• Storm causes homes to flood in Yorkshire coast towns

    FIREFIGHTERS were called out this afternoon to Filey and Hunmanby on the Yorkshire Coast after a storm caused a number of homes to flood. North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said it received calls to eight separate incidents at lunchtime,

  • Height of attraction

    Tall plants can really boost a  border and they don’t have to be hidden away at the back, finds GINA PARKINSON I LOVE tall elegant perennials to put among smaller plants in beds and borders. They don’t need to live at the back of a bed either,

  • Denise Mina shortlisted again for Theakston prize

    A VERY 'peculier' honour is about to be bestowed on a crime writer at the genre's leading festival. The shortlist for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year has been announced, ahead on the festival later this month. Celebrating

  • Putting loss into words

    GRIEF, loss and anger, but wonder too at the sheer beauty of a still moment in time –they're all there in York poet Don Walls' latest volume of work, Somewhere Else, which will be officially launched at the City Screen Basement Bar on Tuesday.

  • Wild Beer Co, Somerset Wild – 5 per cent, £3.75

    I've talked about the Wild Beer Co and their penchant for experimentation before; their blended, barrel-aged saison 'Solera' featured earlier, and their Berliner Weisse style ale brewed with a sourdough culture pretty much suggested that this beer

  • Grainless granola

    Hannah Bryan rustles up her own breakfast cereal THIS recipe was created after I had a craving for crunchy cereal, but instead of heading out to the shops I decided to get creative with what I already had in the cupboards instead. The result

  • New brewery launches in York

    'Allo 'Allo. GAVIN AITCHISON lines up some new ales from a York brewer and former cop A LUCKY few have tried them already. Carnival-goers, cricketers, and a handful of villagers have been the privileged guinea pigs. The rest of us, alas, must wait

  • Sometimes only a big juicy red wine will do

    HAVING taken stock, I have decided there has been too much light summery stuff going on in this column lately. It’s all very well recommending wines for the sunny season, but sometimes I crave big red wines, especially when it’s hot and there’s a juicy

  • 16 gold medals for Tadcaster Swim Squad

    A TEAM of 30 Tadcaster Swim Squad swimmers won 16 gold medals at the Team Jorvik Swimming Club Viking Sprints gala at the Leeds Aquatic Centre in Leeds. The Taddy contingent swam in 90 races achieving two speeding tickets, 16 gold medals, 13 silver

  • New Earswick swimmers excel in Jorvik Sprints Meet

    NEW Earswick Swimming Club earned 60 medals and finished in sixth place out of 24 clubs at the 2014 Jorvik Sprints Meet at the John Charles Centre in Leeds. Daniel Annings won five medals including one gold, Thomas Bainbridge scooped three medals

  • Duo shine for York City Baths Club

    YORK City Baths Club’s Samuel Pickup and Toby Mayfield secured ASANER winter qualifying times at the 2014 B Grade Meet hosted by City of Leeds Swimming Club, at John Charles Centre for Sport. Alongside his ASANER QTs in the 400 metres and 200m

  • Football tournament tribute to Oscar Hughes

    YOUNGSTERS from a quartet of junior football clubs held a charity tournament in tribute to Oscar Hughes, who died in May.Haxby Town under-8s hosted the event in aid of Fighting For Oscar, with Bishopthorpe White Rose, Fulford and Easingwold also taking

  • In-form Acorn U16s eye title challenge

    YORK Acorn Under-16s maintained their push for Yorkshire Junior League division three honours with a convincing 48-16 win at Doncaster Toll Bar. The Blue and Golds lie fourth but are now five points behind leaders Castleford Lock Lane with three

  • Ampleforth Abbey cider has a still and sparkling future

    Cider making is bumper business for the Benedictine monks at  Ampleforth Abbey. MAXINE GORDON reports. CAMERON Smith is holding his breath when we arrive at Ampleforth Abbey's cider mill. The team have installed bottling and carbonation equipment

  • Review: David Gray, Mutineers Tour, York Barbican

    IF you could sum up how a gig should lift you, would the opening words of David Gray's new album Mutineers suffice? "Every day when I open my eyes now, it feels like a Saturday," exhaults the Sale singer-songwriter on the rejuvenating single Back

  • Community spirit to bring Tour success

    THE sheer enthusiasm with which God’s Own Country has embraced the Tour de France must have taken even the French by surprise. It is not just here in York. Yorkshire towns, cities and villages along the route of the race’s first two stages have

  • Bring on the show

    WHAT on earth will we do when the Grand Départ is over? All that anticipation, the build up, the passion. Even if the weather is set fair next week it will feel like a damp squib when the Tour de France circus decamps after one the most momentous

  • All abusers should be investigated

    WHILE I have no sympathy for the disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris, I wonder how many of his victims would have come forward if he was not in the public eye, or how would the police and prosecution services have acted if he wasn’t famous? Indecent

  • Legion meeting

    THE Fulford and District Branch of the Royal British Legion will hold its monthly meeting in the Sergeants Mess, Imphal Barracks on Thursday, July 10. The meeting starts at 7.30pm and all are welcome. Further details may be obtained by phoning

  • Hurricane replica

    MIKE USHERWOOD is right (Letters, July 3). The “Hurricane” adorning the Theatre Royal is a replica, but a much-enhanced version to achieve greater realism. That it is a good evocation of the genuine article was demonstrated earlier this year when

  • No traffic jams

    AFTER living in York for most of my life, I had become anaesthetised to the problem of getting round by car. The more houses and flats that are built generate more vehicles on already clogged roads. These houses and flats are necessary, but these

  • Wires crossed

    MAY I correct the caption relating to the two photographs purporting to show Haxby level crossing on page 35 of the June 30 edition of The Press. The left side photograph in fact depicts Haxby Road level crossing, which is 71 chains nearer to York

  • Goose problems

    IS IT my imagination or is the goose problem in York even worse than it was last year? The riverside paths are a minefield, Rowntree Park is no-go area and worst of all the Memorial Gardens are a disgrace. Once again the work of the gardeners

  • Time for a cull

    THE recent letters about geese are long overdue. The mess they leave is awful. Around Clifford’s Tower the pavements are covered in goose mess and it is very slippery. Rowntree Park is so covered in it every year, it’s not safe for children

  • Plagued by geese

    FURTHER to recent letters, I would like to add my voice to the objections about the plague of geese in York at present. It has never been worse. Visitors who walk along the river with me can’t believe their eyes. I overhear many who discuss how

  • Hubs popping up

    WHERE, I wonder, has this little word hub come from? It is certainly cropping up everywhere nowadays (and becoming quite irritating, isn’t it?) Of course it is useful as it can be ascribed to almost anything to make it sound ‘cool’. So we have

  • Thanks is given to a retiring hotel boss

    YOUR report of David Brooks’ imminent departure from his post as general manager of the city centre Dean Court Hotel (The Press, June 30) happened to be printed on the day that the York Literature Festival AGM was held at St Peter’s School. The

  • Return of Lee Paterson thrills Knights boss Thornton

    GARY THORNTON has hailed birthday boy Lee Paterson’s return to fitness as “like a new signing” ahead of York City Knights’ trip to London Skolars tomorrow – when he will be joined in the ranks by a genuine newcomer to the club. Veteran star Paterson

  • July 5

    100 years ago Those who were interested in the development of the traffic on the River Ouse and the growth of the trade of York were practically unanimous in the opinion that Selby Toll Bridge was a serious hindrance to the York traffic. The

  • Knights counter Brad Brennan ban

    IN-FORM York City Knights prop Brad Brennan is facing up to three games on the sidelines after being called before Rugby Football League beaks - though the club are poised to plead the players' innocence. Loan star Brennan has been charged with

  • No home comforts? We’ll simply carry on

    FIVE weeks in mid-season without a home game - it can lead to issues for any club in the Championships. For players, it can affect form, especially in Championship One where away trips are longer and more laborious than in the M62-dominated Championship

  • Le weekend duty sealed by Simon Dyson

    YORK’S Simon Dyson displayed true Yorkshire grit to scramble into the weekend frenzy of the French Open. After a two-over-par first round 73, the world number 127 had a major task to get into the last two rounds. And yesterday’s18 holes were

  • York City launch Futsal diploma

    YOUNGSTERS in York can learn how to play football like Brazil thanks to a new BTEC diploma. The Level 1 Futsal and Education programme will be launched this summer by York City Football Club in partnership with York Learning. Futsal is the

  • George Chaloner channels Beach Boy bonus

    SATURDAY specialist George Chaloner can strike again at Beverley this afternoon. The high-flying Malton apprentice won last Saturday's Northumberland Plate on Angel Gabrial, a victory which came hot on the heels of Baccarat carrying him to victory

  • Rhythm is the answer to Andrew Gale’s T20 batting turmoil

    ANDREW GALE believes a lack of rhythm to his batting has been the reason for a barren run of form in Twenty20 cricket. The Yorkshire captain scored his first 20-over 50 in a little over two years earlier this week, a 51-ball 55 in a win over Leicestershire

  • Pocklington Thai Boxing ace captures title

    THAI-BOXER Danny Harrison-Little has the whole of Britain in his hands and now the push is on to seize even more prized plunder. The 21-year-old Pocklington pounder was the star of the debut show staged by Legions Thai Boxing club in Fifth Avenue

  • Fury over Grand Départy concert

    FURIOUS concert-goers have hit out after getting wet on the grass at York's Grand Departy - while covered stands nearby remained empty. Several readers have contacted The Press to complain that last night's event at Huntington Stadium - intended

  • Bonjour Le Tour - Allez, allez, allez!

    THE stage is set, the bunting is up, and the final potholes have been filled. Now, let the drama begin. After 18 months of planning and preparation, the eyes of the world will turn to Yorkshire this weekend, as we host the largest annual sporting

  • Crowds attend Grand Departy

    CROWDS gathered at Huntington Stadium for York’s Grand Departy celebration. The live music concert last night featured performances from Union J, Russell Watson, Rough Copy, Kian Egan of Westlife, York-based singer songwriter Alistair Griffin,

  • Drag-racing ace Brad Jackson on a high

    YORK’S drag-racing ace Brad Jackson is a low-rider on a high, writes Tony Kelly. The 17-year-old remains in second place in the nationals championship in his first season as a professional driver. Qualifying in 13th place from 37 cars at the

  • Road blocked by three-vehicle accident

    THE A19 between York and Selby was blocked for more than two hours last night after a three-vehicle accident. North Yorkshire Police said the collision happened at 10.49pm on the road near Riccall and the road re-opened at 1.17am today. A spokeswoman

  • York musicians welcome Tour to city

    York musicians will welcome the Tour de France to Paris with a performance at the Eiffel Tower on July 27, the day the race reaches the French capital. York Concert Band will also play at Huntington Stadium, York, tomorrow. The concerts will

  • Yorkshire medic rides with Tour medical team

    A YORKSHIRE medic has told of his excitement at riding with the official Tour de France medical team during the Grand Depart. Bill Clucas, 43, is clinical supervisor of Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), which deals

  • Bus information for Tour de France

    ROAD closures tomorrow will run from 4am to about 1.30pm, with parking prohibited on affected York roads from 7.30pm tonight. Residents on affected streets have been written to. If in doubt, visit Many of First York’

  • Tour de France souvenirs sell fast

    TOURISM bosses selling Grand Depart souvenirs say they have been inundated with demand. York’s Visitor Centre is selling t-shirts, keyrings, badges, rucksacks and other Tour de France-themed merchandise, and staff said they are having to restock

  • Yellow t-shirt for Heart of York bike ride

    IN KEEPING with the Tour de France, the t-shirt for this year’s Heart of York bike ride has been unveiled as a bright yellow number. Designed by York St John BA Design student Joseph Farmer, the t-shirt features a bike with a heart motif on the

  • Handy phrases for Grand Depart weekend

    A YORKSHIRE supermarket has released a list of handy French translations for the Grand Dèèpart weekend. Asda, which has stores in York and Harrogate and is sponsoring the Tour Makers volunteering initiative, have compiled the list for French visitors

  • Tour de France legacy will live on with new cycle race

    NORTH Yorkshire looks set to feature on the route of a new three-day cycle race as part of the Tour de France legacy. Parts of the coast including Scarborough, which do not feature on the route of this year’s TdF could feature in the race, provisionally

  • York artists finish colourful masterpiece for Grand Depart

    A GIANT community art work which will be on show for fans and TV cameras at the racecourse at the start of the Grand Depart in York was displayed for the first time last night. The Road Through York is made up of 320 panels, and was painted by

  • Young cycling enthusiasts ready to take on Tour de France

    A TEAM of young cyclists have been selected to ride in the Grand Depart tomorrow. Some of the riders, including youths from Clifton Cycling Club, will take part as part of the Les Cadets Juniors scheme, and have been recognised for their work volunteering

  • Aviva employees cycle 200 kms on exercise bikes for charity

    A HUNDRED Aviva employees yesterday used exercise bikes at the firm’s office in Wellington Row, York, to cycle 200 kms, the distance of Sunday’s Stage Two. They raised more than £4,000 for eight local charities. Each of the eight teams will

  • York pupil in final of national spelling bee

    A YORK youngster is in the national finals of a spelling bee. Year 7 pupil Patrick Randall from All Saints RC School beat off competition from more than 61,000 youngsters nationwide to reach the final of the Routes into Languages Spelling Bee at

  • Vehicle sightings appeal by police

    RESIDENTS of the Selby district have been urged to report any sightings of two men in a Citroen Berlingo van. The van was seen driving on to a farmyard in Burn at about 10.45pm on Wednesday (JUL 2), and the men moved items around, though nothing

  • Break-in at Selby pub

    THIEVES stole between £500 and £600 after breaking into a Selby pub this week. The break-in happened at The Giant Bellflower in Gowthorpe at about 3am on Sunday. A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said the thieves broke the locks of a number of

  • Big collection raises £1,000 for Diabetes UK

    FUNDRAISERS in York have raised £1,091.47 for charity. Volunteers raised the money, in support of Diabetes UK, at Tesco Extra in Tadcaster Road, as part of The Big Collection to mark the end of Diabetes Week last month. The volunteers collected

  • Dance group stage an anniversary party for all

    A YORK dance group is celebrating its 22nd anniversary later this summer with a presentation and reunion for past and present dancers. Club 68 Dance Group, an amateur dance group, has dancers aged between three and 32, and its dance team recently

  • Tree planted in memory of popular teacher

    PUPILS have dedicated a bench and planted a tree at a York school in memory of a long-serving teacher. Lorraine Holmes died last year, aged 53, only weeks after being diagnosed with a heart condition. She worked as a teacher for more than 30 years

  • Father finds used syringe in garden of family home

    A FATHER has described his horror after his partner found a used syringe in their back garden just moments after their young daughter had been playing outside. Tom Smith, 32, of Brownlow Street, The Groves, arrived home from work to his upset partner

  • Performers sought for Rowntree Players pantomime

    ROWNTREE Players are looking for brand new talent for their December pantomime, Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves. Director Howard Ella will be holding auditions on July 12 at Door 84, Lowther Street, The Groves, with chorus applicants from 2pm to

  • Call for speed reduction after fatal A64 crash

    CALLS to lower the speed limit on a stretch of the A64 have been renewed following a fatal crash. A 38-year-old woman from the Leeds area was driving a grey Fiat Punto at about 11.25pm on Thursday when the car struck the central reservation on

  • York’s leaders praise flood defence project

    POLITICAL leaders have hailed a £4.2 million scheme to boost flood defences in York as the project nears completion. Four hundred homes in the Leeman Road area will be protected from flooding by the River Ouse throughout the 21st century, thanks

  • Top 30 hit for York songwriter

    A YORK song-writer has a hit on her hands after one of her dance anthems was picked up by chart topping DJ outfit Soulshaker. Joanne Jennison, 44, composed the original of Party Time! and got singer Danielle Williams, the 28-year-old Barnsley girl

  • Selby MP in housing plea

    A NORTH Yorkshire MP has urged the government to invest in a major development in Selby. Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty, has appealed to Kris Hopkins, minister for housing at communities and local government, to invest in the redevelopment

  • Youngsters to take part in summer music school

    The stage is set for young people to make music and friends while taking part in this summer's music school at the National Centre for Early Music. A cast of ten to 15-year-olds will be able to enjoy acting and bringing the past to life at the

  • Sporting heroes nominated for Community Pride Awards

    AN INSPIRATIONAL young man who has overcome health hurdles to become a boxing tutor, and the quiet hero behind a growing York sports club are up for recognition for their sporting efforts in The Press's Community Pride awards. Bartek Szymczyk,

  • Big rise in domestic violence convictions

    CONVICTIONS for domestic violence are at their highest ever, new research has shown. Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders told the Women’s Aid national conference 58,276 people were convicted in 2013-14, almost three quarters (74.6 per

  • 400 attend apprentice event

    You're hired! - Young people who dream of becoming an apprentice packed a recruitment event to highlight the 250 jobs going begging in York. Nearly 400 people attended the second Apprenticeship Recruitment Event hosted by York Council at The Hilton

  • Fracking protest set for Beverley town centre

      PROTESTORS will march through Beverely town centre today to show their opposition to fracking. The march will begin at 10.30am outside County Hall, and will wind its way through the town. Protestors are aiming to send a message to East Riding

  • Burglars steal jewellery from Selby charity shop

    BURGLARS stole jewellery and cash from a charity shop in Selby. The thieves broke into Help The Aged in Finkle Street overnight on Tuesday, and stole costume jewellery, costume watches, two eternity rings, a charity collection tin, several pairs

  • Youths honour fallen heroes in art project

    The world's biggest book of remembrance has been an inspiration to a group of young offenders using spray can art to create a memorial to the Fallen. York Minster has teamed up with young people from York Youth Offending Team to create the modern

  • Smuggling gang’s van driver is jailed

    A VAN driver who was part of a gang that smuggled nearly two million cigarettes into the Selby area plans to leave Britain as soon as he finishes his punishment, a court heard. Michael Wicko’s first son was born in Poland while he was in jail awaiting

  • Go ahead for college building skills centre

    YORK College has been given the go-ahead to build a new construction skills centre on its Sim Balk Lane campus. The city council’s planning sub committee has approved an application to tear down the existing meeting centre which was home to the

  • Knockout form puts Acomb in Yorkshire Cup final

    ACOMB Cricket Club Under-13s cemented their place as one of the leading sides in the county with a run to the final of the Yorkshire Cup. The Acomb youngsters beat Hull Zingari by 98 in the semi-finals before going down to West Bretton by 54 runs

  • Half-century hat-trick as Alliance run up huge total

    A TRIO of half-centuries helped Clifton Alliance to a 124-run win over Gilberdyke in zone ‘B’ of the York & District Junior Cricket Association Hirepoint Plant & Tool Hire Under-15s Championship. Clifton Alliance’s 172-1 included 53 not

  • Bolton Percy cruise into knockout cup semi-finals

    BOLTON Percy are through to the semi-finals of the York & District Junior Cricket Association Quality Solicitors Burn & Company Under-11 Knockout Cup. Percy beat Dunnington in the quarter-finals, restricting Dunnington to 84-4 in their

  • Bowlers on top as York oust Selby

    YORK stretched their lead at the top of zone ‘A’ in the York & District Junior Cricket Association Hirepoint Plant & Tool Hire Under-13s Championship in a low-scoring win over Selby. Selby batted first and were limited to 45-9, with L Webster

  • Barrett proves to be man Ov the moment

    OVINGTON overcame Bolton Percy by 13 runs in zone ‘A’ of the York & District Junior Cricket Association Quality Solicitors Burn & Company Under-9s Championship. Ovington were aided by an innings of 11 not out from Edward Barrett and figures