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Long-standing band call off festive tradition

A long-standing brass band festive tradition will not go ahead, despite measures to try and save it. The chairman of Horbury Victoria Brass Band announced last month that its musicians would not perform carols in the town on Christmas eve, as the clock t

yesterday, 18:05 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Look out for Santa on his sleigh rides

The routes of Santa’s sleigh rides around Ossett and Horbury have been unveiled. Father Christmas will be making his way along the streets from Monday with a little help from the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix. On December 12 the man in red is

yesterday, 16:23 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Scooter riders bring gifts to kids in hospital

A convoy of scooter riders in fancy dress brought Christmas joy to poorly youngsters in hospital. They arrived at Pinderfields Hospital with Father Christmas on Saturday after collecting around £3,000 worth of donations of toys and other items. Featherst

yesterday, 15:29 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Probe after oil spill near river

An oil spillage near the river Calder is being investigated as suspected fly-tipping. A clean-up was carried out after the incident near Denby Dale Road which saw black waste oil seep into ponds and lagoons near the river. Environmental officers visited

yesterday, 14:29 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

New sperm bank seeks donors

Yorkshiremen will be able to help couples to start a family after a pioneering sperm donation clinic announced it will open. Semovo’s site at Thorpe Park, near Garforth, will accept donors from early 2017, and staff are keen to recruit local men. Many of

yesterday, 14:14 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

School beginning to make progress, say inspectors

An education watchdog has recognised improvements made by an academy by raising its effectiveness grade. But Ofsted said there was still work to be done at Freeston Academy in Normanton, after a period of “significant turbulence”, including a fire which

yesterday, 14:01 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

VIDEO: Protesters gather over pool closure plans

Angry campaigners gathered at Castleford Swimming Pool today to protest against plans for its closure. Around a dozen gathered at the Aketon Road baths, joined by MP Yvette Cooper, to make their feelings known about Wakefield Council’s controversial sche

yesterday, 14:01 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Good news for M1 and M62 commuters in West Yorkshire

Yorkshire drivers will benefit from major upgrades to two important junctions in the region. Work is coming to end at Chain Bar on the M606/M62 and work will begin on the M1 at junction 45. An extra lane on Chain Bar roundabout just off the M62 near Brad

yesterday, 13:16 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Ban on junk food ads targeted at children

Ads for junk food and drink targeted at children are to be banned from the internet in a bid to combat the obesity epidemic. Ads for foods high in sugar, fat and salt will be banned from all media aimed at children and content with at least a quarter of

yesterday, 12:42 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

People asked to help prevent spread of Avian flu

People are being asked to help prevent the spread of Avian flu to the UK’s domestic birds. The Department of Environment Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is taking action after an infectious strain of Avian Influenza was recently found in many European

yesterday, 12:14 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

‘Essential services’ will remain open over the Christmas period

‘Essential services’ will be open over Christmas for those who need them, Wakefield Council has said. Services including home care, children’s social work, residential care and the council’s contact centre will continue to be provided between Christmas a

yesterday, 12:14 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Should drivers give way to cyclists when turning left?

Fresh calls have been made for changes to the Highway Code which could improve the safety for cyclists at road junctions. Former cycling champion Chris Boardman is leading the appeal for changes to road users turning at junctions. The Olympic gold medall

yesterday, 11:43 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

When Santa got stuck in the mineshaft

While Father Christmas is usually known for climbing down chimneys this year he has taken things one step further - by climbing down a 140m mineshaft. Sooty Santa has set up his extreme grotto - complete with fire place, stockings, baubles and pressies -

yesterday, 11:29 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Buying presents can be a stress-free experience

Another year travelling the country – and indeed the world – to help businesses I work with to ‘keep the customer satisfied’. In 2016, I have celebrated 21 years crafting my knowledge and expertise. But this is the most wonderful time of the year for me,

yesterday, 11:09 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Start of a new role for “zero-tolerance” police inspector

An inspector with a “zero-tolerance” approach to anti-social behaviour will take charge of neighbourhood police teams. Insp Helen Brear will take over responsibility for the Wakefield Central, North West and Rural NPT areas from current inspector Mark Ch

yesterday, 10:39 in Yorkshire & Humber
 


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