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 pub The Gillygate went bonkers for conkers by hosting an Open Conker Championship, with admission fees going to charity; and pupils at Clifton Green Primary School did the same, collecting more than 50,000 conkers in 10 days to raise a total of £1,300 for Martin House Children's Hospice.

Army bosses revealed that army medics trained at 22 Field Hospital in Strensall were to be deployed to Sierra Leone to help in the fight against Ebola.

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy and Tom Courtenay were revealed to be among the stars of a new feature-length version of Dad's Army being filmed in Yorkshire; and York's community stadium project was approved - though two more Labour councillors sensationally quit on a night of high drama at the Guildhall.

An escaped wallaby - later dubbed Wesley - forced the closure of York's ring road after being spotted beside the A1237. Wesley was later taken to Askham Bryan College.

Pickering went back to the 1940s for its annual Wartime Weekend; and thousands of runners took to the streets of York for the Yorkshire Marathon.

The city council signed a landmark deal with Network Rail to start redeveloping the huge York central site behind the railway station; and York's unsung heroes enjoyed their moment in the spotlight at the annual Press Community Pride Awards.

In sport, York City boss Nigel Worthington resigned and former Scunthorpe United boss Russ Wilcox was unveiled as the new manager.