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Family first for moderate Blair: The week that was July 25 to 31, 1994

Tony Blair kicked off his drive to establish Labour as the party speaking up for family this week in 1994, by saying it was wrong for a mother to seek to have a child outside of a steady relationship.

Lotherton Hall April 1979

Nostalgia on Tuesday: History behind art

Sir Alvary and Lady Gascoigne donated Lotherton Hall to Leeds in 1968. Their gift included a magnificent garden, parkland, an art collection as well as an endowment fund. A little later the hall became one of three art museums run by Leeds City Council, the others being Leeds City Art Gallery and Temple Newsam House.

"Prep" al fresco

Meet Yorkshire’s own campfire gourmet

If you see a man with a pan on top of a mountain it could be Paul Robinson. Sharon Dale meets the Yorkshire Gourmet.

Leeshaw Reservoir

Weekend Walk: Leeshaw Reservoir

There are several fine walks on the moorland above Oxenhope, terminus of steam trains on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

Walks and Cycling
River Nidd, Knaresborough

Bike Route: It’s fast and flat, but what a ride

Commuting to the Great Yorkshire Show last week reminded me of the great roads you can find around Harrogate, so I took the train there this week to embark on a scenic circular ride which took me through a whole host of picturesque places that lie to the east of the town.

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As well as the outdoor areas, there is also an indoor play barn at William's Den.

Couple turn corner of their Yorkshire farm into massive adventure playground

Inspired by Swallows and Amazons, Lucy Oates meet the couple who have turned a corner of their Yorkshire farm into a massive adventure playground.

Near Masham, 16th July 1990.

The arid outlook at Leighton Resrvoir.

Reservoir drains on hottest day: The week that was: July 18 to 24, 1990.

Thousands of homes in Yorkshire were without water as a burst main drained a reservoir on one of the hottest days of the year. A break in the main pipe from the Riva reservoir near Rawdon caused chaos in villages and towns around the area at a time of peak demand. As the heatwave continued, water chiefs warned that more taps could run dry across the region.

Leeds City Varieties staging the Good Old Days December 1968

Nostalgia on Tuesday: City’s life on stage

To enjoy a play in the early 18th century, Leeds residents would have been drawn to yards belonging to the Talbot or Rose and Crown Inns on Briggate.


Come on in, the surf’s up in sunny Scarborough

when you think of surfing you probably conjure up images of sun-kissed places such as Bondi Beach, in Australia, or any number of beaches in Hawaii – the undisputed home of surfing.


Bike Route: A view from the canal towpath

I’ve lived in and around the Aire Valley for most of my life but was treated to a completely fresh view of it this week as I took the Aire Valley towpath (national cycling route 696) from Leeds to Bingley and then on to the Airedale Greenway (national cycling route 66) all the way to Skipton. If you or your family have been inspired by the Tour de France to get on your bike, this route will be perfect for you as it’s pan flat, traffic free, and hugs the Leeds Liverpool Canal for its duration.

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Looking across Ribblesdale from the route

Weekend Walk: Giggleswick Scar & Schoolboy Tower

Giggleswick Scar is a long limestone edge forming part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s southern boundary.

Walks and Cycling
PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Lin Sunderland: Meet Spurn Point’s ‘Lighthouse Witch’

Seventy-year-old Lin Sunderland calls herself the Lighthouse Witch. Helen Leavey travels to Spurn Point to meet one of the volunteers who are a beacon of hope for seafarers.

York is a magnet for tourists, but Alfred Hickling wants to give them something different.

The unexpected joys of owning a Yorkshire walking tour company

From gun-obsessed Ukrainians to a Filipino mother desperate for a daughter-in-law, Alfred Hickling on the unexpected joys of owning a walking tour company.

Martin Smith with his mechanical money tree.

Meet the Huddersfield artist building his own money tree

Who said there’s no such thing as a money tree? Sarah Freeman meets a kinetic artist building one right now in his Huddersfield studio.

All-day drinks plan delayed: The week that was July 11 to 17, 1988

All-day drinks plan delayed: The week that was July 11 to 17, 1988

The summer holiday season got under way and then immediately stopped again as widespread industrial action hit the annual exodus to sunnier climes. Airport lounges were turned into temporary campsites as the backlog of holidaymakers awaiting flights continued to build up.

Warmsworth High Road

Nostalgia on Tuesday: Village’s lost life

An insight into the former rural life of South Yorkshire village Warmsworth was given to me by Thelma Tattersall, a former schoolmistress at Mill Lane school.

Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards 2016.  New Dock Hall.  4 November 2016.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Two more big names sign up to awards showcase

Two more of Yorkshire’s biggest companies have signed up to sponsor this year’s Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards.

Rachel Massey is the arts and wellbeing coordinator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

My Yorkshire: Rachel Massey, arts and wellbeing coordinator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Rachel Massey is the arts and wellbeing coordinator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. She curates a programme of activities ranging from barefoot walking to yoga. She lives in Holmfirth with her partner and two children.

Near York Road on Beverley Westwood.

Weekend Walk: Beverley Westwood

Beverley has one of the best areas of common land in England.

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The River Esk in Goathland, on the North Yorks Moors, pictured by Graham Warrender of Town Moor.

Bike Route: Stunning scenery, aching limbs

One of the best things about writing this column is it takes me to places I’ve never been and I was grateful to receive an email a few weeks ago from Elaine Ward at Scarborough Paragon Cycling Club suggesting I try one of her favourite rides.

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