Literally the scoop of the century: Our story that alerted Britain to the abdication crisis

It is 80 years since Edward VIII’s abdication shocked the nation. Chris Bond looks back at what triggered the crisis, the impact it had and the legacy it left behind.

Changing times: Polly Toynbee says 2016 has been a tumultuous year in politics.

Polly Toynbee - on Corybn, Trump and the state of politics

Political commentator Polly Toynbee is known for her forthright views and tonight she’s in Huddersfield for a public lecture. Chris Bond talked to her.

Is this the UK’s smallest bakery?

Is this the UK’s smallest bakery?

Behing the unremarkable blue front door of 6 Edwards Street, Saltaire is one of the UK’s smallest bakeries. Joan Ransley reports.

Anne Longfield, Childrens Commissioner for England

Mind the education gap

As a new project is launched aimed at tackling the North-South divide in education, Chris Bond talks to Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield about the challenges.

Joyce Branagh, sister of Kenneth, directing panto at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield.

What’s Kenneth Branagh’s sister doing directing panto in Huddersfield?

Her brother is one of acting’s most famous names, so what’s Joyce Branagh doing directing panto in Huddersfield? She talks to Sarah Freeman.

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Selina Scott.

My Yorkshire: Selina Scott picks her favourite people and places

Selina Scott was born in Scarborough, the eldest of five children. A broadcaster, businesswoman and campaigner, she lives in North Yorkshire, and will be appearing at Malton’s annual Dickens Festival.

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Feast for senses

Horticulturalist Jo Banks reveals how to use foliage, candlelight and cake for the perfect Christmas home. Sharon Dale reports. Pictures by Simon Hulme.

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Ale trail: Otleys pubs are at the heart of community life in the market town. Greg Mulholland, front left, seen here with members of Otley Pub Club.

Putting Otley on the pub map

Pubs are shutting at an alarming rate, but one Yorkshire town is bucking the trend – and could point the way forward for other communities. Andrew Vine reports.

Question of ethics?: Health chiefs in the Vale of York have suggested restrictions on elective surgery for smokers and the overweight, sparking outcry. (PA).

NHS ‘ban’ is a health warning

The Government denies obese patients and smokers are being banned from having surgery. But who is affected and what does it say about the state of the NHS? Chris Bond reports.

Charlotte Meek surrounded by some of her designs  in her studio at Salts Mill, Saltaire

How sewing helped me through cancer

A love of textiles has helped a Yorkshire mum through her cancer battle and into a growing business. Sophie McCandlish reports.

Cyclists taking part in the The World Naked Bike Ride in York. Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian.

Exercise might be good for you. It’s even better if you do it in the nude

From nude yoga sessions to naked bike rides, are we Brits finally throwing off our reputation for prudishness? Siobhan Smith reports.

Ed Balls was an unexpected hit on Strictly Come Dancing. (Photo credit: Guy Levy/BBC).

Ed Balls - political renaissance man with a spring in his step

Appearing on Strictly Come Dancing has done wonders for Ed Balls’s public image. Chris Bond ponders whether there’s an art to reinventing yourself.

The swollen River Don at Sprotbrough. (Picture: Graham Beardsley).

Can nature help tackle flooding on the River Don?

The River Don has long caused flooding problems, but is it time that we looked to nature instead of turning to more costly engineering? Andrew Griffiths reports.

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A lone stag relaxes in the grounds of Harewood, near Leeds.

A monarch and master of all that he surveys

IF you happen to be travelling from Leeds to Harrogate on the Number 36 bus, it’s always worth clambering up to the top deck if you can. The views open up once you’re out of the city and on a good day you get enticing glimpses of the Dales in the distance.

The peloton of the Tour de Yorkshire make their way through the crowds near the Cow and Calf in Ilkley. (YPN).

The Week Ahead: More political change, Tour de Yorkshire route unveiled and an online shopping bonanza

Ukip appoints its new leader and the annual Christmas shopping frenzy continues. Chris Bond looks ahead to who and what is likely to be in the news this week.


Agents of change

roperty and interiors duo Lester and Natalie Hurst have turned their home into a cosy des res. Sharon Dale reports. Pictures by Gary Longbottom.

Robert Hastie, artistic director of Sheffield Theatres.

Meet the new artistic director of Sheffield Theatres

Robert Hastie is the new artistic director at Sheffield Theatres. He tells Yvette Huddleston why the move back north is something of a homecoming.

David Cross is an award-winning architect and managing director of Coda Studios.

Architect David Cross on his favourite people and places

David Cross grew up in Barnsley, but now lives in Sheffield with his wife Toni and their two children. He is an award-winning architect and managing director of Coda Studios, which has offices in Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester.

Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham, is one of the largest stately homes in Europe.

How Philip Hammond threw a lifeline to this crumbling Yorkshire stately home

The floors are lopsided, the plasterwork is crumbling, but now South Yorkshire’s answer to Chatsworth may just live to fight another day. Sarah Freeman reports.

Dr Kevin Grady, head of Leeds Civic Trust, who steps down from the role after 29 years next week.  (Tony Johnson)

Dr Kevin Grady - Leeds Civic Trust boss on how the city has changed

After almost 30 years at the helm of Leeds Civic Trust Dr Kevin Grady is stepping down. He tells Chris Bond about how the city has changed during that time and the challenges it still faces.

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