• York MP Hugh Bayley is knighted

    YORK'S outgoing MP has spoken of his astonishment at receiving a knighthood. In his first interview since the coveted accolade was announced, Sir Hugh Bayley, the long-serving York Central MP, told of his delight after he was recognised for his

  • Anthea Rice

    RICE Anthea Judith To my wife, my friend, my lover, sadly taken from us on December 31st 2013. A year has passed and the grief is hard to bear. My thoughts of you are everywhere. This house is not a home with you not there. Where you once filled


    JACOB MATHEW HENSTOCK Happy 1st Birthday Grandson. Lots of love Nan.Nan, Bethany, Auntie Lisa and Uncle Chris and Family xxxx Happy 1st Birthday. Lots of love Mummy xxxx

  • sheila elizabeth brooks

    BROOKS Sheila Elizabeth After a long illness, passed away peacefully in York Hospital on December 15th, 2014, aged 89 years. Devoted wife of the late Douglas, loving mum to Colin and the late Stephen and a dear sister. Full Requiem Mass funeral

  • Jane Holly

    Holly JANE Richard and Fiona Culkin are please to announce the birth of Holly who was born on Christmas Day, weighing 6lbs 1oz. Congratulations from Mum, uncle Mick and auntie Barbara xxx


    BENTLEY Barbara Alice Suddenly at home on December 19th, 2014. A loving wife to the late John, devoted mother to Judith, loving sister, aunt and great-aunt, a friend to many. Will be sadly missed but happy memories will remain. Funeral service to be

  • Eric Oldham

    OLDHAM Eric Wilson Peacefully on December 20th, aged 92 years of Pickering, a dear husband and father. Funeral service and cremation on Wednesday, January 7th, followed by service of Thanksgiving at Old Malton Church at 12 noon. Family flowers only please

  • alderman bernard bell

    BELL Alderman Bernard Suddenly but peacefully at York hospital on Sunday, December 28th. Funeral arrangements to be announced later.

  • Audrey Walker

    WALKER Audrey Treasured mother of Jacqueline and treasured nana of Shane and a much thought of sister of Pat. Funeral service to be held at St Oswalds Church at 12.30p.m., on January 5th. All friends welcome.

  • michael john potter

    POTTER Michael John On December 23rd 2014 suddenly at home, Michael aged 87 years. A dearly beloved husband of Beris and father to Andrew and Hilary. He is loved and missed by them and their families. A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at Central

  • Kenneth Whattam

    WHATTAM Kenneth (Ken) On December 26th, aged 84 years, peacefully. Dearly beloved husband to the late Joan, loving brother of Annie and brother-in-law of George, Betty and Madge, sadly missed uncle, great-uncle and great-great-uncle. Funeral service

  • Thora Kirby

    KIRBY Thora Helena On December 26th, 2014, peacefully at home, aged 77 years. Loving wife of the late Kenneth, much loved mum to Janet, Thelma, Angela and the late Rosemary and Kenny, also mother-in-law and nana and great-nana. Funeral service to take

  • David Squires

    SQUIRES David Died on December 31st 2007. Remembered every day. Your loving wife Irene Sheena, Simon, Jennie, Emma and Grandchildren. God Bless. xx

  • Rosemary Wadsworth

    WADSWORTH Rosalind Loving sister to Peter and auntie to Phillip and Martin, sleep peacefully.


    WATSON John David In remembrance of a cherished husband which today would have been our 54th Wedding Anniversary. Life is not measured by the years you live, But by the love you gave and the things you did. Love and miss you so very much. Kim.


    AMOS Harold 88 years old, promoted to glory, peacefully passed away on Friday, December 12th, 2014, at home, after a long illness. Loving husband of Dorothy, father, grandfather and friend. Funeral to be held at The Gillygate Salvation Army Hall

  • Betty CUNLIFFE

    CUNLIFFE Betty Peacefully at Amarna House on December 24th, aged 85 years. Beloved wife of Tom, loving mum of Ian and Barry, grandma of Sarah, Gemma and Richard, great-grandma of Barnaby and Charlie, mother-in-law of Brenda and Dena. Funeral service


    MOORE Charles Edward (Ted) On December 24th, 2014, peacefully aged 94 years. Much loved husband of the late Elsie, loving dad of Sheila also devoted grandad to Daniel and Barry. Funeral service to take place at York Crematorium on Friday, January 16th


    TRIFFITT Marjorie Passed away peacefully in Lamel Beeches Care Home on December 23rd, 2014, aged 94 years. Beloved wife of the late Gordon, dearly loved mum to Jack, Alan, Jean and the late Margaret and a loving mum-in-law, nanna and great-nan.Will be


    LITTLE Reginald James Peacefully at Moorlands Care Home aged 87 years. Cousin of Jean, brother of Elsie (U.S.A.), Vincent and the late Keith, Ethel and Joyce. Funeral service on Thursday, January 8th, 2015, at York Crematorium (small chapel) at 12.00

  • Sybil Heap

    HEAP Sybil (Syb) Peacefully on December 26th in Somerset House Nursing Home. Beloved wife of Colin, loving mum of Glenn, Christopher and Simon, mother-in-law to Mandy and Jackie and cherished grandma to Deborah, Nichola, Jonathan, Mark and Aaron and

  • William Arthur

    ARTHUR William (Billy) Passed away peacefully on December 19th after a short illness. Loving husband of Rose, loving dad of Tony, Peter, Suzanne and Sarah, father-in-law, grandad and a great-grandad, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Funeral

  • William Arthur

    ARTHUR William (Bill) Forever in our thoughts. Rest in piece, Geoff and family.

  • Joyce Hodgson

    HODGSON Joyce Passed away peacefully in York Hospital on Wednesday, December 17th. Widow to the late Keith Frank Hodgson, loving mother to Christopher and Patricia, loving special nana to Louisa. Funeral service to be held at York Crematorium on Wednesday

  • joyce smith

    SMITH Joyce Peacefully at her home, in Haxby, York and formerly of Nassau, Bahamas and Halifax, West Yorkshire, Joyce Florine Smith aged 88 years. The loving wife of the late Arthur, much loved mum of Keith and David, mother-in-law of Lorna and Jayne

  • Jean Claire Sawyer

    SAWYER Jean Claire On December 27th, 2014. Peacefully aged 87 years. Much loved by her late husband and all the family. Funeral service to take place at York Crematorium on Tuesday, January 13th 2015, at 12.40p.m. Donations if desired to Help for Heroes

  • Marjorie and John FIRBANK

    FIRBANK Marjorie and John Shona, Peter, Valerie, David and families would like to thank all in attendance at the funerals services for Marjorie and John. Thank you for the generous donations for the Alzheimer's Society with a total of £529 from both

  • Jacob HENSTOCK

    Jacob Mathew HENSTOCK Happy 1st Birthday. Love Great Nana/Grandad Lund, Great Uncle Matty and Uncle Lewis x

  • Emma BESWICK

    Beswick Emma Louise Taken from us too early, aged 29. Sadly missed. Live on in our hearts Love Mum, Dad, Lynsey, Greg XXXX

  • Chris JACOB

    JACOB Chris Remembering a much loved husband, dad, grandad and great-grandad, who passed away one year ago today. Never more than a thought away. Loved and missed every day. Your loving family.

  • Malton U14s coach lifts lid on life at Twickenham

    RYEDALE'S Chris Jones has lifted the lid on life behind the scenes at Twickenham, the home of English rugby union. Jones, who helps to coach Malton & Norton RUFC Under-14s, has covered England’s fluctuating fortunes for 30 years as the rugby

  • Indoor golf teed up for winter sessions in York

    INDOOR golf is returning to York on Monday. City of York Council are starting a second indoor golf course at Burnholme Community Sports Hub. The sessions are aimed at adults who are new to golf or returning to the sport after a break and who

  • Beckett League newcomers Stillington are on the up

    NEWLY-FORMED Stillington Sports & Social Club are settling in to life in the Beckett Football League. The club was formed in the summer, becoming affiliated to the North Riding County FA, and they joined the Beckett League ranks

  • Harrogate Town aim to spike winless run

    HARROGATE TOWN are hoping a five-game run without a win ends at Guiseley in Conference North tomorrow. The Wetherby Roaders prevented Barrow going top of the division when taking a 1-1 draw from Cumbria on Sunday, but they haven’t won in the league

  • Dringhouses U19s target 2015 title run

    DRINGHOUSES head into 2015 as leaders of the York FA Under-19s Football League. Houses stayed a point clear of Haxby Town with two games in hand after an 8-1 win at home to York RI. Joe Galloway bagged a hat-trick, Matty Mulhearn and Tom Hawksby

  • York bowler Zoe Eagles to captain U25 England side

    CAPTAINING England Under-25s will be the highlight of Zoe Eagles' burgeoning international bowls career. The highly-rated York player described it as a "great honour" to be chosen to lead her country in the U25s International Series at Erewash

  • Bowls: Dale and Moore in trophy first

    DAVE DALE and Tony Moore notched their first victory in the York Indoor Bowls Club Tom Forbes Pairs competition. The tournament proved to be one of the most popular in its history as 20 teams started off with a round-robin format, which culminated

  • 17 events to enjoy in the New Year

    AS Christmas is done for another year and the days begin to brighten, the National Trust has published its listings to inspire family days out in the New Year. The January and February listings for Yorkshire encourage visitors to explore some of

  • Plaisir fancied to add to prolific jockey’s tally

    ADAM KIRBY - the most prolific Flat jockey in Britain this year - is aiming to add to his tally of winners on the last day of 2014. From January 1 through to December 31, Adam Kirby has plied his trade relentlessly on home soil. He has ridden

  • Children's centres facing big cuts

    BUDGET cuts mean that the year ahead is not going to be easy for education and children's services in York according to the councillor in charge of the brief. Cllr Janet Looker, cabinet member for education children and young people, said the depth

  • Pupils help beat Ebola with show

    CHARITABLE students at Rossett School have done their bit to support the Band Aid 30 appeal raising money to fight the ebola crisis in West Africa. However, far from just buying the single, the students collaborated to recreate the song at the

  • Community stalwarts recognised in New Year's Honours list

    A ROAD safety campaigner, Girl Guide leaders, a science professor and charitable volunteers are among regional stalwarts honoured in the New Year's Honours for their tireless work. Janet Warin, 67, will be made an MBE after campaigning to save

  • Men deny manslaughter of Sam Wilson

    THREE men have pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of 21-year-old Sam Wilson in York. Robbie Mark McHale, 19, and Jack David Alexander, 21, appeared over a video link from Hull Prison yesterday for the plea and case-management hearing at Leeds

  • Fire at York recycling plant

    WORKERS at a recycling plant tackled a fire which broke out in a compost heap on Monday night. Yorwaste's Harewood Whin site reported the fire started on Monday evening but it will take staff days to extinguish the blaze by breaking up the farming

  • Only visit A&E in a real emergency

    A PUBLIC appeal to people NOT to come into A&E unless they absolutely have to is hardly the way hospital bosses will have wanted to end 2014. But clearly they feel they have no choice. York, like other hospitals across the country, has been

  • Honours all round

    A ROAD safety campaigner, Girl Guide leaders, charity volunteers and a University of York academic are among local people recognised in the New Year’s Honours. They join the usual galaxy of TV stars, sporting heroes, artists and writers – not to

  • Why wasn’t theatre put on market?

    CITY of York Council is now expected to sell York Theatre Royal for £1 to the York Conservation Trust (The Press, December 27). This may well be the only solution to keep this building viable, but surely the council has a duty to put the Theatre

  • Theatre sale is unusual move

    CAN it really be that City of York Council is selling York Theatre Royal; even if only for £1, isn’t this a departure from the usual script? Surely the building should be demolished and replaced at Monks Cross with an expensive new structure at

  • Don’t judge the overweight

    I HAVE to say how angry I was with Heather Causnett’s letter in The Press of December 24. I am one of the people she calls “fatties”, but I can assure her I am not “someone whose huge appetite has taken over from common sense” or someone who lives

  • Uncertain future for Waterworld

    MATTHEW Laverack (Letters, December 23) is right to warn about the possible early demolition of the Waterworld swimming pool. City of York Council has previous history of this – many years ago the fantastic Barbican pool was demolished, leaving

  • National identity lost in translation

    WITH all the Americanisms and Continental-isms creeping into our language, including the latest French term “de”, isn’t it about time that we regained our national identity?. The forthcoming Tour ‘de’ Yorkshire should be correctly titled the Tour

  • Witnesses to car vandalism

    ON December 23, my parents had their car ‘keyed’ by a woman in Aldi car park. A couple witnessed this happen, but they did not leave contact details at the time. If it was you, thank you for your assistance. Could you please contact York police

  • Invitation to tackle congestion

    IN ALL the furore about the Lendal Bridge scheme, it’s easy to forget that the idea was a sound one supported by evidence from a trial period. The impact on congestion in the city was mainly positive. The scheme wasn’t pulled because it didn’t

  • Give unwanted gifts to charity

    DID you receive some new jewellery or a watch for Christmas? Would you like to help local deaf babies and children by donating your old items? I collect unwanted things to raise vital funds for the Ear Trust. Every penny goes towards their needs

  • Tory ideas are simply crackers

    TORY employment minister Esther McVey could always write jokes for Christmas crackers if she were to be booted out of Wirral West next May. Esther recently quipped that "50 is the new 30" as the Tories hilariously use misinformation to dismiss

  • Julian doing a fine job with letters

    LETTERS editor Julian Cole has done us all proud by keeping our letters page active in every sense. For some time now, he has built up many letter writers who have become local celebrities and continue to supply comments, never mind how many letters

  • Fair looked just like a prison camp

    I WALKED into town for some last-minute Christmas shopping and entered Parliament Street to be greeted by the very unChristmas vision of something resembling a correctional facility (love these Americanisms). The wooden huts were surrounded by

  • Refuse collection is absolutely rubbish

    I NOTE that you have had several letters regarding rubbish collections, or should I say collections which are rubbish. I experienced this rubbish service and feel justified in complaining, although I also note in your Letters page that Paul Hepworth

  • Labour wrong to focus on gender

    I TOTALLY agree with the letter from Matthew Laverack regarding his condemnation of the Labour Party in their short-sighted policy of insisting that the next candidate for York at the general election must be a woman, regardless of whether she be the

  • Don’t waste cash on lawbreaking cyclists

    IT’S good to see that pantomime season is in full swing in York and the lights are on (The Press, December 19). The police are handing out lights to cyclists. Next page two large articles, one about how difficult it is for the police to maintain

  • December 31

    100 years ago WRITING to friends in North Wales a gentleman who was serving at the front stated: “It was a memorable Christmas Day in our trenches, as we had a truce with the enemy from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day morning, not a shot being fired

  • Take a walk on the wild sides of the city

    LORD Mayor Ian Gillies navigates York’s historic city walls with the help of Simon Mattam’s walking guide. The book, titled A Walking Guide to York’s City Walls, was originally published in the summer for the Friends of York Walls. But – walkers

  • Six-month jail term follows festive arrest

    A VIOLENT man will start 2015 with a six-month prison sentence — after he was arrested over the Christmas holiday. James Gibb, aged 25, assaulted two police officers and a woman and committed other offences. Gibb failed to attend court and

  • Bike thief’s £600 bill for an impulsive ride

    A THIEF faces a £600 bill for taking a new bicycle for a ride about and abandoning it near Millennium Bridge. Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, said the bike’s owner left it in the bicycle shelter near the Arc Light shelter for the homeless in Union

  • Prosecutor’s warning on New Year’s Eve boozing

    The man in charge of North Yorkshire's prosecutors has given six reasons why festive drinking can lead to a court appearance and prison. Martin Goldman, chief crown prosecutor for Yorkshire and Humber, urged residents and revellers not to over


    CITY OF YORK COUNCILThe following applications have been received by the City of York CouncilTOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (Development Management Procedure) ORDER 2010. Notice under Article 13 (4) or (5) of application for planning permission.14/02789/OUTM

  • November

    THE million British soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War were remembered at a poignant Festival of Remembrance at the York Barbican. A day later The Royal British Legion’s Ted Griffiths – who had earned the nickname Mr Poppy for

  • September

    THE National Railway Museum turned music venue when it teamed up with York’s Mor Music for the MOR Music Festival. York Hospital patients were waiting too long to be assessed for emergency care, national inspectors said. Former army dog handler

  • August

    The month began with colour. The sixth York 10K was the biggest and most colourful yet. More than 6,000 entrants raised tens of thousands of pounds for good causes – and had a great time doing so. A few days later, however, the mood turned

  • April

    CASTLE Howard hosted the annual Lamb National for woolly jumpers. The Lendal Bridge trial ended early in the wake of controversy, but city leaders still hailed the experiment a success that “met most of its objectives”. In the wake of more

  • January

    IT can’t be often that North Yorkshire appears on NASA’s radar, but in January thousands of tonnes of tyres at a recycling centre in Sherburn-in-Elmet caught fire and the resulting 6,000 foot pall of smoke was visible from space. Public Health

  • December

    The new leader of York’s Labour group on the city council, Dafydd Williams, pledged that all motorists who had been fined during the controversial Lendal Bridge closure were to be refunded. It later emerged this could cost £150,000. Hundreds of

  • October

    The Press revealed how youngsters were risking their lives walking to school beside the busy York outer ring road because a £1.3 million path for cyclists and walkers between the Wigginton Road and Haxby Road roundabouts had been delayed. York

  • July

    ONE event dominated in July – the arrival of the Tour de France. An estimated 100,000 people lined the streets of York on Sunday, July 6, as riders set off for the second leg of the race – 20,000 spectators were at Knavesmire alone, and countless

  • June

    APRIL Fool’s day seemed two months late when Masham residents were told to take down Tour de France jersey bunting in case the wool became wet and caused steel lamp posts to bend. Motorists were equally bemused to learn that a huge spillage of

  • May

    EBOR Morris dancers celebrated the group’s 40th anniversary on May Day. Pocklington Flying Man festival commemorated Thomas Pelling, who in 1733 attempted to leap from the parish church steeple. Huntington School teachers Ian Wilson and Robin Parmitter

  • March

    JEFFREY, believed to be Britain’s only pet camel and an avid ale tippler, was pictured at home in Easingwold celebrating a penny off a pint of beer in the budget. In other animal news, Pickering pecker Charlie the macaw won the coveted post of

  • February

    January blues may have passed but the bad weather continued into February and penguins at Scarborough Sea Life Centre were so fed up with the relentless wind and rain, that staff prescribed them anti-depressant pills. Gales ripped up trees and