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A leap year in pictures - all 366 of them

It all began innocently enough. On January 1, 2016, Yorkshire Post photographer Tony Johnson was experimenting with a new camera. The result was a black and white portrait of his son, carrying the skateboard he had got for Christmas. Another time, it might have become just another family photograph to go with the hundreds of others Tony had taken. Instead, it was the start of a year-long project which is about to be published in a coffee table photographic book called 366 (2016 being a leap year).


Shots in the dark over Yorkshire’s skies

The sweeping panorama from Sutton Bank, fishing boats bobbing in Whitby harbour, Swaledale hay meadows ablaze with colour – we all have our idea of that special Yorkshire view, the one that really sums up all the county has to offer. But our favourite landscapes share one thing in common. Most of us imagine them bathed in glorious sunshine, far less obscured by approaching dusk – and those are the images captured by photographers for countless greetings cards, calendars and coffee table books.

Juliet Barker, who is a world expert in the Brontes.

My Yorkshire: Brontë expert Juliet Barker on her favourite people and places

Educated at Bradford Girls’ Grammar School and St Anne’s College, Oxford, Juliet Barker is a world expert on the Brontës. She lives in the Yorkshire Dales with her family.

Video: On this day in 1953: Colourful scenes at Eisenhower inauguration

Video: On this day in 1953: Colourful scenes at Eisenhower inauguration

GENERAL DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER took office as 34th President of the United States today, and in a 20-minute inaugural speech called for good faith among nations to end the cold war.

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Dr Lee Tsang at Hull University.
 Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Hull’s unlikely musical genius

Ethel Leginska was reckoned one of the greatest pianists of her day. She wowed audiences with her dazzling playing and charisma. “Leginska Held Her Audience Spellbound” was a typical headline.

Kirsten Simister, curator of art at the Ferens Gallery. Picture: James Hardisty

Six of the best from Hull’s refurbished Ferens Art Gallery

Walking through the Ferens Art Gallery, it’s not immediately obvious where the money has been spent. Closed for 16 months while a £5m restoration project – the biggest in its history – was completed, the walls have been given a lick of paint, the works of art rehung and the cafe and gift shop have received a makeover. However, much of the work has taken place where visitors can’t see.

Puppy Mij indicates the next move in a game of dominos with her paw to the warden of Stainforth Youth Hostel, near Settle, in 1956.

Puppy who played dominos

Meet Mij the puppy who enjoyed a game of dominos.

(AP Photo/David Longstreath)

Desert Storm raises tensions: The week that was January 17 to 23 1991

AN arson attack on a mosque in Batley, West Yorkshire, prompted Home Secretary Kenneth Baker to warn that Britain would not tolerate attacks on law-abiding British Muslims who might support Saddam Hussein.

Rossington first sod

Nostalgia on Tuesday: Pit’s sinking hopes

Photographs showing a sod cutting ceremony prior to the sinking of a new colliery are rare. An exception is Rossington Colliery near Doncaster, the exciting event being captured in 1912 by well known postcard photographer Edgar Leonard Scrivens. This was probably only one of two occasions the pit made spectacular headlines; the other occasion was during the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike, but more of that later.

Artist Geoff Latz with Angela Boyce  at his workshop on Canal Road, Bradford

The nuts and bolts of my art collection

GEOFF Latz’s studio doesn’t look much from the outside. There is a wooden door and a window you cannot see through. Once inside, two things become apparent. One: it is just as cold inside as out. And two: this utilitarian space is full of surprises, not least the artist himself. Geoff is virtually self-educated and approaches art, as he approaches most things, from an unusual angle. His sculptures and artworks are made from scrap metal and discarded wire and bolts and nuts, and they are lined up neatly in here, ships and galleons and totem poles.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park's poet in residence for 2017, Simon Armitage.  Picture by Bruce Rollinson

How poet Simon Armitage is helping celebrate 40 years of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

It’s a grey December day just before Christmas, but the inclement weather somehow only adds to the allure and atmosphere of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I’m there to meet poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage who has just taken up a 12-month residency for the park’s 40th anniversary. Armitage will be helping the YSP celebrate its unique appeal throughout 2017, visiting in different seasons and producing new work in response to the park as well as curating a programme of readings and events, and launching a new publication in the autumn.

Paralympian Kadeena Cox. Picture James Hardisty.

My Yorkshire: Kadeena Cox on her favourite people and places

Kadeena Cox, from Leeds, is the first British athlete in more than 30 years to win two gold medals in two different sports at the Paralympics. She is taking part in this year’s series of The Jump.

On this day in Yorkshire 1954: Weather foils salvage of grounded Hull trawler

On this day in Yorkshire 1954: Weather foils salvage of grounded Hull trawler

Norwegian vessel takes off crew of 20

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Funeral of King George V in January 1936.  The Queen's coach driving from Windsor Station to St. George's Chapel . The picture was brought by aeroplane to Yorkshire.

A King’s farewell from the Yorkshire Post archives

This picture of the funeral of George V was specially flown by aeroplane from London to Yorkshire to make it into the latest edition in 1936.

Then United Nations Secretery General Javier Perez de Cuellar, left, shakes hands with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, Iraq, in this Sept. 14, 1987 file photo.  (AP Photo/File)

UN chief in late Iraq peace bid: The week that was January 10 to 16 1991

IN a last-ditch effort to prevent war in Iraq, United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar left on a diplomatic mission to Baghdad this week in 1991.

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Bramham House just before the fire  views from Park watercolour by Ziegler

Nostalgia on Tuesday: Bramham’s Trials

After a disastrous fire in 1828 Bramham Park house lay derelict for the remainder of the 19th century. Rebuilt prior to the First World War, when many other country houses and estates were being broken up, it is now thriving. The grounds play host to one of the country’s foremost rock events as well as the annual Bramham International Horse Trials

A silver and gold hoard (927 AD)  found in the Vale of York in 2007 and acquired jointly by the British Museum, the Yorkshire Museum and Harrogate Museum.  Picture: Trustees of the British Museum and York Museums Trust.

Seven best archeological hoards found in Yorkshire

Yorkshire has been at the heart of English history for more than 2,000 years and its past and its landscape have been shaped by Roman and Viking invaders, the War of the Roses and the English Civil War.

Robin Hood's Bay Maw Wyke Walk  Robin Hoods Bay and the headland of Ness Point.

Weekend Walk: Robin Hoods Bay & Maw Wyke

Two good paths run out of Robin Hood’s Bay to provide great circular walks: the Cleveland Way national trail and the old Scarborough Whitby railway line, now a walking and cycling route known as the Cinder Track.

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Brant Richards and Ed Oxley

Return of the kecks factor in Hebden Bridge

Like many things, it all started with a beer, as Brant Richards, one half of clothing start-up HebTroCo, explains. “Our friend Dan has a brewery called Bridestones and he made a beer called Trouser Town. And he said: ‘Yeah, if you look up Hebden Bridge on Wikipedia, one of the first things that comes up is that it used to be called Trouser Town,’ and that stuck.” It sounds like too good a line to be true, coming from a Hebden Bridge start-up making a name for itself selling good-quality, hipster-friendly trousers. But it checks out.

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Julian Norton from the Skeldale Veterinary Centre in Thirsk.

My Yorkshire: Julian Norton aka the Yorkshire Vet on his favourite people and places

Julian Norton, from Thirsk, stars as the Yorkshire Vet in the Channel 5 series. He is based at the original James Herriot practice made famous by Alf Wight whose books were turned into All Creatures Great and Small.

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