• The gales are here.

    We were going to ring the builder next day after seeing a couple of little pieces of cement on the ground. Too late! Phoned him straight away and he was round next morning, took the loose tiles off the roof and is going to fix it. A good reliable local

  • Preview: Omid Djalili, Grand Opera House, York, February 20

    OMID Djalili is to play the Grand Opera House, York, on February 20, on the final leg of his No Agenda tour. Djalili addresses such subjects as stereotypes, ethnicity and relationships in a highenergy show featuring impressions, dance routines and

  • Jazz notes

    TONIGHT, Wakefield Jazz will be shifting the furniture around to accommodate the sumptuous sounds of Big Band Byrne, the band which was such a hit at last September's Scarborough Jazz Festival. The band is made up of musicians from across our region

  • The Slug And Lettuce, 1 Low Ousegate, York

    York now has two Slug And Lettuces. Natalya Wilson tries the new arrival on Low Ousegate. THIS is the second Slug And Lettuce in the city, the first being in The Quarter. It does, at first glance, appear as plush as The Living Room on the other

  • York Musical Theatre hoping to attract new recruits

    YORK Musical Theatre Company is seeking "all those flappers and young boyfriends out there who want to join the company for another fun-packed and wonderful production" at York Theatre Royal. Sandy Wilson's musical The Boy Friend will run from May

  • Preview: Little Man Tate, Fibbers, York, January 24

    Do not bet against Little Man Tate being the first breakthrough act of 2007. Their Sheffield address, their perky marriage of The Who, The Jam and Britpop and their run of cheeky singles all come to head with the cannily timed release of their debut

  • Your lovely Jubilee!

    WHAT a Golden Jubilee weekend you had. When the celebrations were at their height earlier this month, we went out and captured events across North and East Yorkshire on camera. But there were far more street parties and other events than we could

  • A golden weekend

    THE Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations in York got off to a cracking start with a weekend of colourful events in the city. Bunting, balloons and Union flags were draped across York as people came together to celebrate the Queen's 50 years on the throne

  • A golden chance

    YORK residents are grabbing a golden opportunity to celebrate 50 years of the Queen's reign this Bank Holiday weekend. People from York will be joining events in the city and around the country as the nation marks the historic occasion. Army veteran

  • Pair camp out to see Queen

    TWO madcap monarchists are camping outside Buckingham Palace for 36 HOURS this weekend for the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations. Louise Robson and Graham Hollingworth, from Cemetery Road, York, want a bird's-eye view of the monarch as she parades

  • Roll up, roll up for a Jubilee jamboree

    JUBILEE joy is on the cards for York and North Yorkshire this bank holiday, say tourist chiefs. Despite gloomy weather reports for Monday and Tuesday, attractions anticipate a bumper session as the Queen celebrates and Sven's men go into battle.

  • The Jubilee party

    JUBILEE Bank Holiday Monday is party day throughout the UK, and at the heart of the celebrations in North Yorkshire is BBC Music Live, bringing the music to the party. BBC North Yorkshire and City of York Council, the organisers of York Live 2002,

  • A royal salute

    ROYALIST and photographer Jim Wilson took these pictures of the Queen while she was staying at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Although she is the most photographed woman in the world, Mr Wilson, a former president of the York Camera Club, does

  • York's proudest moment

    THE Queen's association with York Minster continued in the 1980s. After celebrating the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Kent there in 1961, and distributing the Maundy Money there in 1972 she toured the great church again in November 1988. This

  • Battered

    A MASSIVE clean up operation was under way today after gale force winds brought mayhem to Selby. Gusts of up to 75mph stretched the emergency services to the limit as trains were cancelled, trucks overturned, and trees ripped out of the ground. Long

  • Celebrations in York

    TEN years after the royal wedding, York was celebrating again. It was the city's 1,900th birthday, a wonderful reason for a year-long party. And the guests of honour were the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. York had organised hundreds of events scattered

  • Worth the long wait

    YORK had a long wait to see the Queen after her visit in 1988. The city did not host the sovereign during the Nineties, but that only heightened the sense of expectation when it was announced she would tour York on July 27, 2000. Cheering crowds greeted

  • A Minster wedding

    YORK was decorated with thousands of white roses for Yorkshire's biggest royal event in living memory. On June 8, 1961, Katharine Worsley from Hovingham Hall married the Duke of Kent in the Minster. The first royal wedding in York since 1328 was a

  • The day the winds came

    FEROCIOUS winds caused havoc across York and North Yorkshire with major roads closed, trains severely delayed, and trees and masonry blown down. Thousands of motorists and rail passengers suffered nightmare journeys home as the emergency services

  • Right royal treat for York couple

    LUCKY couple Darren and Jayne King are in for a right royal weekend after winning tickets to one of the Queen's Jubilee garden parties at Buckingham Palace. Darren and Jayne, of Wigginton, York, won the pair of tickets by ringing a special telephone

  • Susan celebrates Jubilee with long-lost cousin

    A NORTH Yorkshire woman who discovered she had a long-lost cousin is to join her in London for a special Queen's Golden Jubilee celebration. Susan Chadwick, from Newton-on-Ouse, is to attend a luncheon, hosted by Gloria Hunniford, at Hampton Court.

  • All in a Royal day

    The Queen's day follows a pattern reflecting her life of service. THE Queen's day begins at 7.30am when her maid brings morning tea. Two solid silver pots contain Earl Grey - the Queen's favourite brew - and hot water for a top-up. There is milk but

  • From Princess to Queen

    On June 22, the Queen will become the fourth longest-reigning monarch in 1,000 years of English history. That is the day when she will overtake Edward III who died in 1377 after 50 years and 148 days as king. Then, only Queen Victoria, George III and

  • Gales lead to roads mayhem

    MOTORISTS suffered severe delays across York and North Yorkshire as strong winds toppled trucks and scattered roads with trees and debris. Long tailbacks were generated on York's main arterial routes, including the A59, the A64 between Fulford and

  • Crowd pleaser

    YORK and North Yorkshire have welcomed the Queen on many occasions during the first five decades of this Elizabethan age. Her first official visits came before she acceded to the throne. Princess Elizabeth toured North Yorkshire's air bases in 1944

  • Princess who became Queen

    SHE was not born to be Queen. Until her uncle's scandalous love affair rocked the monarchy, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was destined to spend her life a step removed from the heavy burdens of sovereignty. Her royal pedigree, however, could never be questioned

  • Shop's golden opportunity

    THE past came alive in a memorabilia shop which celebrated the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Staff at Past Times, in Castlegate, York, dressed in 1950s costumes and offered old-fashioned prices as they knocked ten per cent off everything that was bought.

  • Lucky couple off to see the Queen

    A LUCKY York man has won a once-in-a-lifetime trip to watch the spectacular Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations in London. Tony Reeves, of Queenswood Grove, will enjoy the festivities with his family from a special vantage point outside Buckingham

  • Strain on the trains as wind wreaks havoc

    THOUSANDS of rail passengers were caught up in severe delays at York Station, after windy weather caused havoc on the tracks. All southbound GNER services between York and London were affected. A spokeswoman for Network Rail, which owns the station

  • Manyou trial: Jury considers its verdicts

    A JURY was today deciding its verdicts in a student rape trial at York Crown Court. The 12 jurors have to decide if Clive Richard Manyou raped a 19-year-old undergraduate as she slept in her room in a University of York hall of residence. She also

  • It’s Chocs away for slimmers

    THESE two top slimmers resisted the greatest temptations of them all - chocolate, sweets and crisps - to lose five stone between them. Sandra Armitage, 58, and Jacqui Caley, 40, work at The Candy Shop, in Brook Street, Selby. The two Selby women

  • Government urged to write off £37m trust debt

    GOVERNMENT health bosses are being urged to ditch the multi-million pound debt inherited by the county's NHS trust. Liberal Democrat leaders from City of York Council are putting forward a motion at their full meeting next week asking Health Secretary

  • Half of York households cannot afford homes

    HALF of working households in York cannot afford to get on the housing ladder, the city's MP has warned. Hugh Bayley has set out a 12-point action plan, to tackle rising costs and a shortage of homes. He said there was a particular lack of affordable

  • Post haste on mail service

    PROBLEMS with York's mail service will be addressed when a postal watchdog holds a special public event in the city next week. Postwatch Northern England is inviting residents unhappy with the service they receive from Royal Mail to attend an open

  • Bruks Coffee Shop, Piccadilly, York

    ANOTHER new venture, the second we have discovered this year. You may be forgiven if you think this is part of the White Swan clean-up. It occupies what used to be a travel agents. The tables are set quite close together. During our visit, a family

  • Mayor of Tadcaster: 'Let’s beat the vandals'

    "THIS town council is fed up and will not tolerate any more vandalism." That was the message today from the Mayor of Tadcaster, Coun Richard Sweeting, as he revealed that a public meeting has been called to tackle the town's growing yobbery problem

  • Preview: Richard Digance, Pocklington Arts Centre, January 24

    RICHARD Digance, comedy songwriter, guitarist and storyteller, performs songs, rhymes and tales at Pocklington Arts Centre on Wednesday at 8pm. Beginning his career as a BBC comedy writer, Digance was one of the premier folk entertainers of the Seventies

  • £1m boost for school clubs

    AFTER school clubs in York are to benefit from a £1 million funding boost. The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) has awarded new additional capital funding of £1,010,743 over two years to support schools to extend their services by 2010.

  • Martinis all round will mark birth of W H Auden

    MARTINIS and poetry will be the order of the day when a special event is held in memory of renowned York-born poet WH Auden. February 21 will be the 100th anniversary of Auden's birth in Bootham, and enthusiasts have planned a series of celebrations

  • Burials set to continue after church is converted

    THE chance to convert a grade II listed Victorian church into a family home is an opportunity few developers would turn down. However, a number of potential buyers could be put off after learning burials will continue to take place in the surrounding

  • ftr passenger swaps bus for Shanks’ pony

    A FED-UP resident is abandoning York's "futuristic" buses - because they say it is almost quicker to stroll into the city centre. Users of the ftr from Heslington and the University of York blame the machine-operated ticketing system for queues that

  • Fantastic four community champions

    FOUR youngsters from Ryedale have been given an award with a difference - a Positive-Social Behaviour Order, or PoSBO. They won the accolade from the Yorkshire Housing Group for their efforts in making their local communities a better place in which

  • Preview: Spire Live, York Minster, January 20

    THE Nave of York Minster is empty of seats temporarily, but for one day it will be filled with a "striking, magical exploration of sound and space that invites you to think again about the church organ, the mighty emperor of instruments". In a joint

  • British Airways loses Katie Jones' university work

    AN UNDERGRADUATE whose luggage was lost when she returned from studying in America is waiting to hear whether her university studies will be affected. Katie Jones, 19, of Pocklington, had been studying American Studies in New Orleans for four months

  • Review: Opera North in The Magic Flute; Grand Theatre, Leeds

    Why are operatic revivals so often dicey? This one asks more questions than it answers. First seen in 2003, Tim Supple's production is here "refreshed" - I quote the company's blurb - by a new conductor (Paul McGrath) and movement director (Yuki Ellias

  • New MINI One to make show debut

    The new MINI hatch line-up will soon be complete, when the new MINI One and MINI Cooper D models are unveiled to the public at the International Geneva Motor Show in March. The entry-level One features a perky 95hp 1.4-litre petrol engine, while the

  • Tesco reveals massive expansion plans for Clifton Moor store

    Bosses at the supermarket giant have published plans for an extension to their store in Clifton Moor, and the installation of a second floor inside the building. They will expand the store to the rear to provide a larger base for its home delivery

  • Stevenage demanding Goodliffe fee

    ON-LOAN defender Jason Goodliffe could make his farewell appearance for York City at Kidderminster tomorrow with Stevenage Borough requesting a fee for his permanent services. Perhaps encouraged by the undisclosed figure they received from Halifax Town

  • York uni expert calls for radical rethink for therapies

    AN EXPERT in mental health at the University of York has called for a radical reform of psychological therapies across the country. Professor David Richards, of the university's Department of Health Sciences, said despite being "both effective and highly

  • Big Brother’s in big bother

    Is the Big Brother racism row a lot of hot air about nothing - or does it reveal something ugly about British society? STEPHEN LEWIS and CHARLOTTE PERCIVAL report. ONE issue has been dominating the headlines: alleged racist bullying on TV's Big

  • GPs hit back in cuts crisis

    WE drew attention yesterday to the growing crisis in health care, and the iniquity of a system which denies treatment to local people simply because North Yorkshire health bosses have run into debt. We make no apologies for returning to the subject

  • Stanley £25,000 bid for Clayton ‘derisory’

    YORK City boss Billy McEwan has dismissed Accrington Stanley's £25,000 plus a player bid for 20-goal Conference top scorer Clayton Donaldson as an "embarrassment". He said: "The offer was an embarrassment to our club and the player and is not even

  • Force of nature

    Eighty mile an hour winds brought chaos in their wake. Roads were closed, trains delayed, trees fell down all over York, and in Skipton a lorry was blown off a bridge into a canal. One man even had to be rescued by firefighters from a York roof because

  • Swift way to cut down speeding

    WHY don't vehicle manufacturers put speed limiters on all vehicles, not just buses? There are thousands of speeding tickets issued, fines, court cases, deaths, damage to cars, all because people are in a rush and put their foot down. If cars had speed

  • Attack account

    IN the interests of fairness and truth, I must be allowed to comment on your story (Assault leaves soccer dreams in tatters, The Press, January 17). My assistant head teacher investigated the incident and took many witness statements, including a

  • York flood woe confirmed

    ENVIRONMENT bosses have confirmed that major flood defence improvements in York will be halted by funding cuts. The Press revealed last weekend how plans to strengthen and raise embankments in the Leeman Road area were in jeopardy. Now York City of

  • They’re the future

    I ATTENDED the final of the UK Snooker Championship just before Christmas. Upon leaving the Barbican, I was walking at the end of Kent Street toward Fulford when I heard the sound of a racing engine behind me. The vehicle approached at speed, and

  • Right approach

    I read your report about Matthew Hardy and his affair with a 15-year-old schoolgirl with great sadness, but the reason I am writing is to say how refreshing and heartening it was to read a report that appeared to be very factual and non-sensational.

  • Sins of the past

    THE Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, and the Archbishop of Canterbury are to lead thousands of pilgrims on a march through London on March 24, to repent for the Church of England's complicity in the slave trade. The event will celebrate the bicentenary

  • Making music brings us fun and fulfilment

    I READ with interest Haydn Lewis's recent article on the Government's long-overdue realisation of the benefits children gain from singing. Having been brought up in Wales in a TV, computer and telephone-free home, music was my life. At school I lived

  • Safe access

    IT is fantastic news that a feasibility study is to be carried out for pedestrianisation of this undervalued street (Pedestrianisation moves a step closer, The Press, January 16). However, there seems to be a lack of understanding of the proposals

  • Healthy rivers

    COULD I correct some of the statements in the article (Don't cull the swans, The Press, January 11) about swans, as they do not reflect the policies of the various national organisations representing fisheries and angling? I would like to make it

  • Are we like Jade?

    WHILE deploring racial abuse or bullying in any shape or form, may I ask since when did the opinions of such as Jade Goody represent of those of the majority of Britons? I really do not think, from what I have read or heard on the TV news (I don't

  • Harriers’ jump threat

    YORK City will face the Conference's form team when they visit Kidderminster Harriers tomorrow. Mark Yates' men have won their last five league fixtures, which is a run only matched by Burton Albion this season. The Midlands club's last defeat was against

  • Dangerous paths

    I WHOLLY concur with Mr Nicholson's letter (Parking on paths, January 15). But he overlooked a very important point, which deals with the abhorrent practice of pedestrians using footpaths for their own selfish ends - ie walking. It is not enough

  • Given bad name

    I HAVE been walking my dog in and around York twice a day, every day, for ten years. We have met, at a guess, 20 Staffordshire bull terriers over the years, and none has shown any aggression to either me or my dog. They are lovely, friendly dogs

  • 50-plus and fit for action

    Training for a marathon is hard for anyone, but what happens when you're preparing for this arduous physical challenge when you're in your fifties? LUCY STEPHENS finds out. EVERY year, thousands of people pound their way over 26 miles of England's

  • Councillor gets his lanes crossed

    THERE'S nothing like having the facts to back up your argument in a debate. Unfortunately, it seems one York councillor was a bit wide of the mark at a recent meeting. Earlier this month, City of York Council's scrutiny management committee met to review

  • Thompson deal could be permanent if Leeds avoid drop

    ALAN THOMPSON wants to make his move from Celtic permanent if Leeds United hold on to Championship status. Thompson last week jumped at the chance to swap his Celtic nightmare for the challenge of helping Leeds to stave off relegation. Now, after recovering

  • Help is just a call away

    A NEW rapid response service that can instantly track people and their medical details in an emergency has been launched by a Norton businessman. Stuart Stead, a systems analyst who spent £30,000 and two years developing his Safe-T crisis systems,

  • In Goody company

    THE SCENE is the back room of an Islington wine bar. On one side of a candlelit table sits an executive producer from TV company Endemol. He has spiky, gelled hair, and is wearing glasses with red frames. On the other side of the table sits The Devil

  • Aspin wants to keep momentum

    HARROGATE Town can continue their charge up Conference North when they take on Gainsborough at Wetherby Road tomorrow. If results go their way, Town could find themselves in second place in the table come Saturday night and, having conceded just 17

  • Kick your cigarette habit with herbal remedies and exercise

    Helen Spath and her team at Tullivers Health Store, in York, advise on herbal remedies. Q: My new year's resolution is to stop smoking and any advice would be really appreciated. A: Perhaps the key to stopping is understanding the nature of your

  • Robins looking for take off

    Selby Town are focusing on getting back to winning ways when they travel to Arnold Town in the Northern Counties East League premier division. Following a disappointing display against Maltby at the weekend, the Robins fell to Pickering in the League

  • Patrick Hamilton sentenced to three years for supplying heroin

    A HEROIN dealer is starting a three-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to supplying the drug. Patrick Hamilton, 38, previously of Sycamore Place, New Earswick, York pleaded guilty to supplying heroin on two occasions, on July 16 and July 18 last

  • Group marks centenary

    A rural organisation formed to lobby MPs on agricultural matters is marking the start of its centenary celebrations by returning to the York hotel where it held its very first meeting 100 years ago. In 1907, the Royal York Hotel, then called the Station

  • Nap-hand just Grand for victory

    Top-flight Hounds pounded into the Grand Central Challenge Trophy semi-finals at the expense of division two side Rose & Crown, who lost 5-1. Alan Jackson opened the scoring for Hounds after 20 minutes but unperturbed, Rose responded immediately

  • Struggle for Dyson

    FIRST footings for 2007 did not go well for North Yorkshire's club class golfer Simon Dyson. The 29-year-old got off to a poor start to the New Year with a four-over par 76 that left him no fewer than 13 shots adrift of the leader after the first

  • Bed of nails for Bubwith

    BROTHERS Paul and Richard Bedingham helped Clifton to a 10-6 battering of Bubwith White Swan in a York Sunday Afternoon division one programme littered with goals. Paul Bedingham bagged half of Clifton's ten-strike spree with Richard bagging two, while

  • Ouse match

    THE only angling match scheduled to take place is the York and District Winter Angling League on the Ouse this weekend is on Sunday below York at Donkey Woods, Fulford and Palace Ings. Press correspondent Darren Starkey's angling column returns

  • In the balance

    FEW things in life have given Paul Dolan more pleasure than horses. The York bookmaker has spent a lifetime at the races - whether it be taking punters' bets or cheering his own string of thoroughbreds to victory on the track. But the 40-year-old says

  • Flag flying high

    FLAG A' continued their good run of form in the John Smith's Men's Darts League with Russ King (138 finish) and Mick Wilsden (19 darts) helping them to a 6-3 win over Shepherds. Rich Saville (19) and Chas Ramsden (17) were Shepherds' best performers

  • Gannock advantage key for underdogs in Vase tie

    MALTON and Norton RUFC can forget their league troubles for a day when they host division rivals Pontefract in the fifth round of the EDF Senior Vase tomorrow. Following their heartbreaking play-off loss in Durham and Northumberland One last year

  • Winner beats the winter blues

    MEMBERS of a family from Malton are celebrating having their gas bill written off - thanks to a radio DJ. Paul Swain, 41, who is a full-time carer for his wife, won £211.63 on Virgin Radio's Pay Your Bills competition earlier this month. The giveaway

  • Venture to alleviate carbon emissions

    A TREE grower is offering local businesses the chance to create a wood and do their bit for the environment. Thorpe Trees, of Thorpe Underwood, near Ouseburn, York, is joining forces with the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) to allow businesses

  • Police blitz on gangs of louts in Thirsk

    POLICE in Thirsk have launched a blitz on anti-social behaviour and criminal damage in the town. Under-age drinkers have had alcohol confiscated and a man who was supplying the youngsters with booze was given an £80 on-the-spot fixed penalty notice.

  • Selby councillor raps tax bid

    SELBY'S economic chief has revealed Government proposals which he claims would force developers to pay a community tax on development land. Coun Brian Percival, chairman of Selby District Council's economy board, attended a reception at Number 11 Downing

  • Town ready to light Jubilee touchpaper

    THE QUEEN'S Golden Jubilee is set to go off with a bang in Tadcaster with a grand fireworks display. The display will be the finale of four days of celebration in the town which will include a street fair, a tug-of-war and a Jubilee ball. The ball