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International Bell-ringing meeting comes to East Yorkshire

Almost 200 bell ringers will descend on East Yorkshire this weekend for the 118th annual Council of Church Bell Ringers meeting.

Beverley Minster will be high on the 'Ringer's' list

Representatives from as far as Australia, New Zealand and North America will meet to ring every church bell in the county.

'Ringers' will arrive in the city on Friday evening after stopping off along the A63 corridor to ring bells at several churches on the way. Between committee meetings and social events across the city, delegates will embark on a ringing tour of the area, taking the opportunity to cross off - or "tower grab" - as many East Yorkshire churches as possible from their list of Church Bells of Britain.


Double success for Emmerdale at British Soap Awards

Emmerdale are celebrating a double success after picking up two awards at the British Soap Awards.

Verity Rushworth won Best Scene for her performance as Donna Windsor Credit: Press Association

Verity Rushworth picked up the Scene of the Year award for Donna Windsor's goodbye to her on-screen daughter, Amelia Flanagan, who plays April Windsor.

It was a successful evening for Amelia too, who won Best Young Performance for her role as April:

Ducklings rescued from drain

Six ducklings had a lucky escape this week after a walker spotted them in a drain in Keighley.

Unable to find the mother, the walker called the RSPCA who enlisted the help of West Yorkshire Fire Service. They removed the grate and the ducks were rescued.


Hard as nails portrait of former Leeds Utd star

They say an artist has to suffer for his work. Leeds-born artist Marcus Levine has had more than a share of injuries as he creates portraits of the rich and famous, works of art which have been snapped up across the globe.

It's because Marcus, who trained at the former Jacob Kramer Art College in with fellow local Damian Hirst, creates his works using a simple hammer and nails.

Today he is presenting hard as nails ex-Leeds United player turned actor Vinnie Jones with a self-portrait made with a stack of nails.

Marcus, who attended school at Fulneck in Pudsey, created the work at his studio in Bingley. The 80cm x 60cm portrait took two weeks to make.

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