News archive from 27 April 2013

Best foot forward at Bamburgh boot camp without bossy sergeant major

Best foot forward at Bamburgh boot camp without bossy sergeant major

I'll admit it. I was nervous about turning up at a boot camp in the wet weather, especially one in the hills so close to the sea at Bamburgh. As I pulled up, I thought about what I was letting myself in for. An hour later, sodden and aching but...

Island exhibition planned at gallery

Island exhibition planned at gallery

To coincide with this summer's visit of the Lindisfarne Gospels to Durham, an exhibition of images of Holy Island is planned at the Berwick Watchtower. Meanwhile, the next exhibitions at Berwick Watchtower feature the work of Scott Robertson and James...

Scottish independence: Pension warning for SNP

Scottish independence: Pension warning for SNP

BUSINESSES could be faced with a multi-billion-pound pension bill to finance private retirement schemes in an independent Scotland, the body representing the country's accountants has warned. A study by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of...

Scotsman, 00:01 in Politics
Stephen McGinty: Thumbs down for Kalq layout

Stephen McGinty: Thumbs down for Kalq layout

MRS Clifford's secretarial class was on the fourth floor of St Andrew's High School in Clydebank and it was here in the summer of 1987 that I first learned to play the "literary piano". It was during that strange month or so of limbo, after...

Scotsman, 00:01 in Politics
Gerry Hassan: Conundrum as Miliband seeks winning formula

Gerry Hassan: Conundrum as Miliband seeks winning formula

ED MILIBAND does not have to seek out his troubles - and much of it seems to come from his own side rather than opponents. This week, Len McCluskey, head of the Unite union, laid into Jim Murphy and Douglas Alexander, claiming that if Miliband...

Scotsman, 00:01 in Politics
Dredging done at Seahouses port

Dredging done at Seahouses port

A rock-laden digger took to Seahouses harbour at low tide to redeploy some of the rocks following a recent dredging operation to remove silt accumulations. Dredging is required to keep the harbour open for fishing and leisure boats.


Dead woman named after hen party horror on M62

Leeds University student Bethany Jones, 19, has been named locally as the woman killed in a hen party motorway crash. It is believed she had joined celebrations with bride-to-be Stefanie Firth who was seriously injured in the crash on the M62 near...


Britain must return to coal power and forget climate hype

From: John Richmond, Harrogate Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire. YOUR mailbox must find an increasing number of letters supporting a return to using coal for our power stations instead of the daft idea of wind power. While the Tory party had an inbuilt...


Travellers on the wrong road

From: Terry Morrell, Prunus Avenue, Willerby, East Yorkshire. I HAVE received an email from East Riding Council advising me of the proposed new local plan which is to provide a number of additional gipsy sites to the East Riding. I am sure that this...


Home truths on pensioners and property

From: Eileen Fergusson, Moortown, Leeds. HERE we go again. Pensioner- bashing, this time from the Fabian Society which claims that high levels of home ownership among older people threatens fairness, as middle income workers’ wages stagnate and they...


Patient approach of care in community team

From: SE Skelton, Sunnybank Road, Mirfield, West Yorkshire. AFTER so much bad press recently about the NHS, I must give an airing to a really excellent part of the service of which I have recently had the benefit. For three weeks in January this year,...


Barrie Dobson

PROFESSOR Barrie Dobson, who has died at his home in York aged 81, was one of Britain's most distinguished medieval historians. Born in Stockton and raised in Middleton-in-Teesdale, he retired in 1999 as Professor of Medieval History at the University...


Ian Johnston

IAN Johnston, the former managing director and chairman of Terry's of York, has died. He was 86. Mr Johnston, a highly-respected businessman and much-loved family man, was born in Glasgow and educated at the city’s Jordan Hill College and Glasgow...


Bob Leakey

BOB Leakey, who has died aged 98, was a pioneer potholer and cave diver, active mainly in the Yorkshire Dales throughout the 1940s and 1950s. He was known for his apparent imperviousness to cold which, in the days before wetsuits, enabled him to push...


John Midgley

JOHN Birkby Midgley - universally known as JB - was the first elected mayor of Wetherby, holding the post for the next six years. Mr Midgley, a major in the Army at 22, was born in Leeds, the only brother to three sisters
in the family that owned J B...


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