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LIVE: Wednesday 25 May 2016

LIVE: Wednesday 25 May 2016

Published at 8:21am 25th May 2016. (Updated at 5:15pm 25th May 2016)

The latest news across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.


Harrogate Cricket Club's match with Yorkshire has been called off because of the rain.


If you go down to Newby Hall on Saturday, you're sure of a big surprise.

One of the world's largest collections of famous teddy bears is going on display at the stately home near Ripon.

The extensive collection was assembled by broadcaster Gyles Brandreth and his wife, Michele Brown, over many years.

It will be on show in a new purpose-built Bear House.

Gyles Brandreth


Ripon is getting ready to mark the national 'Love Your Local Market' campaign.

First run in 2012, the initiative celebrates the uniqueness of the great British market and highlights the importance of markets as a focal point for communities.

Free entertainment on Thursday will include performances by jazz duo Book and Banjo and Greystones choir, along with dance performances, demonstrations and a few surprises.

The market opens at 9am and the entertainment gets under way at 11am.

Ripon Market


Yorkshire's cricketers are visiting Harrogate tonight for a practice match ahead of their T20 clash with Leicestershire on Friday.

It starts at Harrogate Cricket Club at 5.30 and proceeds will go to charities supported by Andrew Gale's benefit year.


A new charity in Harrogate has set up home at St George's Community Centre.

Corrina's Homeless and Vulnerable Project spearheaded using surplus food to serve meals at its groundbreaking café on Mayfield Grove, which closed earlier this month.

The organisation was launched more than two years ago and recently awarded charitable status.

It will continue to use produce donated by local retailers to make two-course meals on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday at St George's.

Corrina Young


The #GameOfRoses at Headingley has sold out in record time.

Tickets for Yorkshire Vikings’ NatWest T20 Blast match against Lancashire Lightning on Friday 1 July have all been snapped up, two days ahead of the Vikings’ opening game against Leicestershire Foxes.

Andy Dawson, Commercial Director at Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said: "This is fantastic news for the Club and proves the popularity of the shorter format of the game is at Headingley.

"We encourage anyone wishing to attend a NatWest T20 Blast match at Headingley to purchase their tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment. Early Bird prices are available for our other six home T20 fixtures, including four more Friday night games under the lights and our Family Fun Day on Father's Day."



A 10-year 'masterplan' for Harrogate is expected to be approved later.

It sets out several improvement projects, including a new transport hub and restricting the flow of traffic on Cambridge Crescent and Montpellier Parade.

Senior councillors were due to make a decision last month, but said they needed more information.


Now, what do you make of this?

Apparently, Yorkshire has the most romantic men in the UK.

A survey by diamond jewellery brand Vashi claims 64% of women asked in the region said their partner was 'very romantic' - putting Yorkshire and the Humber top of the poll, behind Scotland, the West Midlands, East Midlands and North East. 

2,630 British women took part in the survey, all of whom were aged 18 or over and had been in a relationship for a minimum of 12 months.

Men from Wales were voted the least romantic. 

Well, it's nice to know we're all loved up!


We think 19-year-old Tom Oates from Bishop Monkton is pretty special.

He's no stranger to achieving his goals, despite having a number of disabilities due to having Bardet-Biedl Syndrome, a genetic disorder which can affect sight, as well as presenting other physical difficulties such as kidney problems and obesity.

His latest challenge is running a 10K to raise money for a piece of equipment for the gym at Henshaws Specialist College:

Tom Oates Henshaws

We've been speaking to Tom and his mum, Emma, as well as Vicky and Rachel from Henshaws: 


Good morning!

Here we go for another day.

It's not going to be a sunny one. We're expecting showers later, with highs of 10 degrees.

You can see the latest forecast here.