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Leeds City Region Plan To Maximise HS2 Impact
An ambitious plan to use HS2 as the spark to create thousands of jobs for the Leeds City Region has been launched. Around 300,000 jobs are expected to be created over the period covered by the Leeds City Region HS2 Growth Strategy including 41,000 from proposals set out in the plan, 5,000 from construction and a further 40,000 from the broader economic impact of HS2 which has the potential to add more than £54bn to the region’s economic output. The transformation of Leeds Station, the improvement of connections along major transport corridors across the Leeds City Region and the regeneration of key sites in Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, York and the Leeds South Bank are among the schemes which could be accelerated by HS2. The strategy sets out plans to make the Leeds City Region an international centre of excellence in light and high speed rail skills and support supply chain companies in rail, transport, construction and engineering. It highlights University of Leeds proposals to create a High Speed Rail
engineering centre of excellence and technology park. It includes the ambition to reach every pupil in the Leeds City Region to enthuse and excite the next generation of engineers, technicians and other professionals, attracting young people to the HS2 and transport infrastructure workforce in record numbers. HS2 is also expected to make the Leeds City Region a more attractive location for inward investment and generate a significant increase in tourism. The strategy makes the case for £20m to carry out further feasibility work and determine the total level of financial support required to implement the proposals which is likely to be significant. Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, West Yorkshire Combined Authority chair, said: "The strategy sets out the sheer scale of the opportunity HS2 presents for the whole region and the transformative impact it could have on its economic prospects. "It is vital that we ensure all our communities benefit. Work is therefore already underway to identify the improvements required along key transport corridors with a view to making sure all cities and towns are ready to connect to HS2 when it opens." HS2 Chairman Sir David Higgins said: “One of HS2’s key purposes is to give local regions the chance to think about how they can build on their own distinctive skills and expertise to make not only themselves, but the country as a whole more competitive and productive. Leeds City Region were amongst the first to recognise that unique opportunity and seize it with both hands, as this plan shows.” Cllr Keith Wakefield, West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee chair, said: “HS2 represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the Leeds City Region and this strategy is designed to ensure we maximise the benefits for all our communities. “The arrival of HS2 is about more than speeding up journeys and increasing rail capacity, important though
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Decision Made To Call In Carillion Bond Following Carillion going into liquidation, Leeds City Council have made a decision to implement a contingency measure put in place to deal with the company failing. The council’s approval for the competitive tender for the Leeds city centre cycle Superhighway City Connect 2, (phase 1) contract was awarded to Carillion Construction Limited on 3rd October 2017. The award of this contract was subject to receiving an ‘On Demand Bond’ from a major financial institution in the event of Carillion Construction Limited going into liquidation. Leeds City Council Chief Executive, Tom Riordan, said: “As part of the original contract for work on the Superhighway City Connect contract we made sure that public funds were protected by making it a condition that a bond was woven into the Carillion contract in the event of the contractor becoming insolvent. “Consequently we are in contact with the bank, HSBC, who provided the bond to confirm that Leeds City Council are calling-in the payment of the guarantee. “We are also contacting the Official Receiver to let them know that as Carillion Construction Ltd has had a winding up order made against it, Leeds City Council are terminating the contract with them. The council is arranging to use our own staff and sub-contractors to make the site safe and do any necessary work so the highway can be reopened.”
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A number of changes took place in 2017, with the airport announcing David Laws as its new Chief Executive Officer and AMP Capital acquiring the business. David Laws, Chief Executive at LBA, said:
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Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Development Programme will see the construction of 178 two, three and four-bedroom homes at Brooklands Avenue, 33 three and four–bedroom homes at York Road and 45 two and three-bedroom homes at Cartmell Drive, with the first properties due for completion this year. Meanwhile Kentmere Approach will see the delivery of 128 two, three and four-bedroom homes over the next 2 years and development at Bishops Way is due to commence shortly, which will provide a further 109 homes for the area.
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Keepmoat Homes and Strata Homes will be delivering 1,700 new houses in total over ten years, aimed at local residents - averaging 150 new homes per year. This includes the delivery of 700 new homes on land to the rear of Seacroft Hospital which is the largest single development site. The regeneration programme is not only crucial to addressing the housing crisis in Leeds and meeting government targets, but also forms a vital part of Leeds City Council’s plans for continuing momentum of the regeneration of the area. It is not only the housing offer that is set to increase across East Leeds, local jobs and training opportunities will also receive a boost thanks to the development plan. It is predicted that 900 new jobs will be created, as well as 100 apprenticeship opportunities.
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The Seagulls Mosaic project has also transformed several underpasses and run down garden areas into light, bright positive spaces that are valued by the community. Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive member with responsibility for environment and sustainability said: “We are very pleased to be entering into a new five year agreement to continue our partnership with Seagulls for paint re-use. This is a great example of where Leeds City Council is working together with third sector organisations to enable mutual objectives to be met. “Seagulls provide a unique service which addresses environmental priorities by re-using paint that would otherwise be disposed of. The work they do has significant social value through their employment practices, work with local communities and their provision of reduced cost paint and other products to low income residents across Leeds.” Cat Hyde, Project Manager at Seagulls “We are very proud of the enterprise we have grown from a kitchen table. We divert a vast amount of paint from landfill whilst working with people who are often on the margins of society. We work hard to establish Seagulls within our 3 core aims: Planet, people and profit. Over the years we have established a solid and ground breaking relationship with Leeds City Council to deliver a paint re-use scheme that benefits the whole city. Seagulls recently received the Social Enterprise of the Year award 2017 at the annual Social Enterprise Yorkshire & Humber (SEYH) Awards in recognition for being national leaders in what they do and demonstrating a track record of delivery, growth and innovation. They were also shortlisted for Environmental Social Enterprise of The Year UK.
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Police Road Safety Campaign Motors By 10,000 Student Milestone A hard hitting project to make roads safer has motored by a major milestone after reaching more than 10,000 teenagers.
in 2016 the number of overall causalities on the roads dropped by six per cent compared to the year before.
West Yorkshire Police’s One Life Lost campaign has been hailed for its impact after roads policing officers visited more than 50 schools and colleges to make them aware of the devastating consequences of dangerous driving.
There were also 34 fewer people killed or seriously injured on the region’s roads during the same period.
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Age Friendly Leeds has launched a new scheme to help make Leeds a great city to grow old in supported by Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adults at Leeds City Council. . Inspired by similar successful projects in Nottingham and Manchester, “Come In and Rest” encourages businesses to invite older people to pop in for a few minutes and sit down when they need to. Participating organisations will put a sticker in their window to signal that theirs is a premise where older people know they are welcome. Emily Axel, Age Friendly Officer for Time to Shine, said: “Looking at the spending power of older adults, you can see a great incentive for businesses to be age friendly.” According to a report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research, the over50s account for 47% of all consumer spending in the UK.
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“We can now say that there are now 10,000 young adults within West Yorkshire whose attitudes to road safety have been positively influenced and will no doubt contribute to improving road safety across the region and that is fantastic. “The feedback from the students themselves, their teachers, their parents and our partners has been excellent and I want to thank the schools and colleges involved for all their support. Inspector Farrar said he had been heartened to see that the numbers of people killed on the roads had fallen during the campaigns run in 2016, despite an increase in traffic levels. He added: “As roads policing officers we still see the devastating effects of fatal and serious collisions first hand all too often, I can’t stress enough how much it means to us personally to do what we can to prevent these incidents taking place and sparing more families the pain of losing a loved one in this way. “We are now taking repeated bookings from the post-16 educational establishments we have already visited and are re-attending annually in order to catch each new year group as they come through. “The young people we speak with are the ones who can make a difference by making our roads safer now and in the future and they are the ambassadors for what we are trying to achieve.”
■ Image left to right: Rhona Parry, VP, European Government Relations, Equifax; Hilary Benn, Member of Parliament for Leeds Central; John Garside, HR Director - Europe, Equifax and Simon Warrington, CIO - Europe, Equifax
Equifax, a global information solutions provider, welcomed Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds Central, to its Leeds office in Wellington Place recently. The visit was an opportunity for him to meet staff from across the Equifax team and learn more about the business, its growth plans, and investment in new technology. Leeds has risen to become one of the key centres for financial services in the UK and Mr Benn is an active supporter of the city’s businesses. Mr Benn was provided a tour around the office, opened in May 2016. The office accommodates 200 staff responsible for business analytics, insights and services for clients across the UK, as well as central functions such as IT, human resources and finance. Since opening the office, the business has recruited 78 new staff and plans to expand further in early 2018. Patricio Remon, President for Europe at Equifax Ltd., said: “Wellington Place is a fantastic location for our Leeds team and we’re very pleased to have welcomed Mr Benn to the office. Leeds is a major focus for our UK recruitment and expansion, demonstrated by the high level talent we’ve added to our workforce in recent months. As an ambassador for local
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Child Maintenance Clampdown – Will It Pay Off? RECOVERING UNPAID MONEY One of the ways the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) can recover money from a parent who has fallen into arrears with child maintenance payments is by taking money from their bank or building society account. However, money can only be recovered from an account held in that parent’s sole name, so joint accounts are effectively off-limits. This created a loop-hole so that a non-paying parent who only had a single joint account, for example with a new partner, could not have any money taken from that account towards the amounts due. Not for much longer though, as powers which will enable the CMS to recover money from joint accounts will be introduced early this year.
Now Is Your Time To Get #FirefighterFit! Applications will be open in March to join West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS), would-be recruits are being urged to get #FirefighterFit! Last year was the first time WYFRS had recruited new firefighters in more than eight years, making it highly competitive. More than 7,000 people applied to attend a taster session, with more than 6,000 registering an interest to become a firefighter. After passing a number of physical, resilience, team working and empathy tests, 24 new recruits embarked on their new career on 8 January this year. If you want to follow in their footsteps and serve the public of West Yorkshire, try it for yourself at one of their awareness sessions. Visit the WYFRS’s Eventbrite site to book a place now! Station Manager Laura Boocock, who is in charge of the recruits teams at WYFRS Headquarters, said: “Although we had an overwhelming response last year from people wanting to become a firefighter, it was quite striking how many people underestimated how tough the entry tests are. “We pride ourselves on being a first class, modern fire and rescue service and, quite simply, we want the best of the best. If you want to become a firefighter, you have to be prepared. I’d offer the following advice: • Get #FirefighterFit! This isn’t just a gimmick – it’s good advice. You must work not only on your fitness, but your strength and grip strength. Follow our Instagram fitness vlog for practical advice (@wyfrs) and visit our website (www.joinwyfirefighters.com). You can also contact your local fire station and ask for advice. • You will need mental strength. I have noticed that many people who play sports excel at this, because they have the mental resilience to push themselves in incredibly challenging situations. Those who play team sports are often great candidates, as they know how to work as a team. • Register for one of our taster sessions. It will give you a valuable insight into what to expect during tests and you can quiz the firefighters and instructors on what areas you need to work on.” Laura added: “I would also urge women and people from black
and minority ethnic backgrounds to have a go! It’s unfortunate that many people see firefighters as the stereotypical macho man, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The modern fire and rescue service works on a team ethos and we value all skills, abilities, shapes, sizes and strengths. You could be extremely valuable to us and enjoy a wonderful career.” Chief Fire Officer John Roberts said: “This is an incredible opportunity to join our family and make a real difference. As a firefighter, you will deal with all manner of incidents, from fires to floods and rescues from height to Road Traffic Collisions. You will also spend a great deal of time in the community, giving safety advice to the most vulnerable people to keep them safe and well. If you are thinking of applying, don’t waste the opportunity – make sure you are prepared and book onto one of our awareness days.” Councillor Judith Hughes, Chair of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “I hope this year we can inspire more women to apply for what is an extremely rewarding and fulfilling career. “All our firefighters are ordinary people who do an extraordinary job. There are many opportunities to specialise and to rise up the ranks if you are successful. Start preparing now if you want to apply!” For the most up-to-date information about applying, visit www.joinwyfirefighters.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/WYFRS) or Twitter @WYFRS. You can also keep track of events in your area by following our district accounts: @WYFRSLeedsTeam @WYFRSCaldTeam @WYFRSKirkTeam @WYFRSBfdTeam @WYFRSWkfdTeam CM Laura Smith, who is co-ordinating recruitment activities, can also be contacted via Twitter at @WYFRSLauraS Good luck!
The government says that only a small minority of parents hold money jointly with a partner in order to avoid paying their child maintenance but predict that a figure of £390,000 could be recovered by collecting money from joint accounts. This is good news for the c.1.2 million parents who are owed maintenance from their ex partners. On the other hand, this news may cause concern for many who hold joint bank accounts with partners who are in arrears with their child maintenance payments as it means that their money is potential now at risk of being taken to pay that debt. This could potentially cause some strain on relationships with new partners.
SAFEGUARDS The government says that safeguards will be implemented to alleviate some concerns. The CMS will only be able to deduct from joint accounts when the owing person doesn’t have a bank account in their sole name or, where there isn’t enough money in their own account. Data and bank statements from the joint bank account will be examined prior to any deductions being made to try and establish what money belongs to the owing parent. Both account holders will be able to make their case before any deductions are made. These safeguards may be difficult to implement, as the nature of joint accounts means that the money in them is the joint property of both account holders. Only time will tell as to how this new government clampdown will work in practice. Blacks Solicitors LLP provide a wide range of legal services to personal and business clients. Should you have any Family Law queries, please contact; Paul Lancaster at Blacks Solicitors on Tel; 0113 227 92 15 or Email; PLancaster@LawBlacks.com
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West Yorkshire’s businesses are taking advantage of funding via CityConnect’s Bike Friendly Business scheme to provide much improved cycle parking for their staff and visitors. The first two businesses to have parking installed are Jacobs, in central Leeds, and Barnardo’s in Horsforth. There are more installations planned in the coming months.
24 students from across Leeds have been awarded the prestigious Leeds Rotary Young Citizen Award, at a special event at Leeds Civic Hall attended by the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Jane Dowson. Leeds Rotary Young Citizen Awards is an annual award ceremony which celebrates the achievements of young people who have helped others within their schools, family or the local community. The awards is sponsored each year by Paul Gross of Chef Works Ltd. Recipients are chosen following nominations by school staff who feel that the students have shown exceptional citizenship and community service. Students were awarded with a certificate. They were also rewarded with a book, chosen by themselves prior
to the ceremony and presented with them by the Lord Mayor of Leeds. Students awarded were; Jahdeya, 17, Emmie, 13, Bradley, 13, Kelly, 13 and Maral, 18, Leeds West Academy. Declan and George both 16, Royds School. Nathan, 16, Ethan, 16, Horsforth School. Kyle, 16, Garforth Academy. Harry, 17, Allerton High School. Charlie, 14, Ashleigh, 15, Leeds East Academy. Denise,17, Imani, 16, and Phebe, 16, Abbey Grange Academy. Danny, 14, Temple Moor High School. Charlotte, 16 and Caitlin, 18, St Joseph’s Youth Support. Elliott,16, Leeds City College. Hannah and Leena, Gateways School. Ione, 18 and Faique, 18, Coop Priesthorpe Academy.
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I’m looking forward to seeing more of these installations taking place at organisations across our region and even more excited about seeing them full of bikes.” Lucy Brooksbank, Jacobs’ Leeds head of operations, said: “We required additional bike facilities to be able to accommodate the increasing numbers of our employees choosing to commute to and from our Leeds office by bike. “The CityConnect grant funded new high-quality bike parking to increase our bike storage capacity, and a dehumidifier for our clothes storage area to allow clothes to dry out in wet weather. “The new facilities help us achieve additional, broader benefits of reducing carbon emissions and enhancing employee wellbeing through physical exercise. It is also great to see that our previous bike racks have gone to a good home and will help to promote cycling in Bradford.”
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FEBRUARY 2018 “This year we’ve had some new and exciting additions to the wonderful programme of activities on Millennium Square and I hope even more people will be able to come along and have some fun at Ice Cube.” Ant Arthur, one half of Radio Aire’s breakfast show Caroline and Ant in the Morning, said: “Radio Aire has been broadcasting to Leeds for 35 years and only by having great partners like Leeds City Council can we continue to be the only station dedicated to everything Leeds has to offer.
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“We are so proud to be part of the event and have come up with loads of competitions to get you in plus some very special Friday parties.”
■ Ice Cube on Millennium Square. Image © Sarah Zagni
Organised by Leeds City Council with support from new event media partners Radio Aire, who will be providing the official soundtrack to this year’s event courtesy of Ice Cube Radio together with weekly special events, presenter appearances and on-air competitions, Ice Cube is now in its 18th year and will be open daily until Sunday 25 February 2018. The Ice Cube will also be hosting a wide range of winter themed family rides and attractions including the new Radio Aire Snowslide, the North Pole Starflyer, the adrenalin fuelled Ice Jet plus a selection of other family rides for children of all ages. Tasty treats and hot and cold snacks will also be available for all visitors in the events new Igloo Café by Catering Yorkshire.
■ The North Star Flyer at Ice Cube. Image © Sarah Zagni
A special ‘first steps to skating’ tuition programme for Leeds schools children will once again be available during term time for schools to book and a weekly dedicated accessible session is also available every Thursday morning for wheelchair users and the disabled. Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “It’s great to see the Ice Cube back on Millennium Square and to see children and families once again enjoying such a unique attraction right at the heart of the city centre.
■ Ice Cube on Millennium Square. Image © Sarah Zagni
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Knit A Chick
St. Gemma's are appealing for knitters to knit cute little chicks to sell at Easter time stuffed with a donated crème egg for £1 each. Last year they had a lovely variety of colours, some had cute little bobble hats, scarves, and some had wings! The Knitted Chick campaign raised an incredible £5475.68, so they need help again with knitting chicks! Each knitted chick you create will be sold in local shops and schools, with a chocolate egg inside of it. They will be approaching local businesses for donations of chocolate eggs so please don’t worry about buying them yourself. Once you’ve knitted your chicks, you can drop them off at the Hospice Reception which is open between 8am and 9pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 8pm at weekends. The Hospice Reception is at: 329 Harrogate Road, Moortown, Leeds, LS17 6QD. Please drop them off by the end of February to provide enough time for them to stuff and sell the chicks before Easter. They will then have a day of ‘stuffing’ when anybody who can volunteer their time will go to the Hospice to put the eggs inside the chicks and do a final stitch to hold them in place. All of the money raised from the sale of these items will go towards patient care; ensuring local people with life limiting illnesses receive the best quality medical and emotional support. All of their services are free to access, but they are not free to provide. Every knitted chick they can sell really will add up to ensure they can continue caring for local people. It costs just £2 to provide an information pack, full of practical advice for patients and carers, and £50 would pay for a group support session for a child experiencing a loved one’s death.
KNIT A CHICK PATTERN Next row: Cast off 14 stitches, knit to end.
Next row: Cast off 14 stitches, knit to end.
• No. 10 needles
Now 14 stitches remain to form the head.
• D K wool
Knit 9 rows on these stitches in stocking stitch for the head then cut wool and thread through all stitches and gather together leaving enough wool to sew up down the back of the head, along its back and down to cast on edge. Stuff head cavity firmly. Use black wool for eyes, strips of red felt for beak and accentuate neck with ribbon trim etc.
• Red felt for beak • Black wool for eyes • Stuffing for head • Ribbon/bow to decorate
INSTRUCTIONS: Cast on 28 stitches, knit into back of 1st row of stitches, knit one row. Continue in stocking stitch increasing at each end of alternate rows until 42 stitches.
Comb and tail trim: Make graduated loops (starting with small ones) in wool in colour and style of your choice.
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Tour de Yorkshire Artist Confirmed
Welcome to Yorkshire has confirmed Lucy Pittaway will be the race’s official artist for a third successive year.
Lucy beat off stiff competition to be awarded the title in 2016 and the partnership has flourished in the time since then. Her first commission ‘Hills, Dales and Woolly Tails’ proved hugely popular with cycling fans and art aficionados alike, and the ‘Pedals, Passion and Glory’ piece in 2017 was also a significant success.
The show, hosted by Rob Walker, British sports commentator, television presenter and freeelance reporter, who has covered sports including tennis, snooker, darts, boxing, football, sailing and athletics for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Setanta Sports and the IAAF is free of charge and provides an opportunity for businesses across the county to discover what’s new, big and happening in Yorkshire to attract visitors and tourists over the coming year.
If You’re Looking Forward To The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire There’s Plenty Of Ways To Get Involved
Roadshows are currently being held across the county which provide information on how to make the most of the race. Dates are being added all the time and details on how to register can be found at; www.letouryorkshire.com/information/roadshows
Between now and then, Welcome to Yorkshire and Lucy will unveil a series of teasers on social media before the final designs are revealed in their entirety. The prints will be created in Lucy’s signature style which involves blending soft pastels onto board by hand to create vibrant pictures which celebrate cycling and pay tribute to Yorkshire’s countryside and industrial townscapes. Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with Lucy again and continuing our partnership. Her creations are always a joy to behold – bright, colourful and full of life – and we’re in for a real treat this year with no-less than five specialist pieces being produced. “The countdown to the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire is very much on now and we’re all working tirelessly to ensure the fourth edition on 3-6 May will be the biggest and best one yet.”
■ Lucy Pittaway
New for 2018 – instead of creating just one official print – Lucy will be producing a series of five bespoke Tour de Yorkshire pieces which will be exclusively unveiled at Welcome to Yorkshire’s flagship Y18 event at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre on Wednesday 21 March.
Lucy Pittaway said: “I am thrilled to be asked to be the official artist for the Tour de Yorkshire for a third successive year. With my home town of Richmond being an official start, it makes this year even more special. Welcome to Yorkshire are so supportive and a great team to work alongside, and the challenge for me is even greater than in previous years as I will be painting a collection of five official pieces this year! I hope to create something that will be seen as a unique memento of an incredible race and spectacle in our region, and I am once again incredibly proud to be a little part of the event”. For more information on Lucy Pittaway’s work and wider collections, go to www.lucypittaway.co.uk
www.letouryorkshire.com/maserati-tour-de-yorkshire-ride Welcome to Yorkshire are also on the lookout for volunteer Tour Makers. These are a passionate and reliable team who will provide a warm welcome to the millions of fans who descend on the county during the four days of action. Being a Tour Maker offers a fantastic opportunity to be part of the race and more information on how to become one can be found at; www.letouryorkshire.com/tour-makers And last but not least, if you’d like to attend the Y18 event on Wednesday 21 March, you can register now at; www.industry.yorkshire.com/marketing/y18
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Antiques With Gary Don Dear Gary, My daughter has moved into an old house and wants a valuation on the attached light fitting
Hello Gary Could this vase be of value. I understand it was bought in Italy quite some time ago by my late auntie.
Hi Gary, We were left these on the passing of a relative and was wondering if they are worth anything. Have looked on the Laurel and Hardy web site but can't find anything like them. Thank you in advance. I would not normally answer this with so little information. I thought on this occasion I would talk you through my thoughts. Laurel and Hardy have been associated many times with tyres from posters to china items. It is impossible to tell from the image what these are made of. My first thought is that they may be an advertising item. If so that would make them more valuable, but I cannot see any writing on them. As a
novelty item it depends who has made them. An indication of this would be on the back of them. These could worth anything from a few pounds to a couple of hundred pounds. Pop them down to our auction room on York Road and I will have a look at them myself as I am quite intrigued to examine them. Hi Gary
Dear Gary I'm attaching photos of two plaques that belonged to my great-grandmother. There are no marks on the backs, but I believe they may be Sunderland lustreware. I'd be interested to know more about them, and their value.
We have these two chaps in the cupboard under the stairs could you give us an idea if they might be worth anything please. Thanks Ian
Thanks very much. Hilary Denham
Dear John, The figure on your daughter’s light fitting is known as a Puti, a Biblical male cherub figure often used in artwork in Italy. Examples of the puti in decorative items can be found from early times up to present day. From your image, your light fitting is probably a reproduction one. The screws are modern and there appears to be modern solder where the lamp connects. These may have been done at a later date, so we would need to see it to determine its age. If the puti is an old one, it will probably be made of bronze. You can tell if it is bronze or spelter by finding an area where it may be scratched. If it shows a golden colour, it could be bronze and if it shows silver, it could be spelter. If reproduction, it would sell for under £100.
Thank you for your email. Your vase is Capo di Monte style pottery from Italy and was popular in the 1960’s and 70’s. Sadly they are out of fashion now and not worth a great deal. It is an item to put away for the future and hope for a revival in Italian pottery.
Dear Ian, Many companies make this type of novelty items and there are plenty on the market today. They come in lots of different shapes, sizes and animals. They cost around £100 – 150 each new. They are certainly conversational pieces in a home!
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Dear Hilary, You are correct in that these are Victorian Sunderland lustre pottery religious plaques. Many examples of these wall plaques and other items were made with religious sayings. In the 1960’s and 70’s these became popular again when visiting American antique dealers would buy them. Many of these are hung proudly in homes and churches in the Bible Belts of the USA. There are many on sale on the internet priced between £50 – 100, but by virtue of their abundance they are proving difficult to sell nowadays.
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Give Something Special This Valentines Day
Valentine’s Day is one of the most romantic days of the year and a time to show appreciation and affection for the one you love. If you’re thinking to move away from the traditional flowers and chocolates this year, or want to add something special into the mix, we have a stunning range of jewellery that she’ll absolutely adore!
Giving a special piece of jewellery is exciting, but be careful when it comes to a ring. Surprising her with a ring box on Valentine’s day might easily be mistaken for an engagement ring – so if you’re not planning to propose then there is a range of other beautiful pieces to choose from. If you are already engaged or married then why not buy her an eternity or beautiful dress ring, An eternity ring shows lasting affection and never ending love signified with an unbroken circle or half circle of matching gems.
A dress ring is a pretty gem set ring that can be worn on any occasion and most often on the opposite hand to the engagement ring. They needn’t be expensive but are often so appreciated and beautiful to admire.
Is Your Bank Overdraft Beginning To Groan After The Big Spend At Christmas?
Our debts begin to reach their highest levels and the pressure to book somewhere hot to escape the wet and the cold is mounting beyond breaking point. How do you afford all this or find the money to pay the household bills that arrive like a regimented army on your doorstep?
Necklaces are an excellent choice for almost any Valentine’s Day situation. If she’s long overdue for a really special Valentine’s Day gift, go all out with a stunning diamond pendant. A true classic available in a choice of carat weights and styles, the traditionalist in her will love it, and she’ll be able to wear it with any outfit at any time. Earrings are a wonderful gift and can be diamond set or simple gold creoles or studs. Always appreciated, a girl can’t have enough earrings and she will love the thought you have put into them. Finally if you really love her how about a luxury watch. What better than to give the love of your life a symbol of lasting quality and perfection such as a ROLEX, CARTIER, TAG or OMEGA. It takes a special man to make that investment and it will show how timeless your love is for each other!
DON’T FORGET THE MEN! Love is a two way street and he needs to be shown that he is appreciated too. Most men love watches. Whether you buy an everyday watch, smart dress / work watch or even splash out on a Rolex for him too, you will always make a man happy when you give him something practical he can play with. If your man is a lover of gold then now is the time to buy some men’s jewellery and buy him some pre-owned gold that shows the test of time and will give you both a lot more for your money. Men’s chains, bracelets and rings will all be appreciated and will show him you really care as it's unlikely he will ever take them off. Whatever you wish for this Valentine’s Day – whether it's a dazzling diamond to say ‘I do’ or a simple piece of jewellery to prove you still care, get it from Brown & Gold in Seacroft or Batley or Christopher Brown Jewellers in York, Shipley or Pontefract and you will know you have smiles all round on February 14th.
You can use your gold, diamonds or watches to borrow money and prioritise the important bills or pay the holiday deposit and manage your finances your own way. That’s the beauty of a pawnbroking loan. You secure the loan against your own assets so you can’t borrow more than you can afford. You choose how much you want to pay back and when you want to pay it, over the course of the loan, so as long as you have paid back the interest and original loan value by the end of the 7 months, then you get to redeem your goods. If you can’t afford the whole lot by the end of the term you can just pay the interest and extend the loan for a further 7 months. If you can’t afford any repayments then you leave the goods behind and the debt is settled without any further repercussions – it really is that simple! Visit our shops in Seacorft, Shipley, Batley York and Pontefract to find out more or visit our website for your nearest branch www.brownandgold.co.uk
Great Love Stories −−− BY LINZI DAVIES −−−
February is the month when love is in the air. You cannot avoid all the hearts and teddy bears, chocolates and flowers on sale for loved up couples to show their undying love for each other on Valentines Day. Restaurants are booked up for candlelit dinners, and there are proposals of marriage. There is nothing like a love story to capture the heart and our feature looks at some of the greatest romances in history – two Royals for whom love was everything. Victoria was so heartbroken by the loss of Albert that she spent the rest of her life in mourning, and for Edward VIII, the crown was no match for his love of Wallis Simpson. We also look at some stars of the silver screen who captured the hearts of courting couples in the cinemas. They show us how sometimes, chemistry cannot be ignored but ‘true love never runs smoothly’ for some, while for others love really did conquer all! To finish off our romantic feature, some of our readers share their love stories.
Queen Victoria And Prince Albert
at Windsor and that your image fills my whole soul. Even in my dreams I never imagined that I should find so much love on earth. How that moment shines for me when I was close to you, with your hand in mine. Those days flew by so quickly, but our separation will fly equally so. Heaven has sent me an angel whose brightness shall illumine my life. Body and soul ever your slave, Albert.” These letters and diary entries reveal a passion between the two that we would never imagine could exist in the stuffy and prudish Victorian era. The pair married on 7th February 1840 at St James’s Palace and they spent the night at Windsor Castle. This passion did not wane throughout their marriage either. They had nine children together, and it has been said that their strong and overwhelming love for each other meant that they had little affection for their children – they were simply too obsessed with each other to have much space in their hearts for anyone else. They were strict with their offspring and had very high expectations of them. There were rows over the years of course. Victoria suffered postnatal depression which put a strain on the marriage, as did her bad temper and rages. Albert was said to be domineering when it came to advising her on matters of state. At the age of just 42, Albert died on the 14th December 1861 from stomach problems and suspected typhoid. Victoria was never the same again. Victorian society and propriety meant a woman had to be in mourning for two years, but the Queen remained in mourning for the rest of her days. In the first three months following his death, she contemplated suicide. A year later she summed up their relationship in a letter to her eldest daughter Vicky which said “My dearest child, Truly the Prince was my entire self, my very life and soul. I only lived through him. My heavenly angel. Surely there can never have been such a union, such trust and understanding between two people. I try to feel and think I am living on with him and that his pure and perfect spirit is leading and inspiring me. There is no one left to hold me in their arms and press me to their heart. Oh! How I admired Papa! How in love I was with him! How everything about him was beautiful and precious in my eyes. Oh! How I miss all, all! Oh! Oh! The bitterness.”
King Edward VIII And Mrs Simpson
■ Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson on their Mediterranean holiday, 1936
Everyone has heard the story of the King who abdicated in the name of love. Edward became King in 1936 following the death of his father George V, but he showed impatience and disregard for court protocol and constitutional convention. Ascending the throne on 20th January 1936, his reign was to last less than 12 months, as he chose to follow his heart, picking love over duty. By the time he came to the throne, Edward had a reputation as a womaniser who had embarked on affairs with married women. His father George V was disappointed in him and had said “After I am dead, the boy will ruin himself in twelve months.” How true that would become! Edward met Wallis Simpson through another of his married lovers – Lady Furness, and it is thought that they became lovers whilst Lady Furness travelled abroad. Wallis Simpson had divorced her first husband Win Spencer in 1927, and at the time of meeting Edward was married to second husband Ernest Simpson, a British-American businessman. Upon becoming King, he was still very much in a relationship with Wallis Simpson, and they cruised the Mediterranean in August and September of that year. By October, it was clear to everyone around Edward that he intended to marry her, especially when she began divorce proceedings against her husband. In November 1936, Edward informed the Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin that he wished to marry Wallis when her divorce was finalised. It was the opinion of Baldwin that the British subjects would not morally accept the marriage because the Church of England opposed remarriage after divorce if the previous spouse was still alive. As such, the people would not accept Wallis as queen, and as the head of the church, Edward was expected to support their teachings. Eventually he was given three choices by Baldwin – do not marry Wallis Simpson, marry against the wishes of his ministers, or abdicate. Knowing that he would cause the government to resign if he married against their wishes, he chose abdication rather than give up the woman he loved. He signed the papers on the 10th December and announced his decision in a worldwide radio broadcast saying, “I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love.” He departed for Austria the following day.
■ Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on their wedding day
The love between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert is well known. Despite the constrictions of Victorian society, the Queen never shied away from revealing her feelings to her private journal, and in letters to family members. The pair, first cousins, were introduced by their Uncle, King Leopold I of Belgium when they were teenagers, and got on well. Three years later they met again. By now, Victoria was queen, and Albert was a strapping 20yr old man. Immediately smitten, she wrote in her journal on the evening he arrived in 1839 “It was with some emotion that I beheld Albert, who is beautiful. He really is quite charming, and so excessively handsome, such beautiful blue eyes, an exquisite nose, and such a pretty mouth…. My heart is quite going!” Just four days later, she proposed to him as was Royal protocol at the time. Albert had to return home to Saxe-Coburg to organise his affairs before he relocated to England, which meant the pair were apart for three months. They obviously hated being apart, and Albert wrote her a letter which said “Dearest, deeply loved Victoria, I need not tell you that since we left, all my thoughts have been with you
The couple married in a private ceremony in France on 3rd June 1937 where the new king George VI forbade any members of the royal family to attend. The new Duchess of Windsor was also denied the title of Royal Highness and the government refused to include the Duke and Duchess on the Civil List meaning that his allowance had to be paid directly by George VI.
■ Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, 1854
This famous love affair has been depicted recently in the highly successful television drama series Victoria, which shows the passion and strength of feelings the two of them had for each other.
Edward’s decision to abdicate was justified however, as the couple remained together for the rest of their lives, living a blissful life together largely in France until the Duke’s death in 1972. His love for his wife was so great, that even being king was no match for his feelings. The Duchess died 14 years after him and is buried alongside her third husband in the Royal burial ground.
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Clark Gable And Carole Lombard
everything he wants.” However, after trying for a baby for quite some time before suffering a miscarriage, it became obvious that their deep love would not be completed with children. By 1941 Carole was at the peak of her Hollywood fame, renowned for her beauty, comedy and fairy tale romance with Clark. Sadly, this happiness was not to last, and their world would be turned upside down. The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour and plunged the USA into WWII. Hollywood stars needed to help the war effort and Carole, among many others took to travelling around the country to sell War Bonds. On 12th January 1942 she travelled by train to her home state of Indiana, and working tirelessly, accompanied by her mother and Otto Winkler she managed to raise over $2million in defence bonds in mere days. This trip of four days was the longest she had ever spent away from Clark, and eager to return home to him she could not bear the thought of the long train journey back, so booked a flight instead. Her mother and Otto were terrified of flying and had tried to insist on the train, but Carole had won the debate with a coin toss.
■ Clark Gable and Carole Lombard after their honeymoon, 1939
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were one of the most celebrated couples in Hollywood, the envy of other couples around the globe until tragedy tore them apart too soon. They met properly in 1932 when they were both starring in the racy movie No Man Of Her Own. Despite playing a married couple, with plenty of sexy scenes, the pair were completely professional, seeing each other as nothing more than cordial work colleagues who greeted each other amiably. At this time, Carole was married to William Powell, and Clark in an unhappy marriage to Ria Langham. Carole Lombard was known for her sense of humour, starring in the screwball comedies, whilst Clark Gable seemed to be a much more serious character. Once filming wrapped, they exchanged gifts as a token of appreciation – simply a case of ‘thank you for being a pleasure to work with.’ Gable gave her a pair of ballerina slippers labelled ‘to a true primadonna’ and showing her silly side, Lombard presented him with a large ham adorned with his photo! The pair went their separate ways until their next meeting.
Clark had also been missing his beautiful wife, and as was their tradition, had been busy preparing practical jokes and gifts for her return. He couldn’t wait to see her again, desperate to have her home. Tragically, she never arrived as the plane crashed into Potosi Mountain killing all 22 passengers instantly. At the age of just 33, Carole Lombard was gone, and Clark Gable was bereft. Friends of his commented that part of his soul had been ripped out. The light in his eyes went out and he was never the same again. He enlisted, not caring if he lived or died. He said “I’m going to enlist in the Air Corps but not until I get my head together and sort things out. I don’t expect to come back and I don’t want to come back.” Although he married a further two times, he could not replace his beloved Carole, saying of the relationship “It was a perfect thing. I never expect to find it again.” He was finally reunited with the love of his life in 1960, when he passed away and was buried alongside her.
In 1939 Clark Gable began working on Gone With The Wind, the classic love story still captivating viewers today. During this time, Ria finally filed divorce proceedings, meaning Clark and Carole could begin to plan their future together. They purchased a 20-acre horse ranch in Encino – a dream home for the love birds who enjoyed nature and the outdoors. Their future was cemented when they finally married on 29th March 1939 in a very private ceremony – Clark’s close friend Otto Winkler was best man, while two strangers stood as witnesses. The newlyweds spent blissful time together establishing their new ranch with horses, chickens and kennels. To Carole, it was highly important to be a good wife to Clark, and she considered retiring from her acting career to be at home full time and take care of the man she loved. She said “I don’t give a damn about me. I want to take care of my pappy; give him
The film was a huge hit, in large part thanks to the real chemistry between the two on screen. They were placed opposite each other again for the film The Big Sleep, and just weeks into the filming, Humphrey Bogart asked his wife for a divorce. On 21st May 1945, Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart married in a small ceremony, and they remained united for the rest of Bogart’s life, having two children together. The age gap did cause some problems, Bogart liked sailing and drinking, whilst Bacall being much younger still wanted to enjoy the nightlife that Hollywood had to offer. Bogart also continued his affair with hairdresser Verita Peterson which he had begun whilst still married to his previous wife. Bacall herself had a dalliance with Frank Sinatra. However, they remained a united front and cared deeply for each other to the end of their days. Humphrey Bogart died in 1957 from oesophageal cancer and Bacall eventually remarried. Bogart was a tough act to follow though and before her death at the age of 89 she had said of their union “No one has ever written a romance better than we lived it.”
Elizabeth Taylor And Richard Burton
Humphrey Bogart And Lauren Bacall
■ Taylor as Cleopatra with Richard Burton as Mark Anthony in Cleopatra (1963)
Fate intervened several years later when Clark attended the White Mayfair Ball which Carole had organised. By this time, Clark had separated from Ria Langham and was enjoying being a bachelor, and Carole was divorced. He caught sight of her across the room, wearing a clingy white silk gown, and could not take his eyes off her. They spent the evening dancing and he suggested they leave early and go back to his hotel. Carole laughed and said, “Who do you think you are, Clark Gable?” The next morning, he awoke to the sound of birds and discovered that she had convinced a hotel worker to put a pair of doves in his room with a note which read “How about it? Carole.” They became inseparable. The pair were obviously deeply in love, describing their relationship as magical. However, Clark was still officially married and would remain so for quite some time. He loved Carole’s witty, joker personality, combined with her deeper vulnerable side. Despite him being the ‘King of Hollywood’ and a universal sex symbol, she treated him as just a man, and enjoyed playing practical jokes on him. He said of her “You can trust that little screwball with your life or your hopes or your weaknesses, and she wouldn’t even know how to think about letting you down. She’s more fun than anybody, but she’ll take a poke at you if you have it coming and make you like it. If that adds up to love, then I love her.”
Another love match that happened on a film set was that of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Ironically, they met on the set of Cleopatra – a love story itself between the Egyptian Queen and Roman General Mark Antony. From the very beginning, in the early 60’s, the couple captivated millions of fans with their turbulent on-off relationship, sharing a love that was deep, yet as destructive as it was beautiful.
■ Bacall and Bogart in The Big Sleep (1946)
At first glance, a relationship between Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall would, to the cynics, be a disaster. A 40 something well-established actor already on his third marriage, embarking upon an affair with a naïve 19yr old new comer would surely be a flash in the pan, just a physical attraction which would soon burn out. However, the cynics were wrong. By 1944 Bogart was already a household name, mainly thanks to the film Casablanca. She had adorned the cover of Esquire magazine after being spotted whilst working as a theatre usher. Film director Howard Hawks was making the film To Have and Have Not, with Bogart in the leading role. He liked the girl on the cover of Esquire, who his wife had seen previously and flew her in for a screen test. She got the job. On the first day of filming, Lauren was nervous, visibly shaking on camera. Bogart, wanting to help the inexperienced girl told her silly jokes to get her to relax, and they became friends. The relationship blossomed much to the disapproval of Hawks, who tried to convince Lauren that Bogart was just playing with her affections. He was wrong though; Humphrey Bogart had fallen in love with a girl 25yrs his junior. In one love letter he wrote “I never believed that I could love anyone again…. you are my last love and all the rest of my life I shall love you and watch you and be ready to help you.”
When they met on set, both were already married – Taylor to her fourth husband. The on-screen chemistry was electric between them and the paparazzi were constantly hunting them down to get the latest pictures of the couple in their scandalous relationship. By 1963 they were completely smitten with each other and were seeking divorce from their respective spouses. On 15th March 1964 they married at the Ritz-Carlton in Montreal, just days after Elizabeth Taylor’s divorce was finalised. This was referred to as the ‘marriage of the century’ although they would go on to divorce, remarry and divorce once more. Deeply in love, but with Elizabeth being said to throw tantrums, and Richard battling alcoholism, the relationship was filled with drama. They made 11 films together but could have made one based on their own marriage. In 1974 the couple divorced for the first time as they were constantly butting heads, and Burton had an affair with a co-star. Despite having other relationships during the split, they couldn’t stay away from each other and ended up crying in each other’s arms. They announced to the world they were in love again and remarried secretly in October 1975. Taylor wrote to her husband saying “Dearest Hubs, How about that! You really are my husband again, and I have news for thee, there bloody will be no more marriages – or divorces either. Yours truly, Wife.” Sadly, less than a year after their second wedding they split again - they fought so much they were simply unable to live together. They remained close friends though until his death from a brain haemorrhage in 1984. Days before his death he wrote a final letter to Liz. She wanted to keep the letter private and never revealed its contents, but claimed he wanted to give the relationship another go. She said “From those first moments in Rome we were always madly and powerfully in love. We had more time but not enough.”
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Gillian And Terry Davies
I remember our first kiss at your garden gate, I remember we played bowls in the park I remember we cuddled and kissed in the pictures in the dark, I remember I bought you an engagement ring I remember it being the most wonderful thing, I remember our wedding day I remember it was cloudy, wintry and grey, I remember our first little house I remember the scratching in the cupboard of a little mouse, 2018 will see the couple celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary! They met in the summer of 1957, when Gill was aged just 17 and Terry age 20. They have friends to thank for their happy lives together as they were set up on a blind date by married work colleagues! Having arranged to meet in a shop doorway on Briggate, the date was a huge success as they got on instantly and couldn’t stop talking. They clearly knew they had met ‘the one’ early on, as by Christmas the same year they became engaged, and married a year later in December 1958. Gill says “We had three children together in three years which was hard work, but we were a good team. I managed the practical side of life making sure the family were fed and clothed, Terry was a great provider and father, always keeping the children entertained.
Roy left the Army in 1993 and they have lived in Rothwell ever since. Sheila says, “Our relationship works because we have been fully committed to each other from the start. We are best friends and have the same sense of humour. We bounce off each other. We have had our ups and downs along the way but we have always worked things out. We support each other through thick and thin and we work as a team. Roy makes me laugh all the time and is my rock when I am troubled or sad. He is also a brilliant Dad to our two girls, Louise and Karen, father in law to Rich and soon to be, Toby, and granddad to Hannah and Owen.” Roy adds, “Sheila and I have worked hard at our relationship with each other. During my Army days we had a lot of separation due to courses, exercises and operations abroad, Sheila was left for long periods on her own. We missed each other so much but when we were together again it was like starting our relationship again and it kept it fresh. Like Sheila says, we are not only a couple but best friends and soul mates. We laugh so much and take the micky out of each other and have some brilliant friends, two fantastic daughters along with their partners and wonderful grandchildren.”
To Gill I remember we met on a blind date
Sheila And Roy Scholey
The two met when Roy moved in next door but one to Sheila. He joined the Army in January 1971 and Sheila was still at school. They started going out together in 1973 aged 17 and 19, and got engaged when Sheila was 19 and a Police Woman working in Leeds. They married 42 years ago in 1975.
“We grew up together really, and have stuck together through thick and thin, having to deal with a lot of ill health. We have always been great friends which I think has helped our love for each other endure. “The best parts of our lives together has been the wonderful holidays and cruises we have shared. The best bit by far though has been having grandchildren and watching them grow up.” Whilst looking through their wedding photos to send us, Gill also came across this poem which Terry wrote for her around 21 years ago. She didn’t even know it existed, and it was such a lovely surprise for her we just had to print it!
Gail And Gary Bew Gail and Gary have been together for 31 years after what started as a holiday romance! They met near Venice, Italy in 1985 when they were both 22 years old. Meeting at the welcome meeting right at the start, they just clicked and spent the rest of the holiday together! Gail left the day before Gary and they exchanged telephone numbers. She remembers “There were no mobiles back then of course, so he arranged to ring me at 6pm the following day when he got home – and he did, on the dot! Gary is from Nottingham, so we only saw each other at weekends which was quite hard sometimes. We got engaged the following February on Valentine’s Day, and married on 25th October 1986 at Garforth St Mary’s Church. “We bought our first house in Loughborough, Leicestershire so it was a big move for me! We also lived in Yorkshire for a while but decided to move back to Nottingham where we live now. We have 2 sons, one born in Nottingham and one in Yorkshire who we are immensely proud of! We have had our ups and downs like everyone does but it's all about give and take, you need time for yourself and having friends to spend time with, but also making time for each other. I think we have the balance right, and we still get on really well.”
I remember our three children being born I remember going to the pit early in the morn, I remember nursing our children through teething, ills and chills I remember how hard it was to pay the bills, I remember our family holidays we spent together I remember our children growing up and leaving home I remember they have families of their own, I remember we have seven grandchildren ages sixteen and the youngest just one I remember the years gone past I hope our love will last and last.
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Alive surface in Underworld, which is absorbing and imposing. This record has its personal character. It's musically heavy and there are a ton of slanted guitars and incredibly durable and solid melodies. There has been a strong focus on lead single Temple which delves into mental health issues without being judgemental. A passionately fresh and relevant song whose theme is repeated throughout the record. A furious enthralling song with an instant hook that grows in stature on each listen and understandably the lead single.
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Whilst there has been a plethora of new records, the live scene is just waking from its winter slumber: Indeed, Tonight Alive play Leeds Stylus on 14th March and Morrisey is soon in Leeds. Slightly further afield Paramore and Lady Gaga bring their superb live sets to the UK: Moreover, it is also award season. Here we get to blow our own trumpet for a little while: Tonight Alive with their new record Underworld confound their critics who slammed them, rather unfairly, when they released Limitless in 2016. Whilst Limitless was a spasmodically good record, Underworld is more rounded and coherent, but we must thank Limitless for that as that record has informed the structure of Underworld. Talking about Limitless and the label –officially no longer with them but now with Hopeless Records – Tonight Alive now willingly confer about the record's sanitised, preoccupied pop route as something that was bred from an incompatible, thought-provoking station. “It's a record that I back personally, but it was definitely made in an unusual position for us,” said Jenna McDougall, the band's lead vocalist, in a recent interview with the Australian press. “There was that level of interference with the label that meant there was an element of control there” she candidly told us. “It was never ill-intentioned, but there was manipulation involved. We were being encouraged to challenge ourselves, but at the same time, we were working with a group that was used to servicing things to radio. The same team that worked on our band were used to working with artists like Delta Goodrem and Jessica Mauboy – and we were being packaged like that. I felt really restricted. It was the label that was putting doubts in our heads that we couldn't keep growing in the same way that we had done with The Other Side (their rather splendid 2013 album). There was a lot of healing that had to come from that level of rejection.” All the angst, disappointment and rejection of the label's ideas for Tonight
A Life In Music – Celebrating Dame Fanny Waterman The personal archive of the woman who founded one of the world’s most famous piano contests has been presented to the University of Leeds. And the achievements of Dame Fanny Waterman DBE, cofounder of Leeds International Piano Competition, will be celebrated with an afternoon of varied events at the University on Sunday 11 March. The programme includes: • A photographic display of Dame Fanny’s life in music; • A display of items from the new archives, in the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery; • Dame Fanny in conversation with her former pupil Lord Dyson, former Master of the Rolls, honorary graduate of the University and ex-Leeds Grammar School pupil; • A recital by Federico Colli, 2012 winner of “The Leeds” (as the triennial competition is affectionately known) in the Great Hall – part of the University of Leeds International Concert Series.
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However, it is the first track Book Of Love that sets the pace and direction of the whole of Underworld and its distinctive sound. Heavier than previous it is also a song about taking a chance, reinvention and grabbing control back. The rest of the record continues at the same frenetic pace. Full of glamourous hooks and anthems. Then, deliberately I would suggest the hectic nature of the record ends with two slower tracks: Looking For Heaven and My Underworld, the duet with Corey Taylor. By this point Jenna McDougall’s vocals sounds as though a whole weight has been lifted from her shoulders. In many ways it has and that has produced the first great record of 2018. Dame Fanny has given her archive to the University Library’s Special Collections for future generations of researchers to study. The piano competition’s archive has also now been given to Special Collections. Dame Fanny, who will celebrate her 98th birthday later in March, said: “I have been privileged to enjoy a long and rich life in music, and the University of Leeds – with its key support from the start for The Leeds in 1963 – has been a loyal stalwart along the way. “I am pleased to have found such a suitable home as the University’s Special Collections for the papers and memorabilia I’ve accumulated over decades, and hope it provides a useful mine of information for researchers for many years to come. “I believe very strongly in the value of music, learning and education – something which underpins this unique event in March. I’m most grateful to the University for embracing it.” Items on display will include correspondence and unique manuscripts from composer Benjamin Britten, photograph albums and visitor books, as well as minutes from the very first meeting of
Sigrid, the Norwegian pop sensation, who we reported on way back in January 2017 has just been named the winner of BBC Sound of 2018: Sigrid has gone from unknown to one of the most exceptional breakout stars, in less than a year. Now ‘Strangers’ is quite rightly being touted as track of the year., Sigrid’s rise has been unrivalled; from releasing her acclaimed debut Don’t Kill My Vibe EP, which has amassed over 100M global streams - to playing Hoxton Kitchen, two sold-out Scala’s and announcing a Shepherds Bush Empire headline, all in ten months. ‘Strangers’ is Sigrid’s arresting new single, with lyrics of steel, meandering melodies and stark honesty, which embodies the natural, sincere talent Sigrid has become renowned for. At only 21-years-old, Sigrid has also given her vocals to the epic action adventure Justice League, with a powerful, haunting take on Leonard Cohen’s ‘Everybody Knows’. She is also on tour in March, playing Leeds on the 20th. The Leeds committee and a selection of programmes. University Librarian Dr Stella Butler said: “The generous donation by Dame Fanny of her personal archive will strengthen the already rich music-related holdings in Special Collections at the University of Leeds. “The archive will be made available to researchers and students who will be able to find out more about Dame Fanny’s life in music, her relationships with renowned musicians, and her role in putting Leeds firmly on the cultural map.” Sir Vernon Ellis, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Leeds International Piano Competition, said: “I was honoured and humbled to take over the Chair of the Trustees from Dame Fanny. But of course Dame Fanny had a much greater role – Founder, Artistic Director, Chief Executive, Chair of Jury. “She was all these for more than 50 years and the mark she made on learning and performing the piano will never be equalled. This wonderful archive allows us to appreciate the breadth and depth of that extraordinary contribution.” The 68 competitors for this year’s piano competition – the 19th – have recently been announced. Tickets for the event on 11 March – Mothering Sunday – are £15 (free for students and under-16s) and available from; www.concerts.leeds.ac.uk/events/a-life-in-music/ or by calling 0113 343 2584. The displays will be open from 1.30pm; the conversazione takes place at 3pm and the recital at 4pm (concluding at 5.15pm). The recital includes pieces by Scarlatti and Johann Sebastian Bach.
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Still Alice Starring Stage And Screen Actress Sharon Small
■ Sharon Small as Alice in Still Alice rehearsals. Image © Anthony Robling
Star of stage and screen Sharon Small (Trust Me, BBC) takes on the complex role of Alice in West Yorkshire Playhouse’s new stage adaptation of Lisa Genova’s best-selling novel Still Alice, adapted by Christine Mary Dunford.
Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s Globe / World Tour), Andrew Rothney (Grain in the Blood, Traverse Theatre), Alaïs Lawson (Journey’s End, Fluidity Films), Clara Indrani (Marcella, ITV) and Micah Balfour (Emmerdale, ITV) join the cast.
Directed by David Grindley (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Gate Theatre, Dublin), the poignant production explores the effects of early-onset dementia on identity, family and relationships, as university professor Alice confronts her diagnosis, drawing on her resilience to retain her identity and independence.
Still Alice opens West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Every Third Minute festival, a pioneering festival of theatre, dementia and hope that is the first of its kind, and runs from 9 February to the 3 March.
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Featuring ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africaʼs Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping horses to life on stage, War Horse, produced on tour by the National Theatre, is the most successful play in the National Theatreʼs history. War Horse, which has been seen by over seven million people worldwide, completed its record-breaking eight year London run at the New London Theatre on 12 March 2016. It has won 25 awards including the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway. War Horse has been seen in 97 cities in 11 countries, including productions on Broadway, in Toronto and Berlin, with touring productions in the UK and Ireland, North America, the Netherlands, Belgium and China. Michael Morpurgo said: ʻAfter a few months rest, out at pasture, Joey, the War Horse and his great team from the National Theatre,
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The National Theatre Production Of War Horse The 34-strong cast includes Yorkshire born, lifelong Bradford City Fan William Ilkley as (Arthur Narracott) and Thomas Dennis as (Albert Narracott), in his Alhambra Theatre debut. Thomas will be the third generation of his family to appear on the Alhambra Theatre stage. His Great Grandmother performed with the Sherman Dancers and his Great Uncle was a Saxophonist who both enjoyed treading the boards at the Alhambra Theatre years before him.
are touring the UK again, through to 2019 and during the centenary of the end of the First World War, taking their show all over the country, to towns and cities, many of them places War Horse has not been seen before. I am so pleased this is happening; that so many more people will have the chance to enjoy this unique theatrical event. Steady boy, steady Joey. Trot on!' War Horse adapted by Nick Stafford is directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, designed by Rae Smith, with puppet direction, design and fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company, lighting by Paule Constable, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick, with video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer for 59 Productions, songmaker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt. Katie Henry is the revival director and Craig Leo is the associate puppetry director. They are joined by resident puppetry director, Matthew Forbes and resident director, Charlotte Peters. The tour of War Horse coincides with the Centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War and follows the productionʼs sold-out tour of the UK and Ireland in 2013-2014. Please call the Box Office on 01274 432000 or visit www.bradford-theatres.co.uk for more information.
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As daylight increases we notice what is happening in the garden more, the gradual emergence of spring bulbs and the sweet smell of Witch Hazel ( Hamamelis) draw the inquisitive gardener out to investigate. I love wrapping up with layers of clothes clutching a hot cup of tea and just pottering about, no intention of undertaking anything strenuous just breathing in the fresh air and renewing acquaintances emerging in the garden. There has been quite a boom in growing ornamental grasses for the past few years, fuelled no doubt by the new wave of garden designers and the gardening press. For me they have their place and I do enjoy the contribution they make in an overall scheme but not at the exclusion of traditional garden plants. Thats enough of my rant, and down to the task of how to look after ornamental grasses. They fall into two broad groups, those that are evergreen and those that die down completely. If you left the golden tussocks and seed heads for winter effect they may by now be looking a little battered by the wind. Grasses that die down completely are a strawy colour and can be cut right down to ground level from early spring, in particularly cold areas it might be worth delaying this until next month. More tender species such as Pennisetum are best left until late spring.
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Evergreen grasses are those that will have a predominance of greeny coloured foliage, it can be a little confusing and often these species have dead strands of leaves all mixed together. The first job is to remove old flowering stalks, the ones that have had the seeds on. This can be done with secateurs. The next job is to remove the dead leaves and I find the easiest way is to put on some stout
gardening gloves and comb your fingers through the clump with a slight grasping action. This should dislodge dead leaves and is much less tedious than trying to pull each one out individually, dead tips on otherwise green leaves can be removed with secateurs. A feed in late spring with a general pelleted organic fertiliser will help keep the plants healthy. Dahlias are a popular plant and will extend the season of colour right up to the first frosts. However the task of lifting, cleaning and storing over winter is a bit of a chore. In milder areas of the country and sheltered gardens they can be left in the ground, but will eventually need lifting and dividing after three or four years. There is no shortage of suppliers and plants can be purchased in late spring early summer if you don't have the facilities to keep them through the winter. If you have stored your Dahlias in a frost free shed its a good idea to check them over this month. If they are very dry and the tubers are starting to shrivel up, it is a good idea to give them a spray over with tepid water. Choose a mild day when below freezing night temperatures are not forecast. It won't be long before the tubers will need to be started into growth and for this you will need a little heat. There is something about a hedge that I find much more attractive than a fence. I know there is a little more work in keeping them tidy but they provide a living boundary, with an adjustable height and are a haven for birdlife. Planting a hedge is quite straight forward I normally dig the planting site over incorporating garden compost or well rotted manure, a sprinkling of organic fertiliser pellets at planting time and keep an eye on the establishing plants in the first season, watering them in particularly dry spells. Plants are available from specialist nurseries, either on line or many advertise in gardening publications. The plants are usually between one and three years old and are sold in bundles. Whilst they can be planted in a single row for a denser more impenetrable hedge many gardeners plant in a double staggered row. This does take up more space but will establish and knit together quicker. Planting distances for a single row should be between 30 and 60 cm (1 - 2 ft) apart, for a double staggered row, the rows should be 45cm (18 inches) apart, whilst the plants in the row should be 60 - 90 cm ( 2 - 3 ft) apart. Next month, preparing containers and raised beds, planting roses and choosing vegetables. Happy Gardening, Martin
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And The Robin Sings Sweetly Of Spring GARDENING Q&A Our question this month is from Maggie, who writes, ‘I recently purchased a pot of Heather a lovely shade of pink and left it in the garden until I decide where to put it. I have noticed it is turning a little orange is this natural? ‘I would also appreciate any tips on the best position to dig it in and any care needed to keep it healthy.’ This is a great question, I remember in the mid 1970’s Adrian Bloom of Bressingham gardens created a garden entirely out of conifers and heathers, very striking. There are three main groups of heathers, Calluna (Heather), Erica (Heath) and Daboecia (Irish Heath). All develop into fairly low woody shrubs that flower at various times throughout the year. The plant in your photograph is a cultivar of Erica carnea, often referred to as the winter heath as they flower in winter and on into spring. They are also more tolerant of alkaline soils whereas the species of Calluna and Daboecia prefer acid conditions. The term ericaceous is applied to plants that prefer an acid soil and this is where soil testing becomes important, its always good practice to know if your soil is acid or alkaline, the scale used to define the degree of acidity is termed the ph scale, which runs from 0 to 14, 14 being very alkaline, 0 being acid. Most soils that are termed acid are between 4.5 and 5, and most Alkaline soils are on average 8.5 - 9.0. The optimum for most plants ( not ericaceous) is between 6.5 and 7 ( 7 being neutral). Enough of the science, now for the diagnosis, I don't think there is anything affecting the flowers on your plant other than age, if all the flowers had turned orange it could have been due to a sudden change in conditions, a warm sheltered nursery to a cold frosty garden. At this time of year the extreme weather can Blackbirds, house sparrows and robins are at the top of the checklist for hundreds of school children across West Yorkshire as the world’s biggest schools’ wildlife survey kicks off. The RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch – which takes place during the first half of the spring term (until 23 February) – is a chance for children to put down their books and get outside to experience and learn about the nature that lives in their local community. The Birdwatch involves children spending an hour watching and counting the birds that visit their outdoor space, before sending the results to the RSPB. A recent survey of 200 teachers and 1200 school children from around the UK revealed that 96% teachers believed it was important for children to experience nature at school, while 77% of pupils agreed. With close to a million school children taking part since its launch in 2002, the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch is the perfect opportunity for schools to get outside, learn and make their first discoveries in nature. Last year, almost 1400 children and teachers in West Yorkshire took part. Carrion crow was the most common playground visitor in the county and around three quarters of schools spotted one during their watch. Blackbirds, magpies and woodpigeons all featured prominently in the results, and with over 70 different species recorded, there is sure to be a few surprises in schools around the county.
effect young plants in this way and whilst winter heathers are hardy they can be nipped by the frost. If the foliage was turning yellow then this could be a sign that the plant needs an ericaceous feed. Species and cultivars from the genus Erica will tolerate soils of ph7 and below, but of prime importance is that the soil has a good percentage of well rotted compost, ideally composted leaves (leaf-mould). If you test your soil and it has a higher ph than 7 then feed with an ericaceous fertiliser in spring, available form most garden centres and nurseries. As far as position is concerned, as they flower in winter it makes sense to keep them close to the house in a sheltered border. They will tolerate a little shade but need good drainage so if your soil is clay add grit and leaf-mould at planting time. Once all the flowers have faded trim the plant by cutting the tips off just after the last flower, this will tend to keep the plant compact and encourage new shoots. No further pruning is necessary and cutting back too much (into the old wood) can kill the plant. If the plant becomes leggy then you can either take cuttings in summer or hold a leggy branch down with a half brick or small stone and place a 75 -100mm (3 - 4inch) layer of ericaceous compost over the pegged down branch, leaving the tips showing about 100 - 150mm (4 - 6 inches). If this is done in mid summer you should find that the plant has rooted into the compost by the following spring, at which time you can cut through the old stem with a spade and replant the rooted tips back in the border. An annual mulch with leaf mould can encourage a more spreading habit and stem rooting. FOR ALL YOUR GARDENING QUESTIONS EMAIL; email@example.com
Emma Reed, RSPB Education, Families and Youth manager in Northern England said: “Taking part in Big Schools Birdwatch uses just one lesson or lunchtime so it’s really fun and simple to set up, and it works for all ages. We hope that taking part will inspire school children in West Yorkshire about the wildlife they share their space with. “Sadly, children today are spending less time outside in nature, which means they are missing out on the positive impact it has on their physical health, emotional wellbeing and their education. The Birdwatch is the perfect chance for them to experience nature first hand, make exciting discoveries, and the results help provide our scientists with valuable information, so the children are helping to make a real difference for wildlife.” For the first time the RSPB has partnered with Cbeebies favourites Twirlywoos to provide exciting new activities and resources specifically tailored to Early Years, to help get their mini Birdwatches off to a flying start. The Big Schools Birdwatch is a free activity and only takes an hour to complete. Teachers can pick any day during the first half of the spring term to take part, with the flexibility to run it as a one off or as the centre piece of a cross-curricular study, project work or a way for the children to improve their outdoor space. To take part in the Big Schools Birdwatch and help the next generation of children start their own wildlife adventure, visit rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch
Important Nature Sites Receive National Lottery Funding Leeds City Council and Meanwood Valley Partnership have been jointly awarded £65,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Meanwood Valley: Wilderness on your Doorstep project. Starting this month, the project focuses on celebrating the rich natural history of the Meanwood Valley. The Meanwood Valley has long been celebrated as a ‘green artery’ from the centre of urban Leeds to the rural countryside. It has a broad natural heritage, with a diverse range of habitats and a wealth of wildlife. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will seek to promote an understanding of wildlife and its management by increasing opportunities for local communities to discover and get involved in the natural environment of the Valley. There will be: a programme of volunteer activity, wildlife surveys, Bio blitzes, nature discovery events, interpretation and education. Encouraging many people in the local community to celebrate wildlife on their doorstep and aiming to ensure the sustainability of this natural heritage into the future. Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for sustainability and the environment said: “It is vitally important that we continue to protect those wonderful areas of natural beauty in Leeds that provide so much pleasure to people of all ages. “Through this funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we now have the opportunity to celebrate the wonderful Meanwood Valley and the wealth of wildlife that is found there. This funding will ensure that we are able to deliver a stimulating programme of activities for the local community to enjoy. We would like to encourage as many people as possible to get involved and to help us both promote and protect the Meanwood Valley.” David Renwick, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Our green spaces and landscapes give our towns, cities and countryside their sense of place. We can all play a role in conserving and enhancing this vital nature. The Meanwood Valley project is the latest example of how buying a National Lottery ticket helps boost species and habitats in Yorkshire’s Back Garden.” If you would like more information on volunteering with wildlife surveys or practical conservation, please contact the Ranger team at 0113 336 7549 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
IN BYGONE YEARS
Blue Plaque Series
WITH PETER THORPE
ADELAIDE NEILSON, SHAKESPEAREAN ACTRESS
When Elizabeth was about two years old, her mother married Samuel Bland, a decorator and mechanic. Elizabeth’s young life was hard with very little money growing up in Skipton and Guiseley working as a nursery maid as well as in a factory. After learning of her parentage when she was thirteen, she was said to have ‘run away’ to London where she became a member of the ballet at one of the theatres. Her early days in London were hard, working as a seamstress and a barmaid at a pub in the Haymarket. It was in London she met her husband, and in 1864 and under her adult baptismal name in the records of St Peter’s parish church in Leeds as Lilian Adelaide Lizon, she married Philip Henry Lee, son of a clergyman at Newington church in Kennington, London. At Margate in 1865, she made her stage debut as Adelaide Lessont in Sheridan Knowles play ‘The Hunchback,’ not be confused with Victor Hugo’s classic story of the ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’. Later in the year she made her London debut at ‘Royalty Theatre’ under the name Adelaide Neilson playing Juliet in Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Her life is described as ‘Bohemian’ mixing with actors, writers and artists, but this didn’t stop her returning to see her mother occasionally at Guiseley and also keeping her financially supported. Her marriage to Philip however failed and they were divorced in 1877.
I’m sure that some of our readers will know and remember some of the thirteen ‘houses’ that comprised of the late Quarry Hill Flats in Leeds. One, ‘Neilson’ house was named not after a politician or other public figure, but after Adelaide Neilson said to have been the greatest Shakespearean actress of her day. She was born Elizabeth Ann Brown in 1848 at St Peter’s Square in Leeds where now stands Leeds Playhouse. Her unmarried mother, Anne Brown was described as a strolling player and her father, she later claimed was of Spanish nobility.
Curator’s Fascinating Find Reveals Temple Newsam Was A Tea Time Trailblazer It’s the quintessentially British brew that over the centuries has been enjoyed by everyone from Yorkshire’s lords and ladies, to its miners and mill workers. Now a curator’s recent exciting new discovery about the history of the humble cuppa is causing quite a stir at Temple Newsam House.
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Adelaide Neilson was returned to England and buried in Brompton Cemetery. Her estate was substantial when one bears in mind how much she left, £25,000 worth many times more today. Some was used to endow a theatrical charity, the ‘Adelaide Neilson Fund.’ Had she lived and been born somewhat later, she might well have been a Hollywood star of the early cinema. We shall never know.
Within seven years she became a household name in theatres throughout the land, as well as in America where she appeared in New York as well as touring the country. Her later tours in America were extremely popular bringing also great financial success. Her final visit to America and Canada was in 1880 playing to over thirteen thousand people in Toronto in just one week. Within three years of her divorce from Philip Lee, she became engaged to an actor by the name of Edward Compton. They both travelled to Paris in August 1880 perhaps to arrange their marriage and plan their wedding attire. Sadly, their marriage wasn’t to be. In the ‘Bois de Boulogne’ in Paris she drank a glass of iced milk and was gripped by a gastric attack and died on the same day, August 15th 1880. She was only thirty-two years old.
A blue plaque situated very near to where she was born, outside the main entrance to West Yorkshire Playhouse has temporarily been removed for repairs.
The fascinating document, found buried in local archives, has revealed those who once called the estate home could have been among the very first people in the country to ever pop the kettle on. Rachel Conroy, curator at Temple Newsam House, was at the West Yorkshire Archives researching for the forthcoming Beer: A History of Brewing and Drinking exhibition when she found an apothecary bill for medicinal ingredients bought for the estate in 1644. Included in the English Civil War era shopping list was an order for a number of bottles of “China drink”, which was the old name for tea, with each bottle priced at four shillings. The bill is thought to be one of the earliest known written references to tea in England, predating the famous text by noted diarist Samuel Pepys, who in 1660 wrote “afterwards I did send for a cup of tee (a China drink) of which I never had drank before.” Rachel said: “This document is an exciting discovery which shows the people who once lived at Temple Newsam were real northern
■ Helen Pratt, assistant community curator, in the Terrace Room at Temple Newsam House. The room contains desks once owned by the famous Earl Grey
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Footprints in the sands of time WITH GARETH WHITEHEAD
Viking Invasion Brings Hoard To York For Jorvik Viking Festival
the Great of Wessex and his lesser known contemporary Ceolwulf II of Wessex. Around the time the hoard was buried, Ceolwulf simply disappeared without trace from the historical record, and Alfred and the Viking leader Guthrum divided southern England between the two of them. A few years later, Alfred's court historians re-wrote history to make Ceolwulf a puppet of the Vikings, and Alfred the great hero who saved England. This hoard is a wonderful reminder that the story of Alfred and the Vikings that has come down to us is the one that Alfred wanted people to hear.”
The hoard contains a mixture of Anglo-Saxon and Viking artefacts, including over two hundred complete Anglo-Saxon silver coins, two coins from the Kingdom of the Franks (modern day France and western Germany), seven items of jewellery including complete arm rings, deliberately cut fragments of jewellery, known as ‘hack silver’ and fifteen silver ingots. The find provided archaeologists and historians with a clearer understanding of the relationships between Alfred the Great of Wessex and Ceolwulf II and how the invasion of the Great Viking Army helped galvanise a unified English kingdom for the first time.
As regular readers will be aware, I am a big fan of the JORVIK centre and the Viking Festival which is held around this time every year. Enthusiasts from all over the world gather in York for the annual festival, and this year’s theme – exploring the Vikings’ arrival in York in AD866 – will be made even more exciting with one of the most important Viking hoards found on British shores joining the displays at JORVIK Viking Centre from 7th February until the 21st May. The Watlington Hoard is believed to have been hidden by a member of the Great Viking Army in around AD879 during their manoeuvres through Oxfordshire and was discovered by metal detectorist James Mather in 2015.
The reason why the hoard was buried remains a mystery, but it seems like it was buried when the Vikings moved from Cirencester to East Anglia in AD879, along a Roman road then called Icknield Street (now known as the Ridgeway) which runs through South Oxfordshire and through the Watlington area. The location is on the borderlands between Mercia and Wessex at a time when the former kingdom was being swallowed by the latter. Few records remain explaining the collapse of the old order, so the hoard provides a contemporary insight into that time, including incredibly rare coinage featuring representations of the two kings. Gareth Williams, Curator of Early Medieval Coins and Viking Collections at the British Museum said “This is one of the most exciting Viking finds of the century so far. The hoard was buried at the time that the Viking Great Army turned from raiding to permanent settlement. It shows how history could be re-written within a few years, even then. The coinage shows a strong alliance between Alfred
trend-setters of their day and were among the first in the country to enjoy a cup of tea centuries before it became such a staple in all our homes. “Although it may be strange today for us to think of it as an unusual, exotic drink, back in the 1640s, tea had only just begun to make its way to England and would probably have been something of a novelty and quite a status symbol. “Discoveries like this not only help us to build a more complete picture of what life at Temple Newsam has been like over the centuries, they also remind us how many amazing stories are still buried in archives and records waiting for us to find.” Tea is believed to have spread to Europe from its Asian homeland in the mid to late 1500s, but didn’t become popular in Britain until much later.
The Watlington Viking Hoard, is displaying in JORVIK Viking Centre’s gallery, with existing loans from the British Museum, which have been in place since the attraction re-opened in April 2017. If you want to see the hoard in all its glory, visit; www.jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk. For information on the JORVIK Viking Festival, from 12 – 18 February visit www.jorvikvikingfestival.co.uk
London coffee houses were among the first to introduce the drink to British patrons, and by the late 1650s, it was being sold at six and ten pounds per pound and was touted as having properties including "preserving perfect health until extreme old age" and "making the body active and lusty". In the 1600s, a skilled craftsman like a stonemason or a carpenter could expect to earn around seven pence for a day's work, so the even the price of the bottles purchased by Temple Newsam would have been somewhat extravagant. Councillor Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for museums and galleries, said: “Temple Newsam has played such a long and important part in the story of our city and new and exciting discoveries like this show just how much history is still there for our experts to uncover.
“The team at Temple Newsam does some incredible work finding new and exciting ways to make history and heritage engaging, fun and relatable for different audiences and this is another great example of that.” Temple Newsam House has an important collection of British ceramics, including many used for making and serving tea that can be seen on display in the house. The house's Terrace Room is also home to two desks which once belonged to the famous Earl Grey. For more details about the house including opening times and prices, please visit; www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries
WAGGING TALES! Top Honour 34
For WWII Hero Dog
Chips started life as the beloved pet of Edward J Wren and his family. After the US joined WWII, Mr Wren donated him to the newly formed USA Dogs for Defense (DfD) in 1942. The DfD was set up to help procure and train dogs for the war effort and of the 40,000 dogs that were donated, only 10,000 made the K9 Corps.
Chips, a German Shepherd-Husky-cross, has been recognised for his key role during the beach landings on the Mediterranean island. He and his handler, Private Rowell, were attached to the Third Infantry Regiment of the American Seventh Army. PDSA Director General Jan McLoughlin said “Chips was a real war hero. His actions saved many lives as a US platoon came under fierce attack.”
Chips’ posthumous medal was presented by the UK’s leading veterinary charity, PDSA, on Monday 15 January: the 75th anniversary of the Casablanca Conference. The presentation took place at the Churchill War Rooms, London. US Army Attaché, Lieutenant Colonel Alan Throop and Military Working Dog Ayron, received the medal on Chips’ behalf. Also present was John Wren, who was just four years old when Chips – John’s family pet – returned from the war effort. John, now age 76, and his wife Sharon travelled from the United States to witness the presentation.
“His heroics are thoroughly deserving of the highest recognition. It is an honour to award Chips the PDSA Dickin Medal.” Historical author, Robin Hutton, discovered Chips’ story while researching and, amazed by his incredible story, nominated him for the PDSA Dickin Medal. She said: “My job as an author, specialising in the actions of animals in war, allows me to immerse myself in many great tales of heroism, but Chips’ story really stood out to me. The various efforts made by his regiment to decorate Chips for his actions sadly failed, so I am utterly thrilled that he has been awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal.” Lieutenant Colonel Alan Throop, a U.S. Africa Command Staff Officer assigned in the UK, accepted Chips’ medal on behalf of the regiment. He said: “It is a privilege and an honour to represent Chips and the US Army on this very special day. The soldiers that served during WWII faced untold hardships and the dogs that served alongside them truly helped them defeat the enemy. Chips’ story demonstrates the vital role that these animals played, and continue to play today. I am proud to play a small part in recognising his actions.”
A US Army dog who protected the lives of his platoon during the invasion of Sicily in 1943, has been posthumously awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal – widely known as the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.
As well as his heroics on the battlefield, Chips served as sentry at the Casablanca Conference in January 1943, where Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US President Franklin D Roosevelt met to map out the Allied Forces’ strategy for the next phase of the war. Chips met both leaders while he performed his protection duties.
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John Wren, who was four years-old when his father donated Chips to the war effort, travelled from New York State to attend the medal presentation. John said: “Chips was something of a celebrity when he returned from the war but we were just pleased to have our dog back. The letters that my father received from the soldiers that Chips served with prove just what a valuable asset he was to the US Army and I am so thrilled to see his service recognised here today.”
Following his training, Chips sailed to Morocco with handler Private Rowell, where he began his duties on the front line. On 10 July 1943, Chips took part in ‘Operation Husky’, during the invasion of Sicily, one of the largest combined operations of the war. As he was led ashore under cover of darkness, the soldiers were attacked on the beach by an enemy machine-gun team, hidden in a nearby hut. As the platoon dived for cover, Chips broke free. Rushing at the hut ‘with ferocious intent’, he went in despite the barrage of gunfire. Private Rowell described what happened next: “There was an awful lot of noise and the firing stopped. Then I saw one soldier come out of the door with Chips at his throat. I called him off before he could kill the man.” Private Rowell reported that three other enemy soldiers followed, hands above heads. During the incident, Chips sustained a scalp wound and powder burns, and required treatment for his injuries. The hut turned out to be a machine-gun nest. It transpired that Chips had grabbed the machine-gun by the barrel and pulled it off its mount. Chips’ actions undoubtedly saved the lives of the men in his platoon. On 9 September 1943 it was recommended that Chips be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) for ‘extra heroism in action’. This was signed by Captain Edward G Parr who stated that Chips’ courageous action ‘single-handedly eliminated a dangerous machine-gun nest and caused the surrender of its crew, reflecting the highest credit on himself and the military service’. Major General Lucian K Truscott, Jr. Commander of the Third Division, decided to waive the War Department regulation that prohibited bestowing medals on animals. On 19 November 1943, Chips was the first, and only, dog to be awarded the Silver Star. However, Chips’ medals were later revoked, following complaints that such medals were not intended for animals. After the war, Chips was honourably discharged and the men in his platoon unofficially awarded him a Theater Ribbon with Arrowhead – an honour reserved for airborne and amphibious assault landings – together with eight battle stars: one for each of his campaigns. Chips returned to New York to resume life with the Wren family.
■ Chips returns home. John Wren was four years old when Chips came home from the war
The globally-famous medal was introduced by PDSA’s founder, Maria Dickin CBE, in 1943. It is the highest award any animal can achieve while serving in military conflict.
Commenting on Chips’ PDSA Dickin Medal, the charity’s Director General, Jan McLoughlin, said: “It has taken over seven decades but Chips can now finally take his place in the history books as one of the most heroic dogs to serve with the US Army. His tenacity and devotion to duty saved lives on the day in question, running into the line of fire to thwart enemy attempts to attack his platoon.
■ US army dog Ayron wearing Chips PDSA Dickin Medal pictured with John Wren
The PDSA Dickin Medal is a large, bronze medallion bearing the words “For Gallantry” and “We Also Serve” all within a laurel wreath. The ribbon is striped green, dark brown and sky blue representing water, earth and air to symbolise the naval, land and air forces. Chips is the 70th recipient of the PDSA Dickin Medal. The only other US Army animal to receive the PDSA Dickin Medal was G.I Joe – a pigeon who served with United States Army Pigeon Service and received the 40th PDSA Dickin Medal in August 1946. Recipients include 33 dogs (including Chips), 32 World War Two messenger pigeons, four horses and one cat. For more information about the medal and its recipients, visit www.pdsa.org.uk/chips. Chips’ PDSA Dickin Medal will be loaned to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans to be displayed. Celebrating its centenary this year, PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity and strives to improve the wellbeing of all pets’ lives through providing preventive care, educating pet owners and treating pets when they become sick or injured.
Bark In The Park
25 TH FEB
· 24 Hour Emergency Service · · Annual Health Checks · · Ultrasound · · E.C.G · · In-House Laboratory · · Dental Facilities · The St. Gemma's Hospice annual sponsored dog walking event Bark in the Park will be back on Sunday 25th February 2018 and promises to be bigger and better than ever! Bark in the Park will be taking place at Temple Newsam Park, there will be a choice of 1, 3 or 6 miles walks around the stunning grounds - and they will be brand new for this year! They will have a host of local pet stalls for you to pick up something special to spoil your pooch after their challenging walk. As well as hot drinks and snacks available with all proceeds going to St. Gemma's Hospice. If you have any recommendations for stalls and activities or know of someone who might display our
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According to the 2017 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report, 1.8 million ( 19%) of dogs are routinely left at home alone for five hours or more on a typical weekday, causing loneliness, boredom, stress and obesity. A few changes by owners in 2018 can make daily life for their pet dog much happier and healthier.
“Our 2017 PAW Report also revealed the shocking news that 93,000 dogs are never walked, leaving thousands unstimulated and at risk of becoming overweight or developing obesity. This can predispose them to serious health problems such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. Given an estimated 40% of UK dogs are thought to be overweight, this is only adding fuel to the fire of a growing pet obesity epidemic.”
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On the day registration will be between 9am and 10am on the field adjacent to the amphitheatre and the cafe. You must register with us before you set off, for you and your dogs safety. Entertainment and refreshments will be available until 2pm so you will have plenty of time to enjoy your walk and enjoy the shows.
Many Dogs Are Suffering From Loneliness, Need More Stimulation And Exercise
Katy Orton, PDSA Veterinary Campaigns Manager, says: “Loneliness can be incredibly damaging for our four-legged friends. Dogs require lots of mental and physical stimulation, as well as human companionship, and shouldn’t routinely be left alone for longer than four hours at most. Bored dogs are unhappy dogs - they can show their frustration by chewing and being destructive, barking, toileting in the house, or developing other habits.”
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If you are concerned about your dog, or need advice on keeping your dog happy and healthy, book an appointment to see your vet. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 4,153 dog, owners aged 18+ who live in the UK. Fieldwork was undertaken between 23 February and 6 March 2017. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of the population of dogs and the owner's gender, age and region. Extrapolations to dog population figures are based on estimates of the UK: 9.3 millions dogs.
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Leeds Teaching Hospitals Joins Harvey’s Gang Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) recently became a member of a very elite club - Harvey’s Gang.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance Wins National Award Yorkshire Air Ambulance is flying high after a major national category win at the prestigious Health Business Awards. The rapid response emergency service won the 2017 Air Ambulance Service Award at a glittering event at the Grange Hotel, London. The Health Business Awards recognise and celebrate the significant contributions made each year by organisations and individuals that work inside and alongside the NHS. They were presented by broadcaster, journalist and physician Dr Phil Hammond. Yorkshire Air Ambulance serves five million people across Yorkshire and carries out over 1,250 missions every year and needs to raise £12,000 every day to keep saving lives. Over the last 12 months, the charity has fully brought into service two, new state-of-the-art
Established in 2014, Harvey’s Gang aims to involve patients, particularly children and parents, in the laboratory aspects of their transfusion treatment.
■ Yorkshire Air Ambulance Director of Marketing and Communications Abby Barmby (centre) and Marketing and Communications Manager Olivia Johnson receive the Air Ambulance Service Award at the Health Business Awards from Dr Phil Hammond.
LTHT is the first Trust in the Yorkshire and Humber region to join the gang and Leeds Children’s Hospital patient William Rhodes, aged 9, became the first patient to get involved when he was shown around the Pathology department.
As part of his visit William, who has Diamond Blackfan Anaemia - a rare bone marrow failure disorder where the patient fails to make enough red blood cells, had blood samples taken and then took his sample to the Haematology lab where his journey began. William, in his Harvey’s Gang lab coat, watched his sample being processed and was able to see his blood cells under the microscope, with a little help from the Trust’s Haematology Biomedical Scientists. It was then off to the Transfusion lab where William booked his sample in and could see the laboratory records of every transfusion he had received since he was five months old. William worked with the Transfusion Biomedical Scientists to understand which blood types were suitable for him, after that William was able to select the units of blood that would be used for his transfusion. After the tour William went back to the clinic, ready for his transfusion that he had helped to cross match. Caroline Rhodes, William’s mum, said: “The visit to the blood labs really made a difference to William’s understanding of the whole process, he now knows where his bag of blood comes from and he knows where all his blood results come from and how it happens. This all helps him to understand his illness and the meaning of certain words that may seem pretty straight forward to us.
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“This means a lot to us as parents as William sometimes struggles to understand things when explained verbally and it always helps him to see things visually.”
The YAA has also introduced extended night flying hours and started carrying blood on board for the first time enabling critically injured patients to receive transfusions at the scene of accidents or in the air.
Jennifer Rock, Transfusion Practitioner at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, added: “Harvey’s Gang is a fantastic initiative and we’re proud to be a part of it here in Leeds. The visits mean so much to the children and to their parents, it really gives them a greater understanding of their hospital treatment and what happens behind the scenes. It also means a great deal to staff who really enjoy getting to know the patients and their families.”
Abby Barmby, YAA Director of Marketing and Communications, said: “2017 was a major year for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and we are delighted that our achievements as a service have been recognised with this prestigious award. “For us, this success reinforces our commitment to providing the best possible Air Ambulance service to the people of Yorkshire and it’s visitors. We really are very humbled to have been given this award.”
■ William Rhodes
The Trust is aiming to roll out the programme in full with another visit already booked this month.
Bradford Scientist Awarded £90k To Investigate Link Between Diabetes And Increased Risk Of Breast Cancer Spreading A leading Bradford scientist has been awarded a grant worth more than £90,000 by research charity Breast Cancer Now to carry out cutting-edge research to uncover why breast cancer is more likely to spread in those with type two diabetes, than in those without the disease. When breast cancer spreads – known as secondary (or metastatic) breast cancer – it becomes incurable, and almost all of the 11,500 women that die as a result of breast cancer each year in the UK will have seen their cancer spread. More than 1,620 women in West Yorkshire are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and over 350 women in the region die from the disease each year. Research has found that those with type two diabetes are around 20% more likely to develop breast cancer than those who are not diabetic. Furthermore, type two diabetes has also been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer spreading around the body, however the underlying molecular mechanisms connecting the two continue to elude scientists. Previous studies have shown that platelets – the components in the blood that cause clotting – may encourage breast cancer cells to grow more aggressively. Platelets shed small fragments that carry ‘messenger molecules’ – called miRNA – which may send growth signals to breast cancer cells that encourage them to progress to secondary breast cancer. In people with type two diabetes, the blood contains higher levels of these platelet fragments, and scientists now hope to uncover whether it is the higher levels of miRNA that encourage breast cancer to spread in type two diabetics. With funding from Breast Cancer Now, Dr James Boyne – based at the University of Bradford – will lead a three-year project to
investigate how these platelet fragments bind to and communicate with breast cancer cells, and whether they send messages via miRNA that promote growth and survival of breast cancer cells, making the disease more aggressive. The team hopes to uncover whether a unique miRNA signature could be contributing to increased risk of breast cancer progression in those with type two diabetes. Dr Boyne and his team will first study platelet fragments from type two diabetic patients, which will allow them to identify which key miRNA molecules are active, causing a change in behaviour of breast cancer cells that encourages them to grow and spread. Using blood and breast cancer tissue samples obtained from the Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank, Dr Boyne will ■ Dr James Boyne compare miRNAs of diabetic and non-diabetic breast cancer patients to identify any fundamental differences in miRNA expression and activity levels. The team will identify whether any miRNAs in particular are essential for breast cancer progression, and could act as predictive biomarkers to identify which diabetic patients are at a higher risk of developing secondary breast cancer. Dr James Boyne, Lecturer in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Bradford, said:
“With this funding from Breast Cancer Now we have brought together expertise from across West Yorkshire to investigate why breast cancer is more likely to metastasise in women with type two diabetes. “The project is very much a multidisciplinary collaboration of leaders in the fields of platelet biology (Dr Wayne Roberts), breast cancer oncology (Prof Valerie Speirs) and diabetes (Dr Donald Whitelaw). We are hopeful that working together we will be able to identify new mechanisms that drive breast cancer progression in type two diabetics to ensure the best possible outcomes for these patients.” Dr Richard Berks, Senior Research Communications Officer at Breast Cancer Now, said: “Dr Boyne’s vital research will help us understand why breast cancer is more likely to spread in women with type two diabetes. Understanding the link between these two diseases may help doctors to predict whether a diabetic patient is likely to develop metastatic breast cancer, so that effective treatments can be put in place to reduce the risk of the disease spreading and becoming incurable. “If Dr Boyne identifies that specific miRNAs are sending signals that exacerbate breast cancer cells’ growth, this could lead to the development of new, highly-specific therapies for those with secondary breast cancer. “Our ambition is that by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live. Dr Boyne’s project could help bring us one step closer to this goal and we’d like to thank our supporters across Yorkshire who continue to help make potentially life-saving research like this possible.”
Take Control - Don’t Let Indigestion Spoil Your Plans This Year! Many people suffer from uncomfortable bouts of indigestion, usually triggered by eating and drinking. It’s a common problem with one in five of us experiencing symptoms every week in the UK. Whether you are a full-time mum, a shift worker or a 9-5 office staffer, life can be so busy there’s often little time to eat properly and irregular and rushed meals can cause daily discomfort from the symptoms of indigestion and affect your health in the long term.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org WHAT IS INDIGESTION? Indigestion is a very vague term that is used to describe symptoms that are attributable to the oesophagus, stomach and small intestine (duodenum). The symptoms are often pain or discomfort aggravated by eating or drinking - the feeling of nausea after food or the sensation of being over full. Also heartburn and reflux can also be described as indigestion
HOW IS IT USUALLY CAUSED? It is classically caused by acid reflux disease, gastritis (inflammation of the stomach) or ulcers in the stomach or small intestine. The stomach has natural defence against stomach acid but if this defence is damaged then problems can arise from naturally occurring acid. The oesophagus on the other hand has no natural protection so acid refluxing out of the stomach into the oesophagus will cause symptoms. Helicobacter pylori - a bacteria frequently found in peoples stomach - can tip the balance towards damage from stomach acid. Other things that increase stomach acid production can promote symptoms. These include smoking, acidic drinks such as wine and fruit juices and spicy food. Stress is another possible trigger.
ARE THERE ANY CAUSES THAT PEOPLE AREN’T SO AWARE OF? The bottom of the oesophagus (gullet) has a muscle that tries to prevent reflux. However, this muscle can be relaxed by alcohol and, perhaps more surprisingly, by chocolate. Late night chocolate treats can classically results in nocturnal heartburn
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Dr Matthew Huggett, a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Spire Leeds Hospital, looks at the causes of indigestion, how we treat it and what we have to do to avoid it altogether. But he also warned that people suffering indigestion regularly and for an extended period of time could actually be mistaking the symptom for something more sinister and urged them to see their GP or Gastroenterologist.
WHAT ABOUT ALCOHOL – ARE SPIRITS MORE LIKELY TO BRING ON A BOUT OF INDIGESTION THAN BEERS OR LAGERS? All alcohol will relax the lower oesophagus and promote reflux but fizzy drinks, such as lager, are more likely to cause reflux, especially when drunk in larger volumes. However all alcohol will cause some damage to the stomach so don’t believe the medical myth that you can use brandy to settle your stomach!
FEBRUARY 2018 BESIDES ABSTAINING FROM ALCOHOL AND SAYING ‘NO’ TO TASTY TREATS WHAT MEASURES CAN PEOPLE TAKE TO AVOID INDIGESTION? Eating and drinking a number of hours before going to bed is a good option. Smaller and frequent meals tend to help as well. If reflux is the major issue propping the head of the bed on a couple of bricks helps increase effect of gravity at night thus reducing reflux.
DOES A PINT OF MILK AT THE START OF THE EVENING HELP OR IS THAT AN ‘OLD WIVES TALE’ STARTED BY THE DAIRY INDUSTRY? Funnily enough, while the pint of milk theory is another ‘medical myth’ it is a fact that before the advent of modern antiacid drugs, patients with ulcers were often treated with milk drips direct to the stomach.
IF YOU DO GET INDIGESTION WHAT IS THE BEST WAY OF TREATING IT? Modern drugs such as the PPIs (omeprazole etc) have transformed the management of indigestion by reducing acid production very dramatically. Also H2 blockers such as (ranitidine) reduce acid production. However, many of the overthe-counter remedies are only antacids that will neutralise the stomach acid for a relatively short period.
WHAT CONDITIONS COULD THE SYMPTOMS OF INDIGESTION BE HIDING? The real worry about indigestion is that it could be masking something much more sinister. If lifestyle issues and a short course or tablets/medicine - maybe two weeks of treatment - does not resolve the issue then seeking medical advice is sensible. The diseases that mimic indigestion are stomach and pancreatic cancer and gallbladder disease. Ulcers of the stomach and small intestine need to be diagnosed and treated effectively as the huge majority are curable without prolonged treatment. The increasing age of the patient and the fact that these symptoms are new are indicators to investigate further. Oesophageal cancer can give symptoms similar to reflux and any sensation of food sticking and painful swallowing require urgent investigation. Visit your GP or a gastroenterologist as soon as possible. were concerned that their children are becoming more anxious about world and national events. Child psychology expert Dr Camilla Rosan of the Mental Health Foundation said: “We often forget that distressing world events can have a significant impact on the mental health of our children. This is especially true in the digital age where it’s no longer possible to shield our children from worrying or scary news. “Our poll indicates widespread anxiety among children– especially about the threat of terrorism. But the good news is there is a lot we can do to help children cope with scary events. “It’s important for example to let children know the facts of any given event but also to put things into perspective and let them know they are safe. Anxiety about scary news events is normal, but not something children have to deal with alone.
Forty Five Percent Of Yorkshire Parents Indicate Their Children Are Anxious About The Threat Of Terrorism A survey of parents with children aged 5 to 18 has revealed that 45 percent of parents in Yorkshire think their children are anxious about the threat of terrorism compared to the national average of 41 percent. The YouGov survey of over 1800 GB parents included 170 Yorkshire parents, and was commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation to uncover the impact world events could be having on children, and equip parents to respond. Almost a quarter of Yorkshire parents (24 percent) indicated their children were anxious about the threat of nuclear war. 28 percent of Yorkshire parents thought their children were anxious about Donald
“Parents can really help tackle problems early and support good mental health for their children by talking about these issues in an open and honest way. This lets them know that it’s okay to talk about scary or tricky subjects, and hopefully, will give them the confidence to talk about things that might be playing on their mind at other times too.” The Mental Health Foundation which works to prevent mental health problems, has released 10 guidelines for parents ‘How to talk to your children about scary world news’available for free on their website. The tips included are: • A news-blackout is rarely helpful
Trump’s presidency. 29 percent of Yorkshire parents also thought their children were anxious about global warming and climate change.
• Let them know the facts
In terms of signs British parents are noticing, of those whose children were anxious, six in ten (61 percent) have noticed their children starting to ask a lot more questions, a quarter (24 percent) had noticed their children seeking reassurance, and 13% reported that their children have gone as far as asking to avoid activities such using public transport or going to busy public places. A further 8% reported their children having nightmares.
• Let them know that it is normal to be concerned
It found that overall almost four in ten UK parents (39 percent)
• Discourage overexposure • Let your children know they are safe • Tailor the conversation to their age • Find the right time to talk about it • Leave lots of space for questions • Allow for repetition • Be as truthful as possible
Specialist Hospital Leads Nationwide Survey Of Prosthetic Eyes
FINANCIAL P L A N N I N G Taking The Stress Out Of Paying For Care
The average cost of residential care in Yorkshire is around £30,000 a year and nursing care £38,000 a year. Whilst these costs are considered to be the norm, it is not uncommon to find care homes charging their residents well over £1,000 per week. Very few people have this level of income naturally available to them and instead find themselves having to utilise hard earned savings and even their home to pay for their care.
When somebody loses an eye due to damage or disease, they almost always choose to have an artificial eye rather than wear an eye patch. The artificial eye is carefully made to perfectly match the patient’s existing eye. However, patients who wear artificial eyes often suffer with dry eye symptoms. Seeing through just one eye also affects depth perception and can make daily activities such as going down stairs or pouring boiling water into a mug tricky. Queen Victoria Hospital Maxillofacial Prosthetist, Dr Emma Worrell, has over 25 years’ experience within the maxillofacial prosthetics field and alongside her clinical work has a keen interest in research. She is now leading this national study on the quality of life for patients after eye loss along with Mr Raman Malhotra, QVH Consultant Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon.
Dr Emma Worrell said: “The most commonly referenced book for adapting to monocular vision was first published in 1972, now it’s time we find out the needs of artificial eye patients in 2017. In understanding our current population we can better provide for our patients, improve our patients’ experience. This is why we devised this study. “We as clinicians need to know how life is from our patient’s viewpoint, to enable us to better answer questions, pass on our best evidence based advice and updating our knowledge through research will help us do this.” The team at Queen Victoria Hospital treat around 200 patients a year who have an ocular prosthesis and by involving other NHS centres they hope to get information from at least 500 patients. Currently there are 26 recruiting sites nationwide from Middlesborough to Plymouth and from Shrewsbury to Norwich. The results of the study will be published and used to update patient information sheets, improve cleaning protocols and develop best practice. The study is being funded by an Ocular Award from the Institute of Maxillofacial Prosthetists and Technologists. In addition, it is a National Portfolio study and fully supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network.
Meeting the cost of elderly care is fast becoming a huge and growing issue in the UK. As life expectancy continues to lengthen, more of us can expect to require some form of care in our later years.
The Queen Victoria Hospital is leading a new national study looking into comfort and outcomes for people using an artificial eye. It’s an exciting opportunity for the hospital which is a specialist centre for reconstructive surgery, oculoplastics and prosthetic rehabilitation. And it’s partnered with hospitals across the UK including St James University Hospital to enable as many patients as possible to be involved in the study.
So what can people do to address this issue? We asked local Later Life financial expert John Varley of Flying Colours to comment. “The most important thing is to seek professional advice and from someone who is an expert on the subject. There is a lot of free information available via the internet and through a variety of other sources all of which is very helpful, but when it comes to the big question of ‘so what’s the best thing for me to do?’ that’s where seeking the help of an experienced and professionally qualified care fees expert can really make the difference.” Mr Varley goes on to say, “the subject of how we provide and pay for elderly care as a nation has been receiving increased political and media attention, but recent announcements by the government suggest that any significant changes will take years to implement if at all. In the meantime, an increasing number of elderly people will continue to have to self-fund their care from their own resources and whilst this may be fine over the short term, what happens when people start to run out of money? Here are ten things recommended by Mr Varley that may just help to reduce the stress; 1) Seek professional financial advice from a care fees specialist. The Society of Later Life Advisers have a UK wide directory of accredited advisers. This can save you a lot of time and heartache, visit;
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Unless money truly is no object, make 3) sure you engage your local adult social services team to carry out a community care assessment. This will allow you to move into care safe in the knowledge that if you do ever run out of money, you will receive support from the state. 4) In choosing a care home, always make sure that you have a conversation up front with the owners/manager to find out what their policy is in the event of you running out of money. It is far better to have this understanding in advance, than to find out later that you will need to move to another care home. 5) When choosing a care home it’s not a bad idea to turn up without an appointment. This shouldn’t be a problem to a well run and managed care home with adequate staffing resources, as the person in charge should always have the time to welcome you. 6) Don’t just ask what their current charges are, but also what has been their approach to increasing their charges? On average, care homes increase their fees annually by around 5% and this will need to be factored in. 7) Make sure you are claiming all of the state benefits you are entitled to. A specialist care fees adviser can help you with this. 8) Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you have to use your partners/spouses money to pay for your own care. You can only be assessed on the income and savings in your own name, not your total combined income and savings. Again a specialist care fees adviser will be able to advise on which of your assets/income will need to be included and which can be disregarded. 9) Don’t make any gifts of your savings or capital without first taking professional advice from a specialist care fees adviser. Trying to avoid having to pay for your care in this way is classed as ‘deliberate asset deprivation’ and is likely to lead to major problems. 10) Finally, make sure that your Will is up to date and reflects your wishes. Also someone should be appointed to hold power of attorney for you. There are two types (financial matters and health & welfare). Both types are equally important. Again a good quality care fees adviser will be able to guide you on the best way to review or arrange Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney.
www.societyoflaterlifeadvisers.co.uk 2) Don’t just choose the first adviser on the list because they are closest to you. Far more important is to make sure that he or she is fully independent and not restricted. Most independent advisers are willing to travel to meet with you and will offer an initial no obligation consultation, held at their own expense, so give them a call to find out how they operate.
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Monthly Horoscopes By Russell Grant ARIES March 21st - April 20th
LIBRA Sept 23rd - Oct 23rd
A friendly relationship could turn romantic on Valentine's Day when someone you've known for years confesses a crush on you. This could be the beginning of a beautiful partnership. Mid-February could mark big changes on the social front for you, thanks to a Solar Eclipse on the 15th. It's possible you will gain admission to an exclusive society. Rubbing elbows with exceptionally talented people will be stimulating. This could be your chance to acquire the cutting edge skills you need to succeed in a hi-tech field. The second half the month should be quiet, calm and reflective. Take this opportunity to catch up on your reading, take a few naps and commune with nature. Connecting with your spiritual side can help you deal with some old traumas that you experienced years ago. Now you have gained more insight, wisdom and perspective, you can overcome this deep pain. Stop letting others take control over your life.
Valentine's Day will be especially romantic for you. Whether you're single or attached, you're sure to have a lovely time with someone who greatly admires you. If you've had difficulty meeting interesting people, that could change after accepting an online request for a date. Do you have a partner? Your amour will have an exciting announcement that changes the course of your life together. Toast to your mutual good fortune. The Solar Eclipse on the 15th could bring surprising news of an engagement, marriage or pregnancy. Alternatively, it could mean you finally get the favourable publicity you deserve for your artwork. The second half of February finds you doing what you love and loving what you do. If you've been unemployed, you'll be offered a rewarding job. Not only will you enjoy your responsibilities, but you'll feel a deep affinity for your colleagues. One or two of them will become lifelong friends.
TAURUS April 21st - May 21st
SCORPIO Oct 24th - Nov 21st
Don't turn down an invitation to attend a glamorous Valentine's Day party. If you're single, you'll have your choice of admirers. Are you already in a serious relationship? Your partner will be proud to show you off. Wear something eye catching that enhances your natural good looks. Basking in the spotlight could be the prelude to a passionate evening. On the 15th, a Solar Eclipse marks an exciting career opportunity. Working with a team of pioneers will make you more adventurous. Instead of sticking to tried and trusted methods, you'll be more willing to experiment with bold ideas. The later part of February will find you spending quality time with friends. Talking with other like-minded innovative individuals will inspire you to launch a creative project of your own. Be open to the helpful feedback you receive from similarly imaginative people. Their advice will help you turn some good work into an impressive masterpiece.
Treat yourself like royalty on Valentine's Day. Getting a spa treatment, splashing out on creature comforts and enjoying a gourmet meal will make this one of the happiest days of the year. This is a golden opportunity to break out of a rut. When you treat yourself well, others will do the same. On the 15th, a Solar Eclipse could mark an unexpected change in your home life. Moving to another neighbourhood, operating a business out of your home and living out of a suitcase are among the possibilities. There's also a chance you could welcome a child or elderly relative into your home. Any addition to your household is destined to enhance it in a wonderful way. The final days of February will be highly romantic. If you've developed a crush on someone, ask them on a date. Are you dating someone seriously? You could get engaged or married. Single? You won't be for long.
GEMINI May 22nd - June 23rd You'll have a lovely Valentine's Day, whether single or attached. If you're footloose and fancy free, go out and have a good time with friends. Celebrating the love in your life will lift your spirits and get your creative juices flowing. Are you in a relationship? Your amour will encourage you to go after a cherished dream. Take their advice; their support will catapult you to success. The Solar Eclipse on the 15th could find you taking a trip that changes the course of your life. Alternatively, a publishing or broadcasting venture could bring you fame and acclaim. If you have a chance to earn an advanced degree, go for it. Your employer could cover the cost of your tuition. February's final days may find you basking in the spotlight. Those you live and work with will be impressed with your artistic ability. Assuming leadership of a creative department will be rewarding. Your kind and caring approach brings out the best in the team.
CANCER June 24th - July 22nd Valentine's Day presents a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with your amour. There's a good chance you'll get engaged or exchange vows at this magical time. If you've already made a commitment, you may decide to undergo a radical lifestyle change together. Moving to another country or starting a business together are among the possibilities. The Solar Eclipse on the 15th could mark a handsome windfall from an insurance policy, legal settlement or inheritance. Use this money to achieve the professional independence you've always wanted. As February draws to a close, you'll yearn to expand your horizons. Going on an overseas trip, enrolling in an advanced course or gaining expert knowledge will lift your spirits. As a general rule, you prefer familiar vistas and comforting routines. That will change this month, when an urge for adventure prompts you to do something totally out of character.
LEO July 23rd - August 23rd A wildly romantic Valentine's Day is in the cards for you. If you're dating someone special, there's a good chance you'll get engaged or married. Are you single? You could meet someone special at a religious, cultural or educational event. Keep your eyes open for someone who marches to the beat of their own drum. On the 15th, a Solar Eclipse marks an exciting turning point in a partnership. This is a great time to tie the knot or enter into a business agreement. The terms of this union will be unconventional, which helps emphasise your star power. The second half of February makes your love life sizzle with excitement. It will be difficult to contain your passion for someone who makes their entry into your world. If you're in a serious relationship, your partner could get a windfall that allows you to travel in style together. Visit a city that is famous for its glamour and intrigue.
VIRGO August 24th - Sept 22nd You'll be looking especially nice on Valentine's Day. Don't be surprised when your amour finds it impossible to keep their hands off you. Are you single? You could meet someone special through your job. Keep your eyes open for someone with a friendly demeanour who is more interested in ideas than appearances. On the 15th, a Solar Eclipse will inspire you to adopt a new health regime. Changing your diet, taking more exercise and getting more sleep will make you feel years younger. It will also increase your productivity and enhance your natural good looks. The second half of February marks a dramatic improvement in your love life. Getting engaged or married is a distinct possibility. If you are already in a serious relationship, your amour could get a raise. Their additional income means good news for you. Book a luxury holiday you've both wanted to take for years.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 22nd - Dec 21st Valentine's Day will be fun and flirtatious. Going to a lively nightclub will put you in the mood for love. You'll enjoy exchanging witty remarks with an intelligent, intriguing newcomer. Are you single? You'll meet someone special on a group outing with friends. Play hard to get with someone who tries catching your eye. Being pursued is good for your ego. A Solar Eclipse on the 15th marks a big change in your daily routine. Having more time for creative hobbies and sports will make your eyes sparkle with excitement. It will be such a relief to escape a demanding schedule that didn't leave any room for fun. Late February invites you to take care of domestic matters. Finding a new place to live or making space for a relative or roommate are among the possibilities. Don't be surprised when your restless energy eases with the approach of March. Staying home will actually be pleasurable.
CAPRICORN Dec 22nd - Jan 20th Don't be surprised when this Valentine's Day is especially fulfilling. Someone who understands your deep desire to have a vibrant family life will make your dream come true. If you're happy and single, take this opportunity to throw a festive party for friends. Bringing together your nearest and dearest will give everyone a much needed lift. On the 15th, a Solar Eclipse will attract an unexpected moneymaking opportunity. Any hi-tech venture is destined to put more money in your bank account. If you've ever wanted to launch your own business, this would be an ideal time to so, as you'll attract enthusiastic investors. The second half of February finds you reading, studying and learning. Expanding your knowledge will be a labour of love. It's easy to absorb information when you're learning about a fascinating subject. A supportive teacher will encourage you to develop your creative skills. Take their advice.
AQUARIUS Jan 21st - Feb 18th You'll have no trouble attracting admirers this Valentine's Day. If you're single, go on a date with someone who challenges your assumptions. Lively, spirited debates make you excited about the future. At long last, you've met a someone who engages both your mind and body. Are you already in a relationship? Your amour will have thrilling news. Go out and celebrate a publishing venture or favourable publicity. On the 15th, a Solar Eclipse will prompt you to revamp your appearance. Getting a different hairstyle, undergoing a cosmetic procedure or overhauling your wardrobe will be lots of fun. Everyone will treat you differently as a result of this change. Doors that were once closed to you will suddenly fly open. Don't be surprised if you're able to get a date with an elusive unexpectedly able to move forward on a whole host of fronts from love and romance to work and finance.
PISCES Feb 19th - March 20th Instead of having a lavish Valentine's Day at a public place, you will prefer a candlelit dinner for two at a quiet little restaurant. Don't be surprised if your amour gives you a lavish token of their affection. Are you single? You could meet someone special at a charitable organisation or spiritual group. Keep your eyes open for someone who is unusual and independent. The Solar Eclipse on the 15th is ideal for listening to your intuition. If you're unsure which direction to take, sneak off to a private hideaway and turn your attention inward. A small, assured voice will tell you what to do. It's also wise to pay careful attention to your dreams during the middle of February; they are urging you to take an untried path. Your charisma will be at an all-time high during the second half of the month. Make a sales pitch, ask for a date or request a favour.
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MOTORS Ginetta Begin Celebrating 60th Anniversary With Visit From HRH The Princess Royal
HRH The Princess Royal visited Garforth-based Ginetta to begin celebrations of the marque’s 60th anniversary year. The car manufacturer has been building British race cars since 1958, producing world class cars which now race on every continent.
■ HRH Princess Anne and LNT Group Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson talking to a couple of ginetta car drivers. Image © Yorkshire Reporter
The Princess enjoyed a tour with Ginetta and LNT Group Chairman, Lawrence Tomlinson. Throughout the tour she saw each stage of car design and build across the whole Ginetta range. Commencing in the research and design facility, Her Royal Highness was guided through the factory, specifically viewing the construction of the latest Ginetta prototypes, including the G58 and recently launched G60-LT-P1 ranges.
■ HRH Princes Anne and LNT Group & Ginetta Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson unveiling the 60th Anniversary plaque of Ginetta Cars. Image © Yorkshire Reporter
During the tour, The Princess was shown how the components of all the Ginetta range are crafted and tested on-site, observing 3D printing, spending time in the carbon-fibre manufacturing department and witnessing engine-dyno tests first hand. Her Royal Highness met Ginetta team members from across the business during the tour, from CAD designers to engine technicians as well as the Ginetta Factory Drivers and a representative from the Young Driver Development Programme. Seeing how Ginetta was developing skills and nurturing young talent, The Princess Royal was given an insight into what makes this Yorkshire brand tick and how the brand has earned its place as a bastion of British Motorsport.
she showed throughout the tour was inspiring, it is clear that the passionate dedication she to brings to her role shows no sign of abating. Everyone who met HRH has seen her keen interest and impressive technical understanding of our cars. We are all left invigorated and ready to take Ginetta to new heights. “This year, Ginetta will be challenging for an overall podium win at this year’s 24 Heures du Mans in the G60-LT-P1.”
The tour cumulated with a showcase of Ginetta’s roots as she admired the heritage Ginetta collection before Her Royal Highness unveiled a commemorative plaque to celebrate the start of Ginetta’s 60th anniversary year. Taking prominent position beneath the plaque was the G60-LT-P1, Ginetta’s newly launched LMP1 car. In its 60th year of race car manufacturing the G60LT-P1 adds the top rung to the Ginetta motorsport ladder, as a powerful reminder of the brand’s growing strength on the global motorsport scene. Lawrence Tomlinson, LNT Group and Ginetta Chairman said: “I am delighted to have had the opportunity to show HRH The Princess Royal the origins of this fabulous British marque which has fed generations of motorsport passion, created thousands of jobs over the decades and secured Britain – and Yorkshire! - a place on the global motorsport map. What better start to our 60th Anniversary celebrations, fresh from the launch of our new G60LT-P1, than with a visit from The Princess Royal. “HRH truly is a remarkable person. The energy and interest
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Leeds Sports Awards 2018 For the 2018 Leeds Sports Awards, there has been a recordbreaking amount of nominations and votes for a phenomenal year of sport for Leeds athletes and associations. In total, Sport Leeds received 148 nominations and 2,684 votes. With some close contenders, the judges had some tough decisions to make. The full list of 2018 Leeds Sports Awards finalists have now been confirmed and can be found on the Leeds Sports Awards website. As well as the Senior Achievers previously announced, there are 27 worthy finalists in the Young Achievers and Special Contribution categories. The night is sure to be one of immense celebration. Will boxers Josh Warrington and Nicola Adams take home the top awards in the Senior Achievers category? Both boxers have enjoyed an unbeaten 2017, with 2018 looking to be an even bigger year for the two as they look to improve their already impressive records. Leeds United and Leeds Rhinos also have a strong presence within this category, with Pontus Jansonn of United being named in the team of the season for 2016/17 and Stevie Ward helping the Rhinos to Grand Final victory.
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IBF World Featherweight Championship between World Champion Lee Selby and the IBF Mandatory Challenger Josh Warrington is taking place on May 19th.
As far as Warrington is concerned, the winner on the night will be sporting the colours of Leeds United as he represents his city on what he is sure will be a history-making occasion.
Leeds hero Warrington (26-0, 6 KO’s) brought the blockbuster allBritish showdown closer to reality by stopping previously unbeaten Dane Dennis Ceylan in a Final Eliminator clash at the First Direct Arena back in October 2017.
“By winning this fight, not only do I get my hands on a World Title, but it’s a chance to show everyone that I’m the best featherweight in the UK and propel myself onto the World level,” insisted the 27-year-old.
A former English, Commonwealth, British, EBU European and current WBC International Featherweight Champion, Warrington is now determined to join the Featherweight elite by becoming Leeds’ first ever World Champion.
“For the past three or four years our names have always been mentioned together. He’s always been that one step ahead of me and everyone has always looked at him as the number one Featherweight in the UK, but that will change on May 19.
The Yorkshire warrior will be aiming to go one step further than Leeds native Crawford Ashley who challenged for the WBA SuperMiddleweight and Light-Heavyweight World Titles in the 1990s.
“It’s going to be an entertaining fight for the fans but there’s only going to be one winner and that’s me. He’s not a perfect fighter or a polished fighter, he’s got a lot of weak points and I’m going to exploit them.
Welshman Selby (26-1, 9 KO’s) claimed the IBF Featherweight crown against Russia’s Evgeny Gradovich at the 02 Arena in May 2015 and has subsequently made four successful defences of the title, the most recent being against Eduardo Ramirez at the Copper Box Arena in December. The Barry stylist and Warrington have been embroiled in a long-running hateful social media spat, with Selby accusing the Yorkshireman of ‘bottling’ an opportunity to face him in 2016. But now the bitter rivals will settle their feud once and for all in the first ever World Title fight to be held in Leeds. Both men know there is potentially a greater prize on offer than the belt itself, with victory in May likely to provide a passport towards a summertime showdown with former two-weight World Champion and Frank Warren stablemate Carl Frampton MBE. “Let’s see what Josh is made of,” stated Selby on his mandatory date being set. “He’s done everything that has been asked of him so far. He’s picked up my vacated titles and beat a lot of my past opponents. To his credit, he’s earned his position as my Mandatory Challenger and deserves his shot. “If Josh comes steaming out like he has done in the past that will just play into my hands as I’ll pick him off like I have done with numerous past opponents. If he opts to box on the back foot I definitely can’t see him outboxing me. In fact, there’s no way I can see him beating me. “The plan is to beat Warrington and then go over to Belfast and beat Frampton too. If I beat Frampton then the World is my oyster. This is a huge year for me and by the end of it I’ll prove to everyone that I’m the number one featherweight in the UK.”
“The city of Leeds has been craving a World Champion for years and on May 19 I’m going to make history. I’m going to give absolutely everything to achieve my dream - I’m grabbing this opportunity with both hands.” Promoter Frank Warren added: “This is a fight that has all the ingredients of a classic. It’s the one that we have all been waiting for. There really is no love lost between these two and on May 19 they finally get to settle their feud. “This is a fan friendly fight and guaranteed to entertain those in attendance and watching at home. Whether the relentless volume punching of Josh can unhinge the stylish probing of Lee, we’ll have to wait and see. Josh has been working towards this fight his whole life and has the chance to achieve his boyhood dream in his home city. “Josh forced the issue by becoming Lee’s mandatory challenger and this is the shot he has been waiting for. It is a fight and an event that I’m really excited about, the atmosphere on the night will be worth the admission money alone!” “This announcement comes hot on the heels of news of the allBritish WBO Middleweight World Title fight between Billy Joe Saunders and Martin Murray in April. Ourselves and BT Sport are committed to staging and televising the very best domestic fights, and in Selby vs. Warrington and Saunders vs. Murray we are doing so.” Tickets for the fight Selby vs Warrington will be well sought after as his many Leeds fans will want to be there to show Josh their support. The fight will also be shown live and exclusive on BT Sport and BoxNation.
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