THE drive to have Thirsk added to the Broadband computer network is gathering momentum, with campaigners confirming they already have half the signatures they need to bring the technology to the town.

British Telecom said 400 people needed to sign before an application would be considered.

However, that number has now been reduced to 350 and, with 181 names already on the Thirsk petition, only another 169 people need to sign it.

Anyone who would like to join the initiative can do so via the website at or at any of the town centre shops displaying green and black posters highlighting the campaign.

Meanwhile, a seminar on the advantages of Broadband will be held in Hawes next week.

Anyone who would like to know more about the network can attend the seminar at the Dales Countryside Museum from 10am on Tuesday.

Morning sessions include advice on computer programs and problems, safe surfing, e-mail, the Internet and guerrilla marketing, training courses and business advice.

To register for the roadshow, complete an application form at