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 parrot in residence at Legoland’s new pirate themed attraction in Windsor.

Three Sumatran tiger cubs were born at Flamingo Land – the species is critically endangered.

The Smell York book was launched to attract visitors by capturing the city’s “alluring aromas”.

The Y14 conference in Harrogate marked the 100 day countdown to the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire.

Shakespeare’s First Folio, dubbed the most important book in English literature, went on show at the Yorkshire Museum as part of the York Literature Festival, and a model train set at the National Railway Museum won a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest complete working example.

One hundred and fifty Brownies raised cash for Martin House children’s hospice by taking part in a sleepover.

Work began on 27 new council homes and a public consultation was held about the future use of the Burnholme Community College site. The Lib Dems held their spring conference at York Barbican.

A petition was presented to York councillors asking for stricter controls around supermarket development in York, meanwhile TV celebrity Selina Scott joined protesters in Malton opposed to a new supermarket on the site of Wentworth Street car park.

Hundreds ran, climbed, swam and cycled to raise funds for Sport Relief. The row over where Richard III’s remains should be buried went to the High Court.

Meanwhile, Scarborough jockey Tracey Corrigan won the Kiplingcotes Derby, England’s oldest horse race, which was held near Market Weighton.