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Tune in to see if Wakefield's Britain's Got Talent stars have made the next round

Two acts from our district will return to the nation's screens tomorrow night as they find if they have reached the next stage of Britain's Got Talent. Vintage 1940s act the D-Day Darlings and dance group Rise both received the maximum of four...

today, 17:03 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Thousands sign petition to make Blacker Lane safe

Around 3,000 people have backed a push for safety measures on a notorious road which saw 24 accidents in the space of a year. Blacker Lane at Netherton has become the focus of a community campaign and the strength of feeling has led to over 2,500...

today, 17:03 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Riverside development will "transform" Castleford

The transformation of Castleford's old chemical works into a new housing and leisure complex "will bring a different dimension" to the town, it's been claimed. Developers were given planning permission to build up to 1,400 homes,...

today, 16:01 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Heroes who saved heart attack Wakefield mum's life on M1 motorway are commended

A MEMBER of the public and police who helped save a Wakefield woman's life after she  suffered  a massive heart attack while driving on the M1 have been commended for their actions. Her husband Ryan stopped the car and began immediate CPR, whilst also...

today, 15:29 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

‘Reece was a little soldier’

A Mum and dad who lost their son to brain cancer have set up a charity to buy new game consoles for other children going through similar illnesses. Reece Miree was 10 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and died aged 11 in March. He was an avid...

today, 15:29 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

City Tastes and Tipples: Mixing art, gin and sport at Hogarths

Westgate bar Hogarths opened in summer 2015 riding on the wave of the gin revolution that swept the country. The bar was trying to fill a gap in the market as the drink began to enjoy a new lease of popularity. It takes inspiration from the gin...

today, 15:29 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Thunderstorms: What causes this extreme weather phenomena and can they be predicted?

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are predicted around various parts of the UK over the upcoming bank holiday weekend, with thunderstorms, alongside lightning, being some of the most dramatic weather phenomena in the UK. What exactly causes the dramatic...

today, 15:29 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

New Dean will bring ‘fresh thinking and innovation’

Canon Simon Cowling has been unveiled as the new Dean of Wakefield. The current Rector of Bolton Abbey replaces Jonathan Greener, who was named Dean of Exeter last year. The Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Rev Nick Baines, made the announcement, saying Canon...

today, 15:15 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Raising a glass to Baroness Bacon

A beer brewed to honour Yorkshire’s first female MP will be served in parliament next month. The Baroness Bacon beer pays tribute to Alice Bacon, who after being elected as Leeds North East MP in 1945, became a high-profile minister, spearheading the...

today, 14:58 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Pub permitted to re-open and serve until 2am

A Castleford pub which has been empty for months will soon be serving beer again. The White Lion on Pottery Street has been granted renewed permission to sell alcohol after its previous landlady terminated its old licence when she sold the pub at the...

today, 14:58 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Free five-day festival of culture to launch

A new free cultural festival that will highlight Knottingley’s past, present and future is being held in the town next week. The Glass Works is a five-day celebration from May 28 to June 1, based at Kellingley Social Club which offers activities such...

today, 14:46 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

New mayor to help our burns unit

Wakefield’s new mayor has pledged to raise money for the regional burns unit at Pinderfields Hospital during his year in office. Former miner Stuart Heptinstall, representative for the Wakefield East ward, was inaugurated at the council’s annual...

today, 14:46 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Hundreds of empty homes across the district despite housing shortage

Hundreds of homes lie empty across the district despite a shortage of affordable housing. A provisional council report says that 1,500 properties across the district have been unoccupied for at least six months. The situation has been described as an...

today, 14:46 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Street drinking still a problem in town centre

Plans for a new off licence in Castleford town centre have been rejected after police said they are still dealing with street drinkers on a daily basis. A public spaces protection order (PSPO) was put in place last year to stop anti-social behaviour...

today, 14:25 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Long-standing fun run saved after fears it would be axed

A fun run that has become a staple annual event in the last 30 years has been saved after a team of volunteers stepped forward. Upton Fun Run looked likely to be scrapped this year when the long-standing organisers, Trevor and Christine Elkin, stepped...

today, 14:22 in Yorkshire & Humber
 


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