire Printing Works. Dora Addy

  • Frozen in time

    WITH a touch of frost in the air these last few days, a lost Yorkshire tradition comes sadly to mind. Every year at about this time it was the custom of this newspaper and others to put in a call to Bill Foggitt. Fewer than five weeks left to the big

  • Place of quiet magic

    HOB Moor does not have the obvious appeal of a purpose-built park. Neither is it as rugged as a windswept hill farm. It is, as Elizabeth Smith concedes, "apparently very flat and featureless". But there is a quiet magic here. The 90 acres of grassland

  • In the thick of it

    IN this, Remembrance Week, everyone who lived through the war will be thinking back to those frightening, sometimes exhilarating, often heartbreaking years. Hazel Laws was in the thick of it. At the time of the big air raid on York, in April 1942, she

  • Of poets and printers

    SOME interesting feedback on recent articles. We start with the piece last week about the York soldiers who took part in the Charge Of The Light Brigade. In it, I mistakenly stated that William Bentley of the 11th Hussars was buried in Fulford Cemetery

  • Frith photo archive takes us back to the Fifties

    FRANCIS Frith is the Catherine Cookson of photography. Just as posthumous Cookson bestsellers keep hitting the bookshelves, the Frith photographic archive reveals gems more than a century after he died. Francis Frith was a Quaker businessman. With the

  • A survivor's tale

    INTO the valley of death rode the six hundred... 150 years ago today. Britain, France and their allies declared war on Russia in 1853. But it was the Battle of Balaclava, and most particularly the suicidal Charge of the Light Brigade on October 25, 1854

  • Picture perfect

    SOME captivating pictures again this week, with no link other than they were brought in by readers. Is there anyone you know here? Picture 1. Look at all these faces. This picture comes courtesy of Robert Burkhill, 71, who now lives in Selby. It shows

  • Last picture show

    THE beauty of Imagine York is that you don't have to imagine York. Just log onto the website ( and the 4,500 images stored there bring the old city back to life before your eyes. The photographs are captivating, the captions illuminating

  • Pages from the past

    LAST week we looked back at the history of the Evening Press as this august organ donned its modern new clothes for the first time. In passing we mentioned some of the city newspapers which had predated it, the York Chronicle among them. By strange coincidence

  • All aboard York's lost lamented trams...

    This photograph of a woman driving car no.17 was taken during the Great War. This car went from Nessgate to Hull Road (as the 'H' in the headlamp shows). Women began working on trams at the end of 1915 as a third of men were in the forces. Ten trams were

  • Diary of a village war

    NEVILLE Chamberlain's sombre declaration that Britain was at war with Germany sent a chill down the British backbone. The radio broadcast, on September 3, 1939, left adults fearing for the future. Children took the news differently. Ian Winduss was living

  • Minster cancels Christmas

    WERE you hoaxed on Friday? April Fool's Day left the Diary more than usually a) confused, and b) wildered. We were convinced the Lottery jackpot grandma on her Harley Davidson was the Evening Press spoof, and the plan to transport Ascot racegoers to Knavesmire

  • Post is back on track

    THIS has been an important summer for the railways. Although the Flying Scotsman's Scarborough excursions have so far proved erratic, every train enthusiast has been thrilled to see her in steam in York. The season has also seen the railways reach two

  • Golden age for golf

    GOLF has come a long way in the past 100 years. How would the founding fathers of what became Pike Hills Golf Club have reacted to Ian Poulter's Union flag trousers, which caused a flap at the Open last month? With apoplexy, we must presume. Mind you,

  • The final cut

    EARLY on Saturday, July 31, 2004, another chapter in Selby's illustrious mining history came to a close when the last coal was brought to the surface at Stillingfleet Mine. It was the fourth pit in the Selby complex to shut, and, when Riccall Mine finally

  • Earlier manhunts that shocked us all

    CHRIS TITLEY looks back at other manhunts which have occurred in North Yorkshire. NORTH Yorkshire has been here before. The terrible events of last week inevitably brought to mind two other incidents which stunned the county: the murder of Special PC

  • Life down Stella street

    STELLA Cloughton will be 100 years old on Saturday. A cake is planned, also cards and good wishes are sure to pour in. All Mrs Cloughton has ruled out is a birthday dance: her knee gives her gyp. Otherwise, you can imagine the retired shopkeeper spinning

  • A bridge to York's past

    The bridges over York's two rivers are enduring landmarks of the city. Photographs reproduced courtesy of, a Lottery-funded project based at York Reference Library Copies of published pictures can by obtained from Anne Wood or Helene

  • Recalling the life of Joseph Agar, thrice Lord Mayor of York

    Joseph Agar (1832-1920) was an important figure in York for many years. He was born in 1833 and died in 1920 and was, for most of his life, a prominent York figure including being Lord Mayor of the city three times. He owned the tannery firm Agar and

  • Let's do a Thirties pub crawl

    In the early 1930s amateur photographer Edwin Lofthouse recorded all of the public houses, hotels and off-licences in the city owned by John Smiths. His fine collection of work shows much of the life of the city at this time. The first picture of Micklegate

  • Magnates of Monkgate

    EARLIER this month we revealed that Monkgate House had been put up for sale by owners Garbutt & Elliott. Like all older York properties it comes with history attached. But this building is particularly special. It was once home to a king. That the

  • To the rescue as York burns

    HAROLD WOOD was a young sorting clerk and a Home Guard soldier when, on April 29, 1942, the German bombers wrought devastation on York. Here's his story. FOLLOWING the evacuation of British troops from Dunkirk, everyone expected the next move by the Germans

  • City fluff Great Escape

    As the Minstermen head for football's basement in the Conference, Sports Editor MARTIN JARRED charts their highs and lows. REFEREE Barry Knight's final whistle effectively signalled the end of York City's 75-year status as a Football League club on Saturday

  • Only the fest for York

    YORK is to become the City Of Festivals. That is the ambitious plan floated earlier this month by a new arts and leisure body, York@Large. Organisers would co-ordinate a host of cultural events in the city, starting next year. Anyone with ideas, performances

  • Treasured memories

    TIME to dive again into the warm pool of readers' memories. Miss Mary Dodd wrote to us all the way from Plymouth following our piece about Fulford Maternity Hospital. "I joined the staff as midwifery matron in May 1961. I know just what Sister Willey