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Teenage rider wins place on British eventing team

The Northern Echo: RIDING HIGH: Storm Straker, who has been selected for the British squad for the European junior show jumping competition

1:47pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE niece of an OIympic silver medallist has been selected for the British eventing team, only 18 months after taking up the discipline.

Pupils turn a profit for charity

The Northern Echo: Profitable school: Head teacher Christine Gabbott with money making  pupils at Pickhill Primary

11:59am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

ENTERPRISING pupils have won a charity trophy after turning a £20 donation into hundreds of pounds.

Man fighting for life after fall from roof

The Northern Echo: Ambulances outside The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. (6011246)

5:46pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A 62-YEAR-OLD man is fighting for his life after falling from the roof of a bungalow.

Village hall fundraiser fears after Great North Run move

The Northern Echo: RUN APPEAL: Dionne Reid and Eileen Morley with villagers promoting the Tholthorpe 10k run

3:46pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE organisers of an annual 10km race, staged to help maintain a community hub, have issued a plea to runners to sign up.

Images released of man wanted over early morning train sex act

The Northern Echo: POLICE APPEAL: A CCTV image of a man wanted over a sex act on a York to Thirsk train

4:38pm Monday 21st July 2014

DETECTIVES have released images of a man wanted over a sex act on an early morning train.

Beauty spot turned into cyclists' paradise

The Northern Echo: RIDING HIGH: Seth Baum, four, Adrian Carter and Nicola Richardson test one of the new trails near Sutton Bank – Picture: Tony Bartholomew

2:59pm Friday 18th July 2014

THOUSANDS of cyclists are set to descend on a beauty spot best known for its gliding and hiking opportunities.

Teenage eventer challenges for British team

12:19pm Thursday 17th July 2014

THE niece of an OIympic silver medallist is challenging for selection for the British eventing team, only 18 months after taking up the discipline.

Football skills world record holder visits boy for masterclass

The Northern Echo: SKILLS SESSION: Football freestyler Dan Magness coaches Max Lawson, ten, in his back garden

2:00pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A FOOTBALL mad boy has been helped towards his ultimate goal after winning a coaching session in his back garden with a world record holding football tricks expert.

Fundraiser climbs Roseberry Topping 28 times – the equivalent of climbing Everest – to boost appeal for South Otterington cancer sufferer girl Gaby Alderson

The Northern Echo: ROSEBERRY TOPPING: Anthony Garbutt scaled Roseberry Topping 28 times to raise cash for Gaby Alderson. Picture credit: Emma Turner.

7:03am Monday 14th July 2014

A FUNDRAISER has managed to conquer Everest – without leaving North Yorkshire – to raise more than £1,000 for a girl’s brave battle against a rare and aggressive cancer.

Multinational firm celebrates 40th anniversary

The Northern Echo: FIRM MILESTONE: GSM Group chairman Barry Dodd

3:40pm Monday 7th July 2014

A FIRM which has grown into a multinational business employing over 500 people since being launched by two entrepreneurs above a small shop has marked its 40th anniversary.

Authorities share live footage of Tour hotspots to ensure safety

The Northern Echo: LIVE IMAGES: Stewart McCone, managing director of Vemotion, whose CCTV technology will be used to ensure crowd and rider safety on the opening stages of the Tour de France

1:51pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

POLICE forces and councils across Yorkshire will share live footage from numerous sites on the opening stages of the Tour de France to ensure the safety of the spectators and riders.

First World War exhibition plea for women and children documents

1:50pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

THE organisers of an exhibition to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War are appealing for historic documents to illustrate how the conflict affected women and children.

Top dog trainer to compete against the worlds best

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6:04pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A disabled dog agility trainer who battled against her illness for 16 years has been chosen to take part in a world cup event in Italy.

Swing act added to Picnic In The Park charity concert bill

The Northern Echo: CHARITABLE CAUSE: Action Medical Research fundraisers at last year's Picnic In The Park

6:08pm Friday 27th June 2014

THE organisers of an open-air concert to fund research to help reduce the number of premature births have announced a jazz swing act will support a Rod Stewart tribute act.

Kilburn White Horse is given a paint job

The Northern Echo: PAINT JOB: The White Horse at Kilburn which is being given a new coat of white paint

5:58pm Friday 20th June 2014

BRIGHTENING up most North Yorkshire landmarks does not involve safety harnesses and a good head for heights – but volunteers at a spot near Thirsk take it in their stride.

Bowling group plans fundraising all-night bowls session

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISERS: Members of Thirsk Athletic Bowling Club, who are planning an all-night fundraising bowls session

12:19pm Friday 20th June 2014

A GROUP of bowlers aged between 60 and 82 are to stage a marathon 12-hour overnight bowls contest.

Traders welcome launch of free Wi-Fi in Thirsk town centre

The Northern Echo: WEB ACCESS: Councillor Mark Robson, Jill Miller, of Thirsk and District Business Association and Andrew Newton, of Telecom Yorkshire, test electronic devices in Thirsk town centre

10:11am Friday 20th June 2014

TRADERS have welcomed the launch of free Wi-Fi internet access in a town which is dependent on attracting tourists.

Artist to have brush with fame

The Northern Echo: BRUSH WORK: Robin Puplett's self portrait, which has impressed competition judges

3:47pm Thursday 19th June 2014

A FORMER professional cyclist who has turned his hand to painting has overcome competition from thousands of artists to secure a place painting celebrity portraits in the finals of a national art contest.

Cleaner clocks up 40 years service at historic hotel

The Northern Echo: LONG SERVICE: Joanne Lee, manager of The Golden Fleece, congratulates head of housekeeping Kathleen Hall, with Homfray Hotels director Richard Murray Wells

4:15pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

A WOMAN who has spent 40 years of her working life making one of the oldest coaching inns in England look its best has been recognised for her dedication.

Popular skate park needs volunteers to keep it safe

The Northern Echo: RAMPING UP: Skateboarders and BMX and scooter riders at Thirsk8 park's contest

3:32pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

A POPULAR skate park which been linked with a fall in antisocial behaviour is appealing for volunteers to help run it.

Chinese get a taste of Herriot 's Yorkshire

The Northern Echo: HERRIOT FANS: The Chinese journalists gather by a image of the author.

12:50pm Monday 16th June 2014

JOURNALISTS from China have been getting a quintessential taste of Yorkshire – courtesy of the late and great James Herriot.

Special brew honour for Tenpole Tudor frontman

The Northern Echo: PUNK VETERAN: Eddie Tudor Pole, the frontman of Tenpole Tudor, who will be playing at the Willowman Festival

2:15pm Friday 13th June 2014

A BREWERY is bringing out a real ale in honour of punk veteran Eddie Tudor Pole – who is performing at a nearby music festival this summer.

Waste firm urged to move from industrial estate after second fire

The Northern Echo: SECOND FIRE: Smoke billowing from FD Todd, Thirsk

7:05pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

A 115-YEAR-OLD waste firm is being urged to move from an industrial estate after being hit by a second major blaze in three years.

Award handed to inspirational care worker

The Northern Echo: CARE ACCOLADE: Disability Action Yorkshire’s Heather Fleetham is presented with her award by charity chairman Martyn Weller Bryn and home care team acting manager Karen Minteh

2:27pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

A CARE charity worker, described as 'inspirational' by colleagues, has received an accolade to recognise her efforts.

Inspirational Nic recognised by award for helping others

The Northern Echo: Award Night: Nic is presented with his award by Lucy Alexander from Homes Under the Hammer

1:02pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

A YOUNG man who rebuilt his life after being paralysed from the chest down in a horrific crash has been presented with a national award for his inspirational work.

Tributes paid to long-serving fish and chip shop owner

The Northern Echo: TRIBUTES: Alan Lightfoot

12:42pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a pilot and motorcycling enthusiast who ran a fish and chip shop for 43 years.

Firefighters tackle 150-tonne rubbish blaze

The Northern Echo: RUBBISH BLAZE: Smoke fills the sky above waste services firm FD Todd, in Thirsk Industrial Estate Picture: Richard Doughty

5:37pm Monday 9th June 2014

FIREFIGHTERS are tackling a large blaze at a 115-year-old waste firm which was devastated by fire three years ago.

Firefighters tackling major blaze at 114-year-old Thirsk firm

The Northern Echo: Firefighters tackling major blaze at 114-year-old Thirsk firm

10:27am Monday 9th June 2014

FIREFIGHTERS are tackling a large blaze at a 114-year-old waste firm which was devastated by fire three years ago.

Fundraisers expand fireworks event on to racecourse

The Northern Echo: NEW VENUE: Thirsk Rotary Club will stage its Bonfire Night event at Thirsk Racecourse

5:20pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

A FUNDRAISING Bonfire Night event is moving to a racecourse in a bid to secure more money for good causes.

Brewery's pint-size support for Willowman Festival

4:40pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

A FORMER business consultant who launched a microbrewery three years ago has secured a deal to provide ale for music festival headlined by Bob Marley’s band.

Growth fund offers grants to help businesses create jobs

The Northern Echo: ENTERPRISE CASH: Phil Lee of the Great Yorkshire Brewery  which expanded after receiving a grant

1:59pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

ENTERPRISE bosses in North Yorkshire are urging small and medium-sized businesses to apply for special grants if they want to expand after 130 jobs were created in the latest round of hand outs.

Practical joke backfires for cabinet maker

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

3:27pm Saturday 31st May 2014

A MAN who terrified a shopper and a security guard by pointing an intimation firearm at them has been jailed for 16 months.

Motorists warned of possible delays

2:35pm Friday 30th May 2014

RESURFACING work is expected to cause delays for motorists in the Thirsk area.

Dogs have their day at summer show

The Northern Echo: DOGGY FUN: An earlier Jerry Green fund-raiser.

1:03pm Friday 30th May 2014

MAN’S best friend will take centre stage at a summer fair with a difference.

Grateful patient raises £16k for air ambulance

The Northern Echo: AMBULANCE THANKS: Michael Wood mingles with guests at his fund-raising party which raised £16,000 for theYorkshire Air Ambulance charity.

4:29pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

A YEAR after suffering horrific injuries in a riding accident businessman Michael Wood has raised £16,000 for an air ambulance service which helped save his life.

A170 closed at Sutton Bank by jack-knifed tanker

The Northern Echo: The jackknifed tanker being recovered on Sutton Bank. Picture: VAISALA

1:40pm Monday 26th May 2014

ONE of the major routes to the coast in North Yorkshire, the A170 was closed in both directions for several hours after a tanker jackknifed on Sutton Bank, near Thirsk.

Church plays host to all the colours of the rainbow for exhibition

The Northern Echo: Rainbow exhibition: St Mary's church at Thirsk.

1:30pm Monday 26th May 2014

A UNIQUE exhibition is being held at a North Yorkshire church focusing on all aspects of rainbows.

Young recyclers change gear for the Tour de France

The Northern Echo: UP-CYCLED CYCLIST: Laura Shepherd with the cyclist made from recycled material at Rural Arts,Thirsk. Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY

11:57am Wednesday 21st May 2014

AN arts charity is set to welcome the Tour de France to North Yorkshire with a life-size sculpture of a cyclist made from unwanted toys.

Moves to reinvigorate Thirsk Market Place start ahead of tourist season

The Northern Echo: GREEN PAST: Some of the birch trees in Thirsk Market Place before they were felled

5:13pm Tuesday 20th May 2014

MEASURES to improve the appearance of a historic market square are under way following an outcry over the sudden felling of five mature trees.

Journey South launch World Cup beer

The Northern Echo: BEER LAUNCH: Journey South, Andy and Carl Pemberton, launching Alternative England World Cup beer at The Golden Lion, Helperby.
Picture:RICHARD DOUGHTY (6265811)

4:58pm Friday 16th May 2014

A PUB has backed Chubby Brown and Journey South’s World Cup football anthem by launching a real ale.

Trees row moves to House of Commons

5:00pm Thursday 15th May 2014

THE uproar over the removal of trees from a market place has moved to the House of Commons, where a petition will be presented on behalf of residents.

Honour for Abigail's dedicated service

The Northern Echo: Awards chairman Malcolm Sollitt, Rotary president Sara Jane Trueman and Abigail Homer, with flower bouquet.

12:07pm Thursday 15th May 2014

A WOMAN who has dedicated herself to working for her local community has been honoured for her efforts.

Couple get engaged at Thirsk Racecourse - venue of their first date more than 20 years ago

The Northern Echo: HAPPY COUPLE: Paul Emerson and Sheila Collins

4:03pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

A SURPRISE proposal had a happy ending when a couple returned to the scene of their first date at Thirsk Racecourse after more than 20 years.

Haven for animals appeals for help

The Northern Echo: HELPING ANIMALS: Aaminah Snowdon with her hedgehog painting.

11:57am Wednesday 14th May 2014

A RESCUE and rehabilitation centre for wild animals is appealing for donations to create a new treatment room and fund an ambulance following a surge in the number of casualties.

Police HQ protest 'Phantom Placard Pincher' strikes again

The Northern Echo: MYSTERY THEFT: Some of the protest signs which have been stolen from gardens in South Kilvington

3:05pm Monday 12th May 2014

RESIDENTS battling a plan to build a police headquarters in their village have spoken of their dismay after thieves stole protest signs from their gardens.

Delays mean eyesore misery will continue

The Northern Echo: ACTION CALL: Councillors Janet Watson and Gareth Dadd outside the former cadet hut on Castlegarth, Thirsk.

12:02am Monday 12th May 2014

THE Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) has said residents will have to wait a further two months before an eyesore building that has become a magnet for anti-social behaviour is demolished.

Tory women's fury at 'appalling treatment' of MP Anne McIntosh

The Northern Echo: Anne McIntosh MP. Photo by John Stillwell/PA Wire.

5:43pm Friday 9th May 2014

A GROUP of female Conservative activists have disbanded a key fundraising committee over the “appalling treatment” of Yorkshire’s only Tory woman MP.

Craig Charles joins festival line-up

The Northern Echo: Craig Charles will bring his Funk and Soul Show to the event.

2:17pm Friday 9th May 2014

A FIELD in North Yorkshire will be turned into a huge open-air disco – with the help of actor, comedian and DJ Craig Charles

Family-run diabetes charity dissolves after achieving its goal

The Northern Echo: CHARITY SUCCESS: From left, Keith Carley, Tommy's fundraising manager Charlotte Taylor, Mandy Cook and Jenny Carley meet to discuss how the Midwifery and Diabetes Educational Trust's funds will be used.

12:19pm Friday 9th May 2014

A FAMILY-run charity dedicated to funding diabetes management training for midwives and other medics has closed after achieving its aim.

Former chip shop owners become first Sowerby Gateway residents

The Northern Echo: FIRST IN: Melanie Powls, of Mulberry Homes, with Charles and Joan Demaine, who have moved into the first house to be completed on the Sowerby Gateway estate, near Thirsk.

2:10pm Wednesday 7th May 2014

A COUPLE who have retired from running fish and chip shops have become the first residents of what will become the largest housing estate in Hambleton district.

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