• Woman charged over hit and run death crash

    A WOMAN has been charged in connection with a hit and run crash that killed a teenage cyclist in East Yorkshire. Samuel Joe Brown was 15 when he was killed on the B1230 Hull Road, at Eastrington, near Goole, on the evening of Thursday, September

  • Pony rescued from swimming pool

    A pony was rescued from a swimming pool at a house in North Yorkshire today. The homeowner called the fire brigade to the house in Harome, outside Helmsley, at about 11.25am. The male pony had fallen into the pool and was distressed. A fire

  • Body found identified as missing pensioner

    POLICE have formally confirmed the body of a woman found on North Yorkshire moorland is that of pensioner Barbara Colling. Mrs Colling, 68, from Helmsley, had been missing since January 28, sparking a huge search effort supported by hundreds of

  • Fund for children of tragic police officer reaches £14,000

    A FUND for the children of a North Yorkshire police officer who died while on duty has already raised more than £14,000. PC Andrew Bramma was killed on Jaunary 5 when his police vehicle left the road and hit a tree near Ripon, as he was responding

  • Chris Smith's return to help to ease York City injury curse

    YORK CITY boss Gary Mills is confident skipper Chris Smith will be fit for Saturday’s crunch League Two clash with Barnet. The Minstermen manager is hoping to welcome back his defensive talisman to bolster a back four which was further depleted

  • English Youth Ballet founder seeks 100 young dancers

    WANTED! One hundred Yorkshire boys and girls aged eight to 18 are needed for roles in English Youth Ballet’s production of Coppelia in York. Director and choreographer Janet Lewis, who formed EYB in 1998 to provide professional performance experience

  • Paul King rejects Knights' new terms

    THE Paul King saga at York City Knights has taken another twist after the former Super League star rejected new terms. The Knights say the next move rests with the 33-year-old, but otherwise talks seem to have broken down. The sticking point is

  • Jazz notes

    JOHN MARLEY, one of the finest bass players in Christendom, has added to his unimpeachable reputation by starting up what will become an invaluable website,, which may have taken over from Paul Baxter’s yorkjazz website. (Paul is also

  • Ed Harcourt, National Centre for Early Music, York, June 10

    Ed Harcourt – or Harcourt-Smith to give him his full surname – will be at the National Centre for Early Music on June 10. He will precede a dozen May and June dates with the March release of his single Hey Little Bruiser on CCCLX, the independent

  • Lisa Stansfield, Grand Opera House, York, June 10

    Rochdale soul singer Lisa Stansfield will play the Grand Opera House on June 10. After returning to the concert stage with three sold-out shows in London and Manchester last year, 46-year-old Stansfield has announced a series of 11 European dates

  • Biffy Clyro, Opposites (14th Floor Records) ***

    THERE are various reasons for making double albums, not all of them good: too many ideas, songwriting rivalry, ego trips, somebody came up with a concept… None of these apply to Scots rockers Biffy Clyro, whose decision to spread their sixth album

  • Richard Clayderman: Romantique. Decca 3724563. **

    RICHARD CLAYDERMAN is 60 this year. You know, the French pianiste (sounds better with the ‘e’). No? Well (and I quote), he has sold more than 85 million ‘albums’. Romantique is his first “with a major label in more than a decade”. So what does

  • Tegan And Sara, Heartthrob, (Warner Bros) ***

    FINDING and exploiting the gap in between the pop and indie worlds has helped this Canadian duo sell nearly a million career records over the past decade and a half – but they still remain largely anonymous on this side of the pond. Mainly that

  • Eels, Wonderful, Glorious (E-Works Records/V2) ***

    BY rights, it should be a case of diminishing returns for Eels’ idiosyncratic Mark “E” Everett by now. Instead, unlike Prince or Lemonheads’ Evan Dando, he has never faltered in his remarkable songwriting consistency, ploughing a distinctive furrow

  • Ethan Johns, If Not Now, Then When? (Three Crows Records) ****

    ANOTHER lonesome singer-songwriter then, but Merton-born Johns is a talent. The man who has produced albums by the likes of Kings of Leon, Tom Jones, Kaiser Chiefs and the Vaccines, has a go himself, and it’s a paprika-hot effort. There are palpable

  • Folk Awards 2013, Various (Properfolk) ****

    GOOD as they are, these annual compilations are put together ahead of the awards, which means lifetime achievers Billy Bragg, Dougie MacLean, Roy Harper and Aly Bain are absent from this album, and that is as huge an omission as it is a shame.

  • Music from South America at Harrogate Royal Hall

    HARROGATE Symphony Orchestra’s spring concert will have a South American flavour thanks to a collaboration with the INCA music group This song-and-dance event on March 23 at the Harrogate Royal Hall will take a musical journey through native folk music

  • Town house development at Peasholme Court, York

    Graham Heatley so loved the results of his city-centre town house development he bought one for himself. Brian Page takes a look. “YOU could say I loved the houses so much that I bought one,” Graham Heatley says with a smile. “Well, I moved into

  • Theatre comes to aid of Richard III

    RICHARD III definitely will be coming home to York. Although the destiny of his newly found bones is yet to be decided amid the “let him fester in Leicester” debate, The Press can confirm that William Shakespeare’s Crookback will be having his winter

  • I Am Kloot, Grand Opera House, York, April 16

    BOUND for the Grand Opera House in York in the spring, I Am Kloot will build on the Top Ten success of their Let It All In album with the March 18 release of new single Some Better Day. John Bramwell’s Manchster trio, who played the Leeds Irish

  • Northern Rail final moves to Halifax

    THE 2013 Northern Rail Cup final – as well as a new Northern Rail Bowl – will be staged at Halifax’s The Shay on Saturday, July 20, in a change from a Sunday in Blackpool, which has hosted the previous eight finals. The cup format has a new look

  • Yorkshire captain splashes out on 'career investment'

    ANDREW GALE has described financing his own trip to Sri Lanka as ‘an investment in my career’. The Yorkshire captain knows preparation for the new season is particularly important to him after a disappointing 2012 due to injury and loss of form

  • Live Music Nights at Ambience Café Bar in York

    THE Ambience Café Bar in York is launching a new series of Live Music Nights this month. Proprietor Guy Whapples will be hosting the monthly evenings of live acoustic music and an American-themed tapas buffet in the intimate setting in Gillygate

  • Bowls: Quartet of wins is boost to York

    York Indoor Bowls Club ‘B’ team carded their fourth successive win after beating Leeds in the Yorkshire Over-55s League second division. The 89-65 triumph reeled in 14 out of the 18 points at stake for York to move into third place. However

  • Bowls: High-rollers power into UK Challange final

    WORLD number one Greg Harlow and John Webster were in top form at New Earswick Indoor Bowls Club as they booked their places in the UK Bowls Challenge Grand Final. The Huntington Road venue is staging a series of qualifying events and the second

  • Bowls: York's Zoe Eagles and Adam Liddell chart victory

    YORK players Zoe Eagles and Adam Liddell helped England Under-25s to triumph in both the ladies and men’s British Isles bowls series, with both players involved in rinks which had boasted 100 per cent records. The ladies series, which was played

  • Bowls: Yorkshire soar into last four of Liberty Trophy

    Needing only five points to guarantee a semi-final place in the EIBA Over-60s Liberty Trophy, Yorkshire swept aside any threat from their nearest rivals Durham with ease. They posted a winning margin of 124-106 and also collected 20 points out

  • Bowls: Attwood eyes hat-trick

    Dave Attwood made it two finals out of two as he easily beat Harrogate’s Cameron Legate in the area singles final played at Selby IBC 21-3. He will now represent Yorkshire in the National finals at Nottingham IBC in April. Attwood had already

  • Bowls: Yorkshire Double Rinks competition at New Earswick

    NEW Earswick IBC are to host the Yorkshire Double Rinks competition on Saturday, starting at 9am. Then, at noon, York could seal the Yorkshire Ladies League title with a game to go if they amass a big points win against Ryedale. The County

  • Cumbrian-trained Duke Of Navan to eclipse rivals at Kelso

    Duke Of Navan, beaten only once in three outings this season, can take the feature honours at Kelso this afternoon, provided the course passes an early-morning inspection. Trained in Cumbria by Nicky Richards, who has a high opinion of him, Duke

  • Today marks death of a national hero

    FEBRUARY 14, everyone knows what this date is significant for, or do they? If ever a day was overshadowed by another then this has to be it. For some, St Valentine’s Day is a special day, worth celebrating, even if only to receive the proverbial

  • Council must care

    VALENTINE’S DAY is an exciting time. Lots of people, young and old, will be starting up new romances and many of these will lead to sexual relationships. For those who think about the potential unintended consequences of these things, it is also

  • Gobbledegook

    THERE is some right gobbledegook being published in letters about King Richard III. Firstly it is claimed that Leicester had misplaced him when in fact his remains were uncovered by virtually the first scoop of the digger. Secondly, it is claimed

  • Rotary polio link

    IT WAS great to read the coverage you’ve given to polio eradication and the Bill Gates Foundation (The Press, February 11). In the BBC Dimbleby Lecture, Mr Gates specifically acknowledged Rotary Internationals’ support and involvement. Over

  • So much talent

    BECAUSE we were asked to help put up the scaffold stage for the production of Les Miserable at Joseph Rowntree School, we were lucky enough to be invited to see the dress rehearsal and were so glad we were. I have never seen so much talent in a

  • Great expectations

    I FEEL that you should publish a correction to the item which appeared about King Alfred (The Press, February 6). •Alfred really existed and was not legendary. You should explain why he is the only English King to be called The Great • He really

  • York mum beats killer disease

    A MUM-OF-TWO from York has told of how her life and sight was saved after she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Louise Twissell, 47, of Acomb, says pioneering cancer research saved her life after doctors discovered a large tumour which

  • Same brick wall

    BOB TOWNER, the former housing officer, was bound to peddle the myth that Barratts and other housebuilders have no problems with affordable housing requirements (Letters, February 12). All housebuilders have a problem with any demand on them that

  • Festival fears

    I AM concerned about plans to hold a three-day festival on Rawcliffe Park, which is a stone’s throw away from my family home. The Kaboom event, which was held in 2012 for only one night, attracted a crowd of 2,500 people which left the site churned

  • Ale drink to that

    WHAT a truly great read in The Press about the Golden age of the Golden Ball (Pints of View, February 9). I applaud everyone involved, and wish you much luck and success for the future. Isn’t it refreshing to see some are taking the initiative

  • Chain reaction

    IF THE Tour De France Grand Depart will cost York £500,000 (The Press, February 8), this can only be classed as fantastic news for those who pay council tax. The article in The Press suggests that almost £29 million of revenue will be brought into

  • Balloon concern

    THERE have been several stories in The Press recently regarding balloon or Chinese lantern releases. Could I respectfully draw attention to the problems caused in the environment, especially the marine environment by these releases, to anyone considering

  • Victory is a triumph for the unemployed

    WELL done to university graduate Cait Reilly who has won the support of the Court of Appeal against unpaid Government back-to-work schemes even though the court did not agree they were slave labour. It has fallen to cool, wise heads at the Court

  • Football thug, 15, locked up

    A TEENAGER from the Selby area has been locked up for his part in “prolonged mob violence” between rival football fans. The 15-year-old boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was part of a group of Leeds United fans who appeared before

  • February 14

    100 years ago The national memorial service for Captain Scott and his gallant comrades of the ill-fated Antarctic expedition was held at St Paul’s Cathedral with a solemn simplicity that was deeply impressive. His Majesty the King, Ministers

  • Vandals breach security at former Terry’s chocolate factory

    SECURITY has been stepped up at the former Terry’s chocolate factory in York to tackle a growing problem of vandalism and theft. The Chocolate Works site, in Bishopthorpe Road, is now protected 24 hours a day at the instigation of site owners GHT

  • Tourism vision to be set out at event

    YORKSHIRE’S annual tourism conference, organised by Welcome To Yorkshire, will set out the region’s plans for 2013 on March 21. The conference, dubbed Yorkshire United, is expected to attract 1,000 people from the tourism industry across Yorkshire

  • Bogus workers preying on elderly in Selby

    BOGUS roofers have been targeting residents in Selby. North Yorkshire Police have received two reports in the last week of elderly residents, both in their eighties, being targeted by a man who claimed to have seen a bird fly into their roof.

  • MP’s challenge over poverty

    MANY more children will be plunged into poverty due to Government benefit cuts, a York MP has said. Hugh Bayley, who represents York Central, challenged the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in the House of Commons and said the response had fuelled

  • I pin the blame on the fat cats

    SOMETHING shocking happened to me the other day. I agreed with a letter to this newspaper from Godfrey Bloom, the Ukip MEP. It was like that moment in a horror film when someone looks down and sees their hand turning werewolf hairy. The cause of

  • Review: Harry Hill, Sausage Time, Grand Opera House, York

    HE may have been utterly assured in the confines of the TV studio for 11 years of Harry Hill's TV Burp and You’ve Been Framed voiceovers, but where does that leave his live shows after a seven-year hiatus from the road? Harry hasn’t toured since

  • Secrets of York’s Viking heritage to be unveiled at festival

    Secrets of York’s Viking heritage - including a ceremonial horn which was pivotal to the life of the city’s most famous landmark – will be unveiled over the half-term holiday. As part of the 2013 Jorvik Viking Festival, teams at York Minster will

  • New signs for two York schools

    NEW signs are to be installed outside two York schools with the aim of improving safety and encouraging more pupils and parents to walk and cycle. Coun Dave Merrett, City of York Council’s cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability

  • Top author to be Yorkshire Patron

    One of the world’s biggest-selling authors will be made an official Yorkshire Patron at a luncheon to launch her latest book. Barbara Taylor Bradford will receive the accolade at Hazelwood Castle near Tadcaster on Friday, March 1, when she will

  • York jobseeker benefits from government incentive scheme

    A HAIRDRESSER has become York’s first Jobseeker to benefit from the Government’s new wage incentive scheme. Jamie Leigh Emmonds, a qualified hairdresser, was matched to a vacancy at the Mediterranean Barber Shop in Goodramgate, York, by her Jobcentre

  • Brian Mann to retire from Rosti McKechnie Ltd

    THE managing director of a York injection moulding business is to retire next January after 28 years with the company. Brian Mann, 67, has been managing director of Rosti McKechnie Ltd, which employs more than 700 people at its bases at Stamford

  • Insurance company to hold jobs event

    GLOBAL insurance company Hiscox, which is to move into new offices on York’s Hungate site, is holding a recruitment event. The business will move into temporary offices in Mallard House, Kings Pool, York this year and expects to recruit 60 people

  • Energy opportunity for residents in East Yorkshire

    AN energy-switching scheme is on offer to residents in East Yorkshire from tomorrow. East Riding of Yorkshire Council is launching the YORSwitch scheme to all East Riding households. Last month, the Department for Energy and Climate Change

  • Apology after York bar names drink after illegal drug

    A YORK bar has apologised over the upset caused by a “stupid decision” to name a drink after an illegal date rape drug. Evil Eye Lounge, in Stonegate, this week decided to promote its “Rohypnol shot”, after the controversial drug, on its Facebook

  • Viking pupils make history

    CHILDREN at Wigginton Primary School became archaeologists, artists and story tellers for the day as part of their history lessons about York’s Viking life. The idea was to create a hands-on experience, and both pupils and staff were dressed up

  • Entrepreneur invests in Deluxbite subscription food boxes

    A new business which showcases Yorkshire’s artisan food producers has received investment from a UK entrepreneur. Deluxebite, formally known as FoodeeBox, was set up in September 2012 by a York couple, Jason Brown and Angela Parsons. The company

  • Wards stay closed at York Hospital

    FIVE wards were still closed at York Hospital yesterday after an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug norovirus. Ten wards were originally affected by the bug last Friday, with four being closed in an attempt to prevent it spreading. The hospital

  • Group formed to battle HS2 rail route plans

    AN ACTION group has been formed to fight plans for Britain’s new high-speed railway to run through the outskirts of a North Yorkshire village. More than 120 residents of Church Fenton, near Tadcaster, turned up to the campaign group’s first meeting

  • Selby trust's proposals for affordable housing

    MOVES to create an independent housing trust in Selby will see new affordable homes built across the district. The proposals will be presented for final approval at a full council meeting of Selby District Council on February 26. Selby council

  • New man at Olde Selebians group

    MAJOR changes to one of Selby’s oldest groups have been made by its new president. When Ye Fraternitie of Olde Selebians was founded in 1921 to “promote, cultivate and develop the welfare of Selby and its inhabitants” and to “foster its traditions

  • North Yorkshire 999 calls could be answered in Cornwall

    PEOPLE dialling 999 to report a fire in North Yorkshire could find themselves talking to control room staff in the West Country. Members of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority yesterday unanimously backed plans for control rooms in the county

  • Benefits fraudster must pay back cash

    A FRAUDSTER from East Yorkshire has been ordered to pay back thousands of pounds in wrongly claimed benefits. Sharon Goddard, 35, of Edward Street, Pocklington, pleaded guilty at Beverley magistrates court to failing to give a prompt notification

  • Archbishop of York in Lent appeal

    The Archbishop of York has launched a Lent Appeal to raise funds for a deaf unit in Egypt. Dr John Sentamu visited the school in 2010 and plans to return there later this year.  He said: “Daily life in Cairo can sometimes be difficult, especially

  • Ambulance rapid response vehicle in crash near Selby

    A DRIVER was taken to hospital after an ambulance rapid response vehicle crashed near Selby while responding to a 999 call. The collision happened at about 9.50am on Monday, at the junction of the B1222 and New Lennerton Lane in Sherburn-in-Elmet

  • Social care specialists HPC on national awards short list

    YORK property consultant HPC, which provides advice to the care sector, has been shortlisted in the national Health Investor Awards. The independent company, based at York Business Park in Nether Poppleton, has been shortlisted in the category

  • Animal rescue centre gears up for spring

    A North Yorkshire animal charity is gearing up to cope with an expected spring influx of orphaned wildlife babies. Annette Pyrah, manager of Selby Wildlife Rehabilitation said: “We are launching our spring orphan appeal to raise funds for this

  • Exhibition marks University of York's golden jubilee

    FIVE decades of the University of York are being celebrated with two art exhibitions in the city. The two anniversary exhibitions explore the 50 years of history since the university was founded in 1963 focusing on the personalities and milestones

  • House break-in at Romanby

    BURGLARS were disturbed by the householder after breaking into a property in Romanby, Northallerton. The thieves fled empty-handed after forcing open a door at the rear of the house in Pennine View, on Monday. PC Quita Passmore said: “This

  • Burnholme school's swansong

    YOUNGSTERS at a York secondary school earmarked for closure are putting on a final show for one night only. An Evening With Burnholme is all about celebrating the talents of students at the city’s smallest secondary school which is due to shut

  • Wind turbine plan is rejected

    PLANNERS have rejected a proposal for a 255ft-high turbine at Willerby Wold Pig Farm, Willerby, in Ryedale. Anti-wind-farm campaigner David Hinde claimed the turbine would “trash some of the finest landscapes in North Yorkshire” and could cause

  • Pupils write to Buckingham Palace over Richard III’s bones

    PRIMARY school children in York are urging the Queen to ensure Richard III’s remains are buried in the city. Pupils at Headlands School, in Haxby, have been following the debate over where his final resting place should be after the announcement

  • Opticians puts focus on work for charity

    A YORK opticians is pledging to raise vital funds for St Leonard’s Hospice this year. The team at Acomb Specsavers is choosing to back the city hospice to show its support for the charity’s continued hard work to care for local people with life-threatening

  • York teenager shares experiences of growing up with autism

    A TEENAGER from York shared her experiences of growing up with autism at the city’s first conference on the condition which touches the lives of hundreds of city children and their families. Archbishop Holgate’s CE School student Kate Calvert,

  • 8,000 homes in York entitled to help with energy bills

    ABOUT 8,000 homes in York are entitled to help with energy bills but many residents do not know it is available, according to a study. Research carried out by the Home Heat Helpline found only 38 per cent of people in Yorkshire thought the free

  • 4Talent Day in York

    Channel 4’s new talent scheme 4Talent will hold a 4Talent Day in York next month as the initiative, focusing on youth, continues its journey across the UK. York St John’s University and York Museums Trust are hosting the day, which takes place

  • Secret Valentine’s idea raises funds for school trip

    PUPILS from a North Yorkshire private school have arranged a “Secret Valentine’s” initiative to help raise funds for a school trip to Canada. The idea of 15-year-old pupil Freddie Dale, boys and girls from the Upper School of Cundall Manor School

  • Extra special Valentine’s Day for diamond anniversary couple

    VALENTINE’S Day will be extra special for a York couple who are also celebrating 60 years of marriage today. June and Ernie Addinall first met at the city’s Rowntree’s dance hall and picked the most romantic day of the year, February 14, to tie

  • York law firm expands with new partners

    A YORK solicitors’ firm has expanded with a number of new partners and trainees joining the fold. Jacky East and Lee-Anne Robins-Hicks have joined Sally Howard as partners at criminal law specialists Howard & Byrne, which now has six partners