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Beind the scenes at Strictly Ballroom The Musical

There are two things you notice about the costumes for Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Firstly there are sequins. Lots of them. Secondly those with negative body issues should probably not audition for a role. Skimpy, quite literally, doesn’t cover it. Not even close. The show, which sees maverick dancer Scott Hastings take on the traditionalists as he sets out to win the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix Dancing Championship, is based on Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 film of the same name. A few years ago the director decided to revisit the rom com which gave him his break on the big screen and take it back to the stage.

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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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Ballet dancers Alice Rathbone, Benjamin Jones, Daisy Edwards and Daisy Kerry recreate The Nutcracker in the Painted Hall at Chatsworth House. Picture: F Stop Press

Five golden rings: Yorkshire’s poshest Christmas trees

When Kelly Smith says she makes two guys from building services attend bauble- hanging classes before they get near one of Castle Howard’s Christmas trees, she’s not entirely joking. While the workshops aren’t formal, Kelly, who is known as Fairy Christmas around the North Yorkshire stately home, has certain rules that must be obeyed.

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On this day in Yorkshire 1952: Leeds man wins world billiards championship

On this day in Yorkshire 1952: Leeds man wins world billiards championship

Leslie Driffield, a Leeds business man and English champion, last night, in Calcutta, won the World Amateur Billiards Championship.

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On this day in Yorkshire 1941: Students make model ‘planes

On this day in Yorkshire 1941: Students make model ‘planes

Three junior students of the Leeds College of Art are putting their spare time and money to good use by making scale models of British and enemy aircraft from odd scraps of material.

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Christmas stories from the archives
Little girl from Tristan da Cunha to have a Yorkshire Christmas

Christmas stories from the archives Little girl from Tristan da Cunha to have a Yorkshire Christmas

A SMALL brown-haired girl with sparkling slate-blue eyes who has travelled 6,000 miles during the last few weeks, will wake up in a Sedbergh home o Christmas Day to find presents left her for the first time by father Christmas

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Christmas stories from the archives: Cupid’s Christmas 23rd December 1950

Christmas stories from the archives: Cupid’s Christmas 23rd December 1950

The first couple to be married at Leeds Register Office today arrived in darkness, before 8 a.m.

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The owner of the Ritz Ballroom at Brighouse . Joe Narey dancing with his wife Miriam in  December 1981.

Dance back in time

In the days before Strictly, the owner of the Ritz Ballroom at Brighouse, Joe Narey, dances with his wife Miriam.

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Children of the plague: Yorkshire experts uncover a terrible secret

IT WAS one of the richest monastic houses in Britain, but behind its enormous and ornate gatehouse, one of the largest in the land, lay a terrible secret.

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Cortonwood Colliery striking miners leave for the TUC conference in Brighton

Row flares on cost of coal: The week that was Nov 29 to Dec 5, 1984

AS the miners’ strike entered its 10th month, the National Coal Board described as “inaccurate” a report claiming that Cortonwood Colliery, one of the major Yorkshire pits earmarked for closure, could have been profitable.

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Oil painting on canvas, The North Front of Beningbrough Hall by John Joseph Bouttats

Nostalgia on Tuesday. Hall of History

One young man’s sobriety may have led to Beningbrough Hall’s 300th anniversary being marked this year.

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Angela Harding
 at the door of her garden studio in Wing , Rutland

R is for roadkill: A wildlife alphabet

Roadkill makes most of us squirm with horror, so it’s comforting to know that some of the animals and birds have served a higher purpose than feast for carrion.

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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.

Arts
On this day in Yorkshire 1935: Ghostly noises explained

On this day in Yorkshire 1935: Ghostly noises explained

Boy with a nervous reaction to sound

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Chris Wilson with his Harrier training jet, at Selby. Picture by Simon Hulme

For sale - my latest do-up: A Harrier Jump Jet

Chris Wilson has two rules for buying vintage planes. They must be fast. And they must be flashy. It’s something of an irony then that the restoration business he began 10 years ago is neither. The work can be painstakingly slow, locating authentic spare parts even slower and the hangars of Jet Art Aviation, tucked away a few miles from Selby, often resemble the scrap yard next door. Still, it’s an improvement on their original site on top of a hill overlooking Bradford which was something of a wind tunnel.

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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.

Analysis
Yorkshire blacksmith David Stephenson has been making replicas of Viking pots.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Viking-sized task of rescuing Jorvik from our 21st century weather

At his forge near Pickering, a blacksmith has spent weeks working out how to make various Viking kitchen items. Three hundred miles away in the west of Scotland, a pewter jewellery specialist is putting the finishing touches to a replica of an elaborate 10th century padlock. And in the Rochdale offices of Dale Air, the team have recently been perfecting the authentic smell of a Viking forest.

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On this day in Yorkshire 1953: Lorry hit pram but baby was unhurt

On this day in Yorkshire 1953: Lorry hit pram but baby was unhurt

From our Ossett correspondent

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Who wouldn't be happy with this as your back garden? Picture: Tanya St. Pierre/Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

It’s official: You’re more likely to feel happy if you live in Yorkshire

TO OUTSIDERS we may be bluff, plain speaking and uncompromising, but that, according to researchers, may be why Yorkshire people are so content to live here.

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YP Comment: A happy county of curmudgeons

YP Comment: A happy county of curmudgeons

IT will come as no surprise that people living in Yorkshire are amongst the happiest in the country.

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