• CD reviews of the year

    Dan Bean... Album of the Year: St Vincent, St Vincent (Loma Vista/Caroline International): Despite a cover that looks like a Lady Gaga knock-off, this was a refreshing, gritty and hugely enjoyable album. All guitars and synth, and all over the

  • James, Scarborough Open Air Theatre, Friday, May 22

    JAMES will make their Scarborough Open Air Theatre debut in May. Led by Boston Spa singer Tim Booth, the Manchester indie band with 20 Top 40 hits, will perform songs from their 33-year career plus material from last year's La Petite Mort, their

  • Thousands gather in York to see in New Year

    PICTURE GALLERY: Photos from the celebrations outside York Minster>> THOUSANDS of revellers gathered in York to see in the New Year. Despite cold weather and the results of a recent survey suggesting most people were planning to celebrate

  • York City boss keeping options open

    YORK City boss Russ Wilcox is casting his eye over potential goalkeeping targets should on-loan shot-stopper Alex Cisak return to Burnley next week. Cisak’s current loan deal at Bootham Crescent expires after Saturday’s home game against Plymouth

  • The Decemberists, Leeds O2 Academy, February 14

    THE Decemberists will follow up the January 19 release of their seventh studio album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, by touring Britain in February. Colin Meloy's American indie folk-rock band from Portland, Oregon, will play Leeds

  • Barbara Dickson, Leeds Town Hall, March 6.

    BARBARA Dickson will play Leeds Town Hall on the penultimate night of her 24-date tour on March 6. The Scottish singer, songwriter, folk musician and Olivier Award-winning actress will set out with her band on February 1 to perform material old

  • Joan Armatrading, Leeds Grand Theatre, March 22

    JOAN Armatrading will play Leeds Grand Theatre on March 22 on the spring leg of her last world tour after 42 years on the road. Rehearsed and premiered at Pocklington Arts Centre last September, the show is a solo performance, the first tour of

  • The History Boys, Grand Opera House, York, June 8 to 13

    VOTED the nation’s favourite play, Alan Bennett’s The History Boys will be top of the class again in 2015 when it heads out on a new British tour. Sell A Door Theatre's production will visit the Grand Opera House, York, from June 8 to 13, preceded

  • Olly Murs, Leeds First Direct Arena, April 20

    OLLY Murs is to play Leeds First Direct Arena on April 20 on his Never Been Better Tour, adding a third Yorkshire gig to an itinerary that already includes Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on March 31 and April 1. "To all the fans out there, I'm going

  • Lucy Rose, Leeds Brudenell Social Club, March 15

    SINGER-SONGWRITER Lucy Rose will play Leeds Brudenell Social Club on March 15 this year on her first headline tour in 18 months. Lucy, 25, will be taking her five-piece band out on the road for 15 dates to play new material from her second album

  • The Handsome Family, Leeds Irish Centre, March 16

    AFTER 21 years and nine albums, Brett and Rennie Sparks, otherwise known as The Handsome Family, finally had their reward for their distinctive songwriting and ceaseless touring. In early 2014, T Bone Burnett chose their song Far From Any Road

  • Alfie Boe, Scarborough Open Air Theatre, June 27

    TENOR Alfie Boe will take centre stage in a Last Night Of The Proms concert, organised to coincide with Armed Forces Day, at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on June 27 this summer. Boe is part way through his British arena tour to mark the autumn

  • The Sooty Show!, Grand Opera House, York, April 8.

    IZZY wizzy, let's get busy, The Sooty Show! is heading for the Grand Opera House, York, on April 8. Joining Sooty will be Sweep, Soo and Sooty's television partner, Richard Cadell, who will attempt to keep Sooty from falling into mischief at his

  • Jazz notes

    AS the festivities draw to a close and life returns to normal, we can all look forward to a year of great live jazz events in the region. If you’ve overspent through the holiday season and are nursing a damaged bank account, you can be thankful

  • All Blacks’ pledge in wake of popular player’s death

    "LET'S do it for Ady." That was the message from New Earswick All Blacks ARLC player-boss Jack Stearman as his side, reeling from the death of popular team-mate Ady Robinson, resume their Pennine League championship one campaign at second-placed Dewsbury

  • Red star and Racing Europe to shine for trainer Ellison

    BRIAN ELLISON can make a flying start to 2015 by completing a double at Catterick today. The Norton trainer, equally adept at turning out winners on the Flat and over jumps, saddles two potentially useful hurdlers in Definitly Red and Racing Europe

  • Motorists facing New Year roadworks misery

    MOTORISTS are facing an unhappy New Year of delays and diversions when a section of York's inner ring road shuts for up to three weeks. A vital upgrade to the city's ageing gas mains will mean the closure of one lane of Nunnery Lane - heading north-west

  • Hundreds join pilgrimage from Ripon Cathedral

    HUNDREDS of walkers took part in an annual Boxing Day pilgrimage from Ripon Cathedral to Fountains Abbey. The four-mile pilgrimage, led by the Bishop of Knaresborough, the Rt Rev James Bell, followed a service at the cathedral. The walk took

  • Missing woman found

    DETECTIVES searching for a missing York woman said she has been found safe and well. Coleen Finnegan, 51, was reported missing from the city on Monday, December 15, from The Peasholme Centre in Fishergate. Coleen was found safe and well in

  • Rise in young people contacting national charity PAPYRUS

    A NATIONAL charity which works to prevent young suicide has seen "a considerable rise" in the number of young people contacting it. PAPYRUS has urged young people in York and North Yorkshire to try and relax this festive period, and try not to

  • A look ahead at events to come in 2015

    AS 2015 begins, let's look ahead to some of the events to look forward to in York this year. The very first female bishop in the Church of England - Reverend Libby Lane - will be consecrated at York Minster on January 26. More historic work

  • Family’s tributes to moped rider killed in crash on A64

    THE family of a moped rider who died following a crash on the A64 have paid tribute to him. Robert Andrew Crick, 21, from Rillington, was riding on the A64 close to West Knapton, near Malton, at just before 8am on Tuesday, December 23, when he

  • Foss Islands Road crash victim dies

    THE motorist who collided with traffic lights in York on Tuesday has died, police have said. The 70-year-old man was driving a Ford Mondeo which crashed into traffic lights in Foss Islands Road, near Morrisons supermarket, at about 11.55am on Tuesday

  • Concern grows for missing man

    THE family of missing man Alan Wilkinson have released a new picture of him in the hope someone can provide information on his whereabouts. Mr Wilkinson, 65, of Cayton near Scarborough, was reported missing on Monday, December 8, and and has not

  • Viking beards wanted

    MEN who received razors from Santa are being urged to exchange them for vitamins and fish oil, as Norse experts from JORVIK Viking Festival declare war on hair removal. Time is running out for people to prepare for the festival’s Best Beard Contest

  • ‘Mindless’ theft of decorative reindeer

    THIEVES stole a light-up reindeer from a house in York.The £80 illumination was taken from the garden of the home of Lynne and Mark Dunning in Bramble Dene, Woodthorpe, in the early hours of Wednesday.Lynne said the reindeer which lit up in red, white

  • Comic star to celebrate work of Jessie's Fund

    A CHARITY set up in memory of a musical little York girl who died of a brain tumour will mark its 20th anniversary this year by staging 20 concerts and other events. Jessie's Fund's programme will culminate with a £90-a-head five course banquet

  • Council told to answer resident’s request for information

    BRITAIN’S information watchdog has had to order City of York Council to respond to a resident’s request for information, after hearing it had failed to meet its legal obligations. The council received a request last January under the Freedom of

  • Female shopper fights off attacker

    A SHOPPER was able to fend off an attacker as he tried to snatch her bag. The 43-year-old woman was about to get into her car at 3.30pm on December 29 when a man came up behind her near Curry’s store on the Bessingby Retail Park, Bridlington.

  • Rotary club gives helping hand to Yorchestra

    THE Rotary Club of York has handed £1,150 to Yorchestra, a registered charity run by volunteers to help young people develop their musical talents. Club president John Lacy, accompanied by Graham Todd and Fred Anderson from the club, presented

  • Empty houses now back in use

    YORK has the lowest number of empty homes of any authority across North Yorkshire, new figures have revealed. Empty homes often become derelict and create havens for anti social behaviour and have proved to be a nuisance to the neighbourhoods they

  • Liqueur maker steps in to rescue damsons in distress

    IT'S a case of damsons in distress in North Yorkshire as an artisan liqueur maker takes action to tackle a nationwide shortage of the British fruit. With stocks of English damsons hitting an all-time low, local liqueur producer Raisthorpe Manor

  • Generous Riley helps save Christmas for children at refuge

    A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy's generosity helped save Christmas for women and children at York's refuge. Riley Watson told his mother he had enough toys, and asked if could she give some to the children at the refuge who didn't have enough. Friends

  • Young African rugby players get kit boost

    RUGBY players in Uganda are enjoying a bright new era thanks to the generosity of York residents and Press readers. Last autumn, we published an appeal by Robert Powell, a Poppleton ex-pat coaching teams in Entebbe on the shores of Lake Victoria

  • Young farmer presents farming show on BBC Radio York

    A YOUNG farmer is to present a new show about farming on BBC Radio York. Yorkshire Farming, a one-hour show which will be launched at 6am on Sunday, will be fronted by Gareth Barlow, who had no family connection to farming but bought six rare breed

  • Concerts and poetry planned for Women’s Week

    PLANS are underway for York's International Women's Week in 2015 - and a wide range of further events are welcomed. The festival will run from Saturday, March 7 to Saturday, March 14, and has received full sponsorship from the Centre for Women's

  • School welcomes Judi Dench clarification

    DAME Judi Dench has clarified she was not referring to her York secondary school when she disclosed how poor teaching nearly put her off Shakespeare for life. Towards the end of last year the Oscar-winning actress, who attended The Mount School

  • Police ready for challenge of new year

    THE Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police said 2015 will see further changes to how the force operates. Looking back at the year, Dave Jones said the Tour de France was his highlight of 2014 from a policing and planning point of view. Mr

  • Drug addict stole from shops

    A heroin addict caught shoplifting twice in York city centre in the run-up to Christmas while on a court order has received a conditional discharge. Emma Jane Kasiuk, 29, was on bail for the first theft when she committed the second theft, and

  • Motorist killed on Boxing Day is named

    THE motorist who died in a crash on Boxing Day has been named as Robert Arthur Henry. Mr Henry, 72, from Whitby Way, Darlington, was driving a red Ford Focus on the A1(M) near Scotch Corner at about 7.40am on December 26. North Yorkshire Police

  • Students told to get TV licence or face a fine

    STUDENTS hoping to save money on bills by skipping payments have been fined thousands of pounds for doing so in the last 12 months. Those studying for degrees in the city and choosing to live in flats and houses must pay for a TV Licence, but 55

  • Drinker defied alcohol can ban

    A drinker who defied a court order within an hour of police showing her mercy spent 36 hours in custody, York magistrates heard. Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, told them Karen Bulmer, 47, who has a long history of drink-related offences, is banned

  • Teenager set to face trial on assault charge

    A TEENAGER has appeared before York magistrates charged with assault with intent to resist arrest after an East Yorkshire businessman was allegedly run over by a van. Peter Rigal of Rigal Chemical and Process Plant Ltd of Whitley, near Goole, spent

  • Theatre head to take on new role

    SHEENA Wrigley is leaving the chief executive's post at the West Yorkshire Playhouse after six years to join Manchester’s new cultural venue, HOME, as its executive director. Wrigley, who joined the Playhouse in 2008, has navigated the organisation

  • The Press photographers look back at 2014

    HOW'S the sore head? Not too bad, we hope. Today's the day when we traditionally start looking ahead to what the new year will hold. But we're all still a bit hung over for that. So instead, we'll take one last, gentle look back at the year which

  • Patrick Monahan, Pocklington Arts Centre, February 26

    PATRICK Monahan, the Irish-Iranian comedian from Teesside, launches his 2015 British tour, Adventures In Monahan Land next month. Adventures In Monahan Land, an energetically witty and charming family show, will be on the road from February 6 to

  • Bakeware firm's rocket mission

    A NORTH Yorkshire bakeware supplier has had many wide-ranging commissions in its century-long history but has never before supplied tins to build a space rocket - until now.Pickering-based Invicta Bakeware is helping to create a rocket to transport a

  • Just another day, isn’t it?

    LOOK at what you hold today. Turn this thing over, lift it to the light, test its weight, the shape unknowable and yet the same. Grasp this lump of newness, sigh and then utter a magical incantation suitable to such a moment: “Bloody hell, another

  • Hairdressers bare all in 2015 charity calendar

    CITY hairdressers have bared all in a 2015 calendar to raise money for local mental health charity York Mind. Strategically placed hairdryers, clippers and combs preserve the modesty of staff from Hair Flicks in Tang Hall Lane, run by Caroline

  • January 1

    100 years ago A British soldier who had only recently been brought back from the trenches near Ypres, suffering from a combination of pneumonia and frostbite, had dived into the Seine on Christmas Eve and rescued a young woman who had jumped into

  • 15 revelations that help show why the FOIA is so vital...

    The Freedom of Information Act came into force ten years ago today. GAVIN AITCHISON looks at how it has given the public and the media unique access to official information. CAMPAIGNERS who fought to make public authorities more accountable are

  • FC Front Counter Opening Hours

    THE PRESS FRONT COUNTER OPENING TIMES Christmas Eve ~ 9am - 12.30 pm Thursday Dec 25th ~ Closed Friday Dec 26th ~ Closed Saturday Dec 27th ~ Closed Monday Dec 29th ~ 9am ~ 5 pm Tuesday Dec 30th ~ 9am ~ 5pm Wednesday Dec 31st ~ 9am ~ 12.30 pm

  • Warin Janet

    Janet WARIN Congratulations on your MBE in the 2015 new years honours. Love David and Neil xx

  • Edward Scholfield

    SCHOFIELD Edward Passed away peacefully on December 22nd at York Hospital, aged 83. A dear husband, father and grandfather. Funeral service to be held at York Spiritualist Centre on Wednesday, January 7th at 1.00p.m., followed by a private interment

  • Hazel kitchen

    KITCHEN Hazel Passed away peacefully in the wonderful care of Galtres Care Home, Strensall on December 14th, 2014. She was aged 94. Much loved and loving mother to Rob, Alan and Moira, and grandmother to Robert and David. Her humour will never be forgotten