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Hull's Freedom Festival gets underway

Celebrating freedom

Hull's Freedom Festival gets underway today. Now in its eighth year, it is one of the biggest events in the city and is a three day celebration of freedom as the birthplace of anti-slavery pioneer William Wilberforce MP.

There will be more than 200 music, dance, and street art acts spread across 30 venues and stages

Police search for missing pensioner

Have you seen Shirley? Credit: Humberside Police

Police say they are very concerned about a 72-year-old woman who disappeared from her home in Hornsea yesterday afternoon.

Shirley Sowden was last seen in Rolston Road at 4pm yesterday when she left the house telling her son she had an errand to run. She was driving a blue/purple Nissan Micra, registration Y407 JNW.

She is 5ft 6ins tall, medium build, with grey hair and spectacles. When last seen she was wearing a pale green jacket or sweatshirt.

"There is concern for Mrs Sowden as her disappearance and subsequent lack of contact with family or friends is regarded as highly unusual and out of character. She has been ill in recent days and there is a possibility she may have become poorly while out and may now be incapacitated somewhere and in need of assistance. She has also previously suffered from depression for which she has taken medication."

– Humberside Police

Police patrols have been searching the area in and around Hornsea for several hours.

Anyone who knows where she is or who thinks they may have seen her or her vehicle since 4pm yesterday, is asked to contact Humberside Police on telephone 101 immediately referring to log 421 of September 3 2015.


Family of Rosa Parks at Lincoln's Festival800

Act of defiance

Relatives of the late American civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks will be sharing memories about her life and legacy at Lincoln's Festival800 today.

In 1955, Rosa famously refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order to give up her seat in the coloured section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled.

Her act of defiance became an important symbol of the modern Civil Rights Movement, and she became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation, later collaborating with civil rights leaders, including Edgar Nixon and Martin Luther King, Jr.

A host of national and international artists and human rights activists are visiting Lincoln for the Festival800, which is an artistic celebration of the Magna Carta and features Rosa in a giant Magna Carta sand sculpture.

Report into death of brothers in house fire

Brothers killed by their father

A serious case review following the deaths of two brothers in a house fire, deliberately started by their father, will be made public today.

Twelve-year-old Jack Sykes and nine-year-old Paul died at the home of their divorced father Darren in Penistone, near Barnsley, last October. He had lured his sons there by telling them he had bought them a new train set.

Instead Sykes, who was separated from the boys' mother, poured petrol throughout the house, setting it on fire then locked himself and the boys in the attic.

Today's report, by Barnsley Safeguarding Children's Board, is into the circumstances leading to the deaths.


Gary Barlow announces first of musical's cast

Gary Barlow has revealed that two local actors are among the cast for his musical "The Girls". In a tweet he says he is proud to announce Ben Hunter, from Hull, as Danny and Josh Benson, from York, as Tommo.

Ben replied saying he was 'buzzing".

"The Girls" is based on the story of the Rylstone WI members in North Yorkshire who bared all in a calendar for charity. The musical, written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, will have its premiere at Leeds Grand on November 14th.

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