Video project captures Yorkshire in a day

A SNAPSHOT of life in Yorkshire from dawn until dusk on the longest day of the year has been captured on camera by Yorkshire Post journalists and readers to mark the summer solstice.

From a Royal visit to fish and chips at the seaside, a day in the life of the region proves to be a rich and colourful tapestry in a video compiled from more than 100 clips filmed from across the length and breadth of the county.

The Longest Local Day project saw staff and readers of dozens of Johnston Press titles join in with the digital fun and record snippets of goings-on in their area as part of the newspaper group’s Summer of Love campaign.

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The #longestlocalday hashtag even trended on Twitter as word spread about the project on the social media site.

Highlights of the footage shot in Yorkshire include a visit by Princess Beatrice to open the Forget-Me-Not children’s hospice in Huddersfield and the Trinity Academy in Halifax.

Halifax Paralympic wheelchair racing champion Hannah Cockcroft also makes a cameo.

Children riding on Scarborough’s North Bay Railway, musicians busking in Dewsbury and day-trippers enjoying fish and chips in Whitby are among the more everyday scenes captured in the montage.

Summer solstice celebrations taking place elsewhere across the country included a gathering more than 20,000 people at Stonehenge ahead of a “historic moment” in the £27m transformation of the site.

The event was marked at the neolithic monument in Wiltshire in a “positive, friendly atmosphere” as they waited for the sun to come up, but cloudy skies prevented them from basking in a beautiful sunrise.

Superintendent Matt Pullen from Wiltshire Police said: “Solstice 2013 has been a great success with approximately 21,000 people celebrating in the positive, friendly atmosphere as they waited for sunrise. The weather held but unfortunately the cloud cover was too dense to see the sun come up.”

A section of the road running alongside the World Heritage Site will be permanently closed on Monday as part of a long-awaited refurbishment, which will include the creation of a new visitor centre with a cafe, shop and museum.

Loraine Knowles, Stonehenge director at English Heritage, said the closure of the road was “a real milestone in terms of the history of the site”.

“It really is a historic moment,” she added.