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LIVE: Friday 27 May 2016

LIVE: Friday 27 May 2016

Published at 6:35am 27th May 2016. (Updated at 6:16pm 27th May 2016)

The latest news across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.


Thanks for being with us for Local Radio Day.

We hope you've enjoyed our A to Z road trip - and we also hope you have a great weekend!


As part of our Local Radio Day celebrations, we've been to Leeds Bradford Airport to help it celebrate the launch of a new service to Guernsey.

Aviation Development Director Tony Hallwood was very keen to have a 'selfie' with Patrick.



Councillor Chris Moorby has been elected as the new chairman of Craven District Council, taking over from Councillor Robert Mason.

Councillor Moorby, who represents the Long Preston ward, said: "I would like to thank the outgoing chairman Robert for being the face of Craven District Council and for all the hard work undertaken by himself and his wife Margaret over the last year.

"My aim is to keep meetings as informal as possible and hopefully with a touch of light-heartedness.

"Over the last four years, I've seen councillors working towards what’s in the best interest of the council and the best interests of the district. I'm sure even in these times of relentless cutbacks and uncertainty, this will continue.

"I will strive to be a good chairman, and with the aid of my fellow councillors and staff at Craven District Council, I feel I will have a very good chance of succeeding."

Craven DC


Now, we've never heard of this before. 

A Worm Charming Championship is taking place in Markington, near Harrogate, on Sunday.

Held on the cricket field from 2.15pm, each competitor or team of up to four will operate a plot of two metres by two metres in a competition lasting 30 minutes!

You're not allowed to dig the worms out of the ground and only vibrations can be used to tempt them up. 

Apparently, the most popular method is to hit a fork with a stick, although the 'tap dancing on a plank' method sounds more fun! 

Entries cost £5 per plot, with all proceeds going to St Michael's Church, Markington.

To enter, or for further information, please e-mail suehouseman@hotmail.com, text 07711 563959 or hand in your entry in the Worm Box at Markington Post Office.

The Worm Charming Championship will be followed by the Markington Duck Race on Markington Beck.


Conservative candidate Caroline Anne Dickinson has been elected as member for the Northallerton division on North Yorkshire County Council.

The by-election, which took place yesterday, was called following the death of County Councillor Tony Hall.

The full result was:

  • Michael Edwin Chaloner (Green) - 58 votes
  • Caroline Anne Dickinson (Conservative) - 654 votes
  • Chris Pearson (Yorkshire First) - 131 votes
  • Stephen Anthony Place (UKIP) - 278 votes
  • David Tickle (Labour) - 233 votes

The turnout was 22.19% of the electorate.


One of our top stories today is about a very important issue which can be difficult to talk about.

The family of a young Ilkley man who took his own life are urging anyone who is going through a difficult time not to suffer in silence.

Their plea comes as they organise a live music event in memory of 21-year-old Ben Williams, to raise funds for national charity PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide).

Stray FM has been speaking to Ben's dad, Kevin, and you can see the video here.


Well done to Andy Brown, who's raised more than £1,000 for two fantastic local causes.

Andy Brown took up the challenge of running the Bristol 10K to raise money and awareness for Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity, where he's worked as a midwife for eight years, and The York Down Syndrome Support Group.

His daughter, Darcey, now aged six, was born with Down Syndrome, and the support that he;s received from the group has been invaluable to the whole family throughout her life.

He decided it was long overdue for him to give something back.

Andy said: "I wanted to say thank you for the support me and my family have received from York Down Syndrome Support Group, and also to raise valuable funds for both the Maternity Unit, where my colleagues do such an amazing job, and the support group that has helped me so much over the past six years. I also ran to try and make my wife and daughter proud, and to try and become a little more worthy of their love!"

He completed the run in an impressive time of 58 minutes and 47 seconds.

He was delighted to come in under the hour mark and is already planning his next run. Well done Andy! 

Andy Brown


Happy Local Radio Day everyone! 

Here at Stray FM, we're joining a number of local radio stations across the country to celebrate serving the local community. 

Research released to coincide with Local Radio Day shows that more than 92% of people would campaign to save their local radio station.

88% of people asked in the survey also describe local news as either important or extremely important to them. 

Stray FM has asked key local figures to share their thoughts on local radio and you can see the results here.


Good morning everyone and Happy Friday! 

It's a bit of a foggy start, and it's going to be cloudy for most of the day. It should stay dry though!

For the full forecast - including the outlook for the Bank Holiday weekend - click here.