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A trailblazing teenager has written a new book telling the story of her life playing football alongside the boys.

Sixteen year old Niamh McKevitt from Sheffield became the only girl in the whole of England to play boy's football in her age group.

And she hopes her book - Playing with the Boys - will encourage more girls to take up the beautiful game.


Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Search underway for Scarborough's new town crier

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Hear ye this news! The search is underway for a new town crier for the coastal town of Scarborough in North Yorkshire!

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Following the retirement of Honorary Freeman of the Borough, Alan Booth MBE, after 31 years of service, Scarborough Borough Council is calling on anyone interested in taking up the honorary position to apply and take part in an outdoor public audition in front of a judging panel on Friday 9 October.

When asked about what qualities are most needed to make a good town crier, Alan Booth MBE, who will be on the judging panel, said:

"Ultimately, we'll be looking for someone that wants to do the job for the love of the town and the borough. They should always have the best interests of the area at heart. As well as the obvious skill of loud hailing, a town crier has to demonstrate exemplary behaviour at all times and be smart in appearance. They must like meeting people, engaging in conversation with young and old and listening to others. A good knowledge of the area's history, culture and attractions would be a distinct advantage although they should also be willing to learn on the job.”

At the audition, each candidate will have to hail two announcements, one written by the judging panel, which will be provided to candidates in advance and one that the candidate has personally written for the occasion.

The council must receive applications, including submission of each candidate’s personal announcement, no later than 30 September.

Bradford Snowboarding Olympian wows with new stunt

Team GB’s Olympic Snowboarder finalist, Jamie Nicholls, has taken indoor snowboarding to a new level with the release of his second stunt video.

It features the 22-year-old, who is from Bradford, completing seven different daring snowboard tricks.

In 2014, Nicholls filmed his first stunt video ‘Hemel Run’ which quickly became a viral phenomenon, receiving over 7 million views.

He aims for the same success with this new video which sees him complete a front-flip with a 540-degree spin in the air, a stunt which has never been done in the UK.

Jamie said: “I am excited to see if everyone likes my 2015 ‘Hemel Run 2’ as much as 2014’s footage! It’s definitely bigger and better than last year’s. I just wanted to do something even more inspiring that would push the limits of UK snowboarding even further.”


Doncaster Pride link up with NUM

Chart star Sonique will close the day's celebrations at today's Doncaster Pride.

Pride will take place in Sir Nigel Gresley Square and is the second year back in the town centre after three at the Keepmoat Stadium. It will run from 1pm to 9:15pm.

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The annual cerlebration of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender culture has teamed up this year with local branch NUM and local collieries, including recently closed Hatfield Colliery, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the miners return to work after the strike.

"It was too good an opportunity to miss. Living in the heart of the Yorkshire coalfield we just had to do something to recreate the London Pride March of 1985 where the massed collieries and marching bands led the Pride London March through the streets of London to show solidarity with the lgbt community who had supported them through the strike.

"We approached the NUM locally and they have been extremely supportive. There will be miners carrying banners, Women Against Pit Closures and possibly even the LGSM members from London will join us.

"We have managed, through the support given to us by the NUM, to book the Sheffield City Pipe Band to lead our march and we've given the mining communities of Doncaster a reason to march, unfurl their banners proudly and lead our walk through the streets of Doncaster."

– Jenny Dewsnap, event organiser

The march is only part of what promises to be a colourful day with a main stage featuring over 8 hours of dance, music and drag as well as the regular array of market stalls, fairground rides and information providers - including Doncaster Pride's own Big Lottery funded Youth Project that is working in Doncaster schools to help support young people, families and educators to stamp out homophobia in schools.

The three year project also provides training for staff as well as sessions for young people to raise awareness of the effects of homophobic bullying as well as how to deal with issues around sexuality.

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