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Monday, May 23, 2016
Esme Thorpe, four, and the children of Ashfield Primary School speak live to Tim Peake on the space station Photo by Richard Walker/ imagenorth.net

There was an extraterrestrial beginning to a school day for one group of pupils

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Sharon Canavar

It has to be ‘destination Harrogate’ for one of the country’s leading arts and performance festivals

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Tom Wrigglesworth

Our star columnist prepares to hit the heights and wonders whether saying no might have been a better idea

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Ann Daniels

A newspaper advert changed everything for Ann Daniels who went from a Bradford bank to some of the most inhospitable parts of the globe.

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Lisa Byrne

Our style-conscious columnist welcomes the latest trends on the streets of York.

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Yorkshire cookery writer Sam Stern.

To launch our new foodie Q&A column, we catch up with young York cookery writer Sam Stern

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Yorkshire Food
Tom Wrigglesworth

Whenever I am interviewed in my capacity as a comedian it never seems long before a question along the lines of ‘are people from Yorkshire funnier than their southern counterparts?’ This has probably been debated since the Big Bang, or at least since the Church established the province of Canterbury and the province of York. Either way it’s no doubt still hotly contested in student union bars throughout the land, and when I’ve been asked to field it, I’ve dodged the question and mumbled something about how we’re all the same.

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Social Events

Monday, May 16, 2016
Mayor of Harrogate Nigel Simms, Mark Wilkinson, Mayoress of Harrogate Lynn Simms

Guests joined leading kitchen designer Mark Wilkinson at the re-opening of his Harrogate showroom where Michelin star chef Frances Atkins, of the Yorke Arms, also gave a cookery demonstration.

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Guest speaker Quentin Willson

About 230 guests celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Classic & Sportscar Centre near Malton in North Yorkshire at a black tie dinner at the National Railway Museum, York where the guest speaker was journalist Quentin Willson.

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Jane Asher, her husband Gerald Scarfe

Actor and entrepreneur Jane Asher took on the iconic role of Miss Haversham in a new adaptation by playwright and screenwriter Michael Eaton of Great Expectations for West Yorkshire Playhouse.

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Claire Holmes, Jenna Hardy

At least 430 guests attended the Yorkshire Haven’s sixth annual Blossom Fashion Show at the Queen’s Hotel, Leeds and raised more than £16,500.

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Charles with young festivals supporters

Charles and Camilla are put to work making pastry on a visit to Yorkshire

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Harrogate Bettys
Students from Heckmondwike Grammar School raising money for community aid project in Sri Lanka

More than £5,500 was raised at a ball to help students from Heckmondwike Grammar School take part in a community expedition to Sri Lanka.

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An appeal on behalf of Calderdale Rising

Friday, January 29, 2016
Calderdale Rising

Jenny Dutson, owner of The Workshop in Hebden Bridge, makes a plea for help on behalf of the people of flood-hit Calder Valley

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Fiona Movley, Lee Child, Sharon Canavar, CEO of Harrogate International Festivals

Bestselling author Lee Child flew from New York to appear at an exclusive event for Harrogate International Festivals.

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Celebrity Interviews

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Julia Bradbury at Malham in the Yorkshire Dales

Julia Bradbury walks the walk (and talks the talk) at Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

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John Foxx

John Foxx was the original founder of the popular 70’s band, Ultravox and has a career which has spanned for nearly fifty years. I spoke to John about his time growing up in Chorley where he was born and his involvement in the adaptation of the E.M. Forster short story, “The Machine Stops” by Pilot Theatre and the York Theatre Royal.

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Anna Wintour

Students are urged to learn from the best and be self sufficient. Photographs by Andy Bulmer

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Jo Brand atempts to from Hull to Liverpool for Sport Relief

Don’t laugh but comic Jo Brand is planning a coast to coast trek for Sport Relief

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Tom Wrigglesworth

Radio 4 host on growing up in Sheffield and his love of the Peak District

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