• United reject offers for Delph

    Leeds United chairman Ken Bates has rejected two approaches from Barclays Premier League sides for midfield prospect Fabian Delph. The 19-year-old has won rave reviews since breaking into the Coca-Cola League One club’s first team this season and has

  • York pharmacy delivers a late-night boost

    NEW jobs have been brought to York with the promise of more on the way thanks to an award-winning entrepreneur who has opened a late-night pharmacy in the area. Ashley Cohen has created 15 jobs and hopes to bring more to Acomb after he joined

  • Sentamu speaks out on Gaza

    THE ARCHBISHOP of York has broken his silence over the conflict in Gaza which has killed more than 1,100 people. At a special service of prayer and lament for the victims of the war between Israel and Hamas militants, Dr John Sentamu spoke

  • Preview: Hyena Lounge Comedy Club, City Screen, York, January 18

    THE Hyena Lounge Comedy Club returns after its Christmas siesta with Sunday’s 7.30pm bill of Martin Bigpig, Seann Walsh and Barry Dodds. Doors open at 7pm in The Basement at City Screen, York. Tickets cost £8 on 0871 704 2054 or online at

  • Sue honoured by new role with county police force

    NORTH Yorkshire Police has named Sue Cross as the new Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) for the county’s force. Ms Cross, who has worked for North Yorkshire Police since 2006, has taken the role following the retirement of Peter Bagshaw last year. She

  • Education is not enough.

    Learning about life. Farmer Herbert was well known to the kids of Burnholme and Tang Hall in the 30s and 40s. The period when Whernside and Pennigent Avenues were being built, Fifth Avenue ended at the last four council houses over Tang Hall Lane and

  • Tributes for ex-magistrate

    FRIENDS and colleagues of a former York quantity surveyor and magistrate have paid tribute to a man with “huge integrity in everything he did.” Dennis Briggs Holman, who died at the age of 84, was remembered yesterday at a special service at

  • Subaru Impreza WRX STi

    THERE can be no doubt that Subaru took a gamble in transforming its performance motoring icon into something more subtle. The reason behind the decision to oust the boxy iconic Impreza saloon in favour of a near-mainstream hatchback was to widen its

  • A bitter pill to swallow

    NO PARENT wishes to hear their young teenagers have been having sex before they are legally, and indeed emotionally, mature enough. And not many parents would be pleased to hear that sexual health nurses working at their child’s school had dispensed

  • Digging deep

    DIGGING about in our own history has become something of a national pastime. Increasing numbers of people spend their free time peering into the past to see what they might find. Some are just interested, some are perhaps seeking some sort of hidden

  • Shock at wheel public backing

    It surely had to be a misprint in Saturday’s Press, that 42.7 per cent supported the siting of the wheel in North Street as opposed to just 9.7 against. One cannot believe that such numbers of local people back the placing of that ugly monstrosity

  • Action needed to save market

    IS THERE A deliberate policy to try to close our market down? On Monday, I went to the market and only half the stalls were being used. There is a saying: use it or lose it. In other countries the market is a tourist attraction

  • Daffodil appeal

    I’m appealing to readers of The Press to turn a couple of spare hours into nursing care for terminally-ill people by volunteering for Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Great Daffodil Appeal. This March, the charity will encourage everyone to wear a

  • York bioscience group buys diagnostics firm for £2m

    HARDLY has the dust settled when expanding Science City York bioscience group Avacta plc has announced its second multi-million pound acquisition in a week. On Tuesday, Business Press revealed the detection and analysis technology developer, which is

  • York fitness forum hailed a success

    A FITNESS conference to give sports instructors in York a range of ideas to improve their sessions has been hailed a success, after it attracted 80 teachers and sports participants. The Masterclass York 2009 event at Oakland’s Sport Centre featured

  • Barbican blame

    It is very disappointing that Absolute Leisure have backed out of their deal with City of York Council to revamp the auditorium at the Barbican site (York Barbican Centre dream in tatters, January 12). One can not help thinking, of course, that, were

  • Not getting hump

    Grantham Drive in Holgate, York is currently being resurfaced, and is temporarily devoid of its very useful and potentially lifesaving speed humps. Despite the presence of raised manhole covers along the partly resurfaced road, some drivers are using

  • Financial advisers purchase IT-based company

    SPECIALIST independent financial advisers, Grosvenor Financial Consultants of York has acquired Advanced Financial Consulting (AFC) for a six-figure sum. As a result, Jason Shearer, proprietor of AFC, a largely IT-based independent advisory company centred

  • Agency’s new base

    A RECRUITMENT agency moves to a different headquarters in York this weekend. The agency, 247 Staff, which opened in Coppergate four years ago and has 12 staff, will move into 21 New Street on the corner of Coney Street on Sunday. Director Martin Shaw

  • Tracing your family history has never been easier

    The 1911 census is available online for the first time. CHARLOTTE PERCIVAL speaks to well-known York people to discover what secrets the past holds for them. IT MUST have been a shock for David Beckham to learn his great-great grandfather was a scavenger

  • Naked flasher targeted girls

    A RYEDALE flasher exposed himself to schoolgirls on their way to a village shop, York Crown Court heard. Five pupils from a girls’ boarding school for children up to the age of 13 saw Thorin Tuan Darling, 20, standing in the hall of his house

  • Family mourns York dad of 11

    A FATHER-of-11 from York who had 32 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren has died aged 76. Geoff Pallister, of Burton Stone Lane, was a well-known local plasterer who had a 35-year association with the Crescent Working Men’s Club. He was born in

  • York City release full-back Tom Hirst

    RIGHT-BACK Tom Hirst has been released by York City. The 18-year-old was signed for the Minstermen by former manager Colin Walker last September following a trial in the reserves. However, the teenager has failed to force his way into the first-team

  • Preview: Duke Special, The Duchess, York, January 17

    The Duke and The Duchess come together for the first time in York tomorrow. That night the dreadlocked Irish singer, songwriter and pianist plays the Stonebow music bar, his career moved on apace from his first appearance in York. “I played at Fibbers

  • Bastiman hopes Borderlescott can blunt Overdose

    IT’S not just racing fans who will be thrilled by Overdose’s planned British campaign in the summer – Cowthorpe trainer Robin Bastiman is pretty excited about it as well. Connections of the Hungarian horse have targeted some top races for the

  • Rievaulx Abbey tiles protected from wintry weather

    PRICELESS medieval floor tiles at Rievaulx Abbey, near Helmsley, North Yorkshire, are being protected from winter’s icy blast using a “turf sandwich”. English Heritage is investigating a new way of protecting the rare ceramics, mostly dating

  • Fall Out Boy, Folie à Deux (Mercury Records) ***

    LESS than two years after the release of third album Infinity On High, the Fall Out Boys return – and oh how they’ve changed. Born of the Chicago hardcore scene, their previous works have ploughed the trusty pop-punk seam so beloved of white middle class

  • Nickelback, Live at Sturgis 2006 (SPV) ****

    This is Nickelbacks first live DVD since 2002’s double platinum release and is timed nicely on the heels of new album Dark Horse. The concert was recorded at the 2006 Rockin’ The Rally bike week in Sturgis, South Dakota, with a crowd of more than

  • Gene Clark, Echoes (Yellow) ****

    Gene Clark modestly acknowledged that Gram Parsons, his successor in the Byrds, was the true founder of country rock. He was right, but the massively-talented Clark was almost as influential as Parsons in shaping the path of what Parsons called cosmic

  • Tiny Tin Lady, Ridiculous Bohemia (Tiny Tin Label) ****

    BRIMMING with brio, charm and musicality, the Merseyside all-girl group have recorded a second album just as good as their acclaimed debut Sound Of Requiem. Helen Holmes, who plays funky, rootsy and jazzy bass, gives elegant ballast to the guitars

  • Do you fancy being a zombie?

    NEVER mind bringing out your dead. Sunday morning is the chance to bring out the undead in you by taking part as an extra in the latest instalment of Zomblogalypse, the new comedy-horror web series recorded on York’s streets. “We’ll be filming

  • Drug dealer, 52, is sent to prison

    A COCAINE dealer caught as he tried to smuggle drugs with a street value of thousands of pounds into York has been jailed for three years. John Robert Marsh, 52, had just bought the stash of cocaine for £500 in Leeds, York Crown Court heard. But as

  • Jazz notes

    TWO rivals for your attention in York tonight are the Blueflies at The Clifton Hotel, Water Lane (01904 692923) and The James Taylor Quartet at The Duchess, Stonebow (01904 641413). Energy levels will be turned up to eleven at both. The York power trio

  • Drivers warned over A64 delays

    MOTORISTS using the A64 face possible delays next week as repair works get under way. On Monday, the A64 westbound exit slip road at the A1079 Grimston Bar Interchange will be shut overnight, between 8pm and 6am. The closure is taking place to enable

  • How one big bounce started

    THE men in black moods, the fierce foursome with something of the nightlife about them, are back, playing the lads on the pull, the lasses on the lookout and assorted nocturnal creatures on the neon prowl in John Godber’s nightclub comedy Bouncers

  • Who do they want to be like?

    TOO often these days we hear at the Diary the plaintive cry that all children want when they grow up is to be like their favourite celebrity. But if the results of a are to be believed, perhaps they should start their search for a role model closer to

  • Dyslexia? It’s all a big myth

    A POLITICIAN from Manchester called Gramha Sitnerg has caused a bit of a fuss by claiming that dyslexia is a myth invented by education chiefs to cover up poor teaching. Well said, that man! At last some common sense creeping into the public arena. (

  • Girls as young as 13 are given morning-after pills

    SEXUAL health nurses working in North Yorkshire schools have handed out nearly 200 morning-after pills to pupils in the past two years. At least 120 of these pupils were under-16 – the age at which you can legally have sex – and about 35 were

  • Man jailed for slashing throat

    A RETIRED public school teacher is preparing to welcome home the house-mate who slashed his throat as he lay in bed. Recorder Timothy Roberts QC called the two men’s reunion a “disconcerting prospect” after hearing how David White, 20, used a 12-inch

  • York Minster show for art work from Gaza

    A DISPLAY of art work done by the children of strife-torn Gaza has been put on display in York Minster. The pictures are part of a peace campaign, led by John Bibby, against the killing of civilians, including children, during the current Israeli military

  • Injury relief as McGurk targets Eastbourne comeback

    YORK City defender David McGurk could be back for next weekend’s trip to Eastbourne. The Press Player of the Year leader had expected to be sidelined for the rest of the month after picking up a calf injury during Tuesday night’s 2-1 FA Trophy victory

  • Tykes waiting on Rana deal and ECB ruling

    A NEW ECB ruling on the eligibility of Indian Cricket League players could open the door for Rana Naved-ul-Hasan to return to Yorkshire for the 2009 season. The Pakistani overseas pace bowler has one more year on his White Rose contract, but all signs

  • 70mph city car driver locked up

    A criminal who drove at more than 70mph in rush-hour traffic in a stolen car has been jailed for 15 months. Banned driver Geoffrey Albert Hicks, 30, was escaping from police who had spotted him at the wheel of a £20,000 silver Lexus, said Rob Galley,

  • Putting the brakes on York speedsters

    A SPEED-BUSTING day of action caught 12 motorists flouting the law as part of a new hard-hitting road safety campaign in York. The safer neighbourhood team for Westfield, Woodthorpe and Dringhouses launched the scheme yesterday, under the banner

  • Naylor’s delight at Elland Road homecoming

    LOAN signing Richard Naylor is desperate to help rekindle Leeds United’s promotion dream in Coca-Cola League One. The 31-year-old Ipswich Town centre-back has returned to the club where he started out as a Centre of Excellence prospect and immediately

  • Dyson’s sure Arabian start

    NORTH Yorkshire’s Simon Dyson opened his 2009 European Golf Tour campaign with a steady start to the first round of the Abu Dhabi Championship in the United Arab Emirates. The 31-year-old Dyson carded a respectable one-under-par 71 to trail joint opening

  • York RUFC target Twickenham trip in EDF Energy Senior Vase

    YORK RUFC will try to edge a step closer to Twickenham by beating Widnes in the fifth round of the EDF Senior Vase. It’s the biggest game of the campaign for the Clifton Parkers and they will need a season’s best performance to knock out the South

  • Village backing for airfield ruling

    VILLAGERS have spoken of their relief after plans to expand Elvington Airfield were thrown out by a Government inspector. Residents say they would have suffered from noise nuisance and traffic congestion if the site’s owners had been allowed

  • Five companies on HQ shortlist

    FIVE firms are in the running to develop City of York Council’s new headquarters, but hopes of fast-tracking the scheme have been dashed. The council says it is “very pleased” with the level of response to its Europe-wide invitation for developers, with

  • Minister Alan Johnson opens new Clifton Moor health centre

    A TOP Government minister paid a flying visit to York to officially open a £1.5 million occupational health and wellbeing centre. NHS staff at York Hospital, together with more than 14,000 workers from 113 local businesses, are already benefiting from

  • Train rival slams York station barrier plan

    TRAIN operator Grand Central has accused its main rival of anti-competitive practices, as the row over ticket barriers at York Station intensifies. The firm says it will lose money to National Express East Coast (NXEC) if the latter’s plans get the