• Of the people, for the people

    OLIVER Cromwell was not celebrated for understatement, so he might well have uttered the words attributed to him on the dissolution of the Long Parliament (Letters, November 25). Still, there were some decent chaps among the Rumpers, as there surely

  • Being courteous

    DOUBLE glazing canvasser David Turns commented (Letters, November 26) about the difficulty of readily identifying the street signs which indicate no cold calling zones. There is a relevant page on the City of York Council website at

  • Nation’s tragedy

    Nation’s tragedy WHAT a brave, brilliant, supportive and lovely speech made by widower Christina Schmid, pictured, at the funeral of her hero husband Olaf. It was so moving and I am sure it will have dampened the eyes of thousands of people who heard

  • No hope, no glory

    IN my younger days, a song we often sang at school assembly was that of Land of Hope And Glory”. Hope and glory flew out of the window in this once great land of ours with the emergence of Tony Blair and his cronies. His much sought-after legacy has

  • Keane to play Dalby Forest gig

    KEANE are the second big name to confirm they will play Dalby Forest next summer, following the earlier announcement of Simply Red’s appearance. Tickets for Keane’s woodland concert on June 25 2010 go on sale at 9am on Friday at £32, available

  • Flood money

    OUR experience in York, after our narrow escape in the floods of 2000, gives us all an insight into just what horror and devastation is being faced by the people of Cumbria, who were not so lucky. The offer of a million pounds aid by the Prime Minister

  • It really is rubbish

    MAYBE the title gives it away – yes, rubbish collections as in poor, not as in waste. I recently visited Leeds and it saddened me see the streets of uncollected rubbish due to the collection staff having been on strike. It is certain that now the

  • York soldiers to be honoured

    A YORK-BASED Territorial Army squadron is set to be given freedom to parade through the city. The Lord Mayor of York Coun John Galvin will propose that City of York Council confer the Freedom of Entry to the City of York upon the Yorkshire Squadron of

  • Ant eaten

    A VERY limited recent survey (I asked me) reveals viewers of the popular children’s television programme I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! would like the next tasty morsel consumed at The Bushtucker Trial to be Ant. Richard D Bowen, Farrar

  • Tories off target over NHS targets

    THE Conservatives have pledged to scrap Labour Government targets. “Hurrah”, I hear. At the Conservative conference in Manchester, shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said: “Let us be absolutely clear. We will abolish Labour’s political targets.”

  • Terry's of York during the Second World War

    Amateur Dramatics was big at Terry’s in the 1930s – as it was at the chocolate factory’s rival, Rowntrees. Among the productions staged by the Terry’s Amateur Dramatic Society in the pre-war years, according to Van Wilson’s excellent The Story

  • Do dads need to be at the birth?

    HAVING dads in the delivery room is an irksome business, according to French obstetrician Michel Odent. He reckons the “masculinisation of the birth environment” – that’s having blokes in just in case you were wondering – makes women tense and slows

  • Martin Foyle revels in York City's FA Cup trip to Stoke

    FORMER Port Vale favourite Martin Foyle hailed a “great draw” after his York City side were handed an away tie at Premier League Stoke City in the third round of the FA Cup. Foyle, who lives two minutes away from Stoke’s Britannia Stadium, never finished

  • Greg Grainger to give drum clinic in York on December 3

    AMERICAN drummer to the stars Greg Grainger will give a drum clinic in York on Thursday evening at Gear4Music, Unit 2, Great North Way, York Business Park. Grainger has played in Whitney Houston’s band for three years and is a regular with

  • Dirt is good for children?

    Re the letter about about dirt being good for children; York Press Thurs 26th. Our generation had a very valuable benefit which our grandchildren do not have; the freedom to roam. We got up to all sorts of adventures, some questionable, and discoveries

  • York Minster Engineering Football League round up

    SELBY side Tate & Lyle hammered Dringhouses 7-3 in the York Minster Engineering Football League premier division. Gary Collier and Chris Harkin both scored second half hat-tricks, while Josh Dinsley also scored. Danny Penrose, Ashley Hughes and Alex

  • Pocklington RUFC in 62-10 win over Goole in Yorkshire Two

    Pocklington RUFC proved too strong for depleted Goole in Yorkshire Two, scoring nine tries in a 62-10 success. Pock got under way with an early Nick Bennett penalty and then hooker Brett Britton went over. Goole kicked a penalty before home scrum-half

  • York FA Saturday Senior Cup round-up

    GOALKEEPER Adam Thomas was the Dunnington hero as his penalty save dumped Tockwith out of the York FA Saturday Senior Cup. The third round tie at Dunnington was decided on a penalty shoot-out when the sides were level at 5-5 after extra time. The home

  • Ryedale trainer aims to overturn photo-finish defeats

    Norton trainer Ollie Pears heads to Wolverhampton today to seek compensation for two of his runners who were beaten in photo-finishes on the same course recently. Grudge, who went down by a neck last time, and Herbert Crescent, who failed

  • Hospital Heroes: the Cancer Care Centre at York Hospital

    CUPS of tea are sipped, laughter and chatter rings around the room, and at first glance, it could be just any coffee morning. But the people gathered at York Hospital to swap their stories have one thing in common – their lives have all been blighted

  • Woman, 20, dies in crash on A64 between York and Tadcaster

    Updated: A 20-year-old woman died and a second, aged 21, was very seriously hurt in a crash on the A64 near York. Police arrested two drivers in the wake of the tragedy, which officers said unfolded when a Mercedes CLS went out of control and

  • Police crackdown snares York drivers

    A “STAGGERING” number of drivers are still risking their lives and the lives of others by flouting the basic laws of the road, a police operation has found. The Micklegate Safer Neighbourhood Team has launched Operation Jamboree, tackling motorists

  • New cap winched into position at Holgate Windmill in York

    A PAINSTAKING three-hour operation has seen the restoration of a York landmark move closer to completion. The new cap on Holgate Windmill was winched into position on Saturday in the latest step to bring the historic building back into operation

  • NHS trusts under scrutiny in report

    A HEALTH trust in North Yorkshire has been ranked among a string of organisations branded as “seriously underperforming” while a York trust is among the top 20 in the country, according to a watchdog’s controversial report. Monitoring body Dr Foster

  • FA Cup draw against Stoke gives York City financial boost

    YORK City chiefs are looking forward to a bumper cash windfall after the Minstermen won a top-flight reward for their FA Cup exploits. A travelling army of supporters are already making plans to travel down to the Potteries to see Martin Foyle’s men

  • Tesco trip descends into violence

    A TRIP to Tesco turned sour for a former York man when he hit another shopper and vandalised his van after the victim had allegedly assaulted him outside the store. York Crown Court was told Stephen William Neasham punched the man in the face and head

  • Number of major thefts and frauds fall in York

    CITY leaders are celebrating after it emerged the number of major thefts and frauds in York is on course for a 42 per cent reduction. The number of burglaries, robberies and other such thefts is predicted to plummet from 3,459 cases in 2008/09 to 2,032

  • Peter Mandelson ‘backs rail campaign’

    CAMPAIGNERS who want to see a railway route between Beverley and York brought back into use claim to have received support from business secretary Lord Mandelson. George McManus, who chairs the Minsters’ Rail Campaign – which has been appealing

  • Police in Selby drug raids

    POLICE carried out a series of raids in Selby following residents’ complaints about drugs activity in their area. Suspected drug users had a rude awakening when detectives knocked down their doors with a battering ram. The raids took place as part

  • Intruders on University of York campus spark security alert

    SECURITY has come under fire at the University of York after two intruders were caught in a student’s bedroom. Police were called to the incident at Derwent College at about 7.45pm on November 23, but the two men had already fled the building when officers

  • Cambridge United 1, York City 2

    IN recent seasons, November has become the charitable time for growing moustaches in football. It has also been a hairy period of the year for a succession of York City managers. Martin Foyle’s predecessors Colin Walker, Billy McEwan

  • York braced for more flooding

    Householders and businesses in York are bracing themselves for more floods, after warnings that the River Ouse was still rising. The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for the River Ouse at St George's Field, Rowntree Park and Bishopthorpe