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North Yorkshire parrot fronts Legoland's pirate adventure

Bosses at a major UK tourist attraction are attracting swashbuckling visitors to a pirate camp - by enlisting a pet parrot from North Yorkshire.

Charlie the parrot
Charlie the parrot Credit: Press Association

Charlie the 32-year-old blue and gold macaw saw off competition from three other birds to land the role at Legoland in Windsor in the Castaway Camp, which is part of a new pirate adventure play area.

Charlie's owner Peter Bloom, 55, from Pickering, has had the bird for 30 years since he bought her in Scotland where she was hatched.

Mr Bloom said he believed the macaw was chosen for the role as she can roll over and play dead.

Charlie gives a hand at the checkouts
Charlie gives a hand at the checkouts Credit: Press Association

Lauren Moss from Legoland said: "Picking the perfect parrot for the post was incredibly tough. The resort and this hotel is all about colour, fun, surprises and, of course, making children smile, which any one of these birds could do.

"But Charlie just had that extra touch of piratey mischief and we think she will fit right in when she takes up her special Lego parrot perch next month.

She'll meet and greet guests here in our reception area and we know they will love her."

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Mystery wedding dress has story all of its own

When staff at a charity shop received a donation of a 1950s wedding dress made out of silk they knew there had to be a special story behind it.

There was a letter and a grainy photo enclosed with the dress - but no clue to the identity of the anonymous benefactor.

After an appeal, the mystery donor has come forward and today staff were able to thank him and hear his story in person for the first time. Helen Steel reports.

Benefactor of mystery dress left in charity shop found

When staff at a charity shop received a donation of a 1950's wedding dress made out of silk they knew there had to be a special story behind it.

There was a letter and a grainy photo enclosed with the dress - but no clue to the identity of the anonymous benefactor.

After an appeal the mystery donor has come forward and staff were able to thank him and hear his story in person for the first time.

Gaynor Barnes reports:

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Colne Valley MP lines up for Parliamentary pancake race

Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney
Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney will join fellow MPs today to take part in the annual Houses of Parliament pancake race, which will highlight the needs of people living with brain injury, mental health issues and a wide range of disabilities supported by Rehab's services.

The annual Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race between teams of MPs, the Lords and the media will take place at 10am in Westminster's Victoria Tower Gardens.

Having won in 2012 and 2013, the MPs team will be going all out to claim victory and make it a three-in-a-row.

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