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Large crowds turn out for coal carrying championships

Large crowds have turned out for the 52nd annual World Coal Carrying Championship in Gawthorpe near Ossett, West Yorkshire. The overall winner was Graeme Crane from Dunfermline in Scotland.

Winner Graeme Crane on the final stretch of the race Credit: ITV News Calendar

The championship began in 1963 when two men challenged each other to a race between two pubs in the village while carrying a sack of coal. Today people travel from all over the country and further afield, to race the three quarters of a mile uphill course. Men carry a 50kg sack of coal and women a 20kg sack.


All that glitters is gold in Bramhope quarry

A rich seam of pure gold has been found at a quarry in north Leeds. It was discovered at the quarry in Bramhope, close to Golden Acre Park. Now landscaping company Mone Brothers is hoping to launch a range of solid gold gravel to exploit the find.

Bramhope quarry manager Kevin Mone explained: "We couldn't believe it when we struck gold in Bramhope. These sort of amazing discoveries only happen in South Africa or the USA but it seems we have our very own source of gold in West Yorkshire."

Weightlifting husband and wife duo lift British titles

Now for many people getting older is a chance to take life a littler easier and put their feet up.

But for husband and wife Eric and Lynn Dolman from Tupton, near Chesterfield, that's not for them.

Instead the dynamic duo have just won a British title each.

So what have they been doing? Well it involves heavy metal, lycra and their converted garage.

Martin Fisher went to meet them:

Barnsley school hosts quartet of penguins

A school in Barnsley has hosted a quartet of penguins to mark the release of a Hollywood animated film about the birds on DVD,

The Humboldt penguins were invited by Worsbrough Common Primary's film club to encourage future film makers.

They're part of an initiative to get more kids interested in films as well as promoting the latest animated penguin Tinseltown movie.

Martin Fisher reports:


North York Moors claim 'Capital of Cake' title

Catriona McLees and Rachel Underwood celebrate 'Capital of Cake'

The North York Moors and coast is laying claim to the title of "Britain’s Capital of Cake" in recognition of the myriad different types of cake served in the area, the regional specialities and places where they are served. The tourism initiative launches today and will raise the profile of the multitude of cake-eating locations that include cafés, tea parlours, holiday cottages, abbeys, woods, waterfalls, walled gardens, seashore, stately homes and village greens. The North York Moors Tourism Network, a voluntary organisation supporting more than 400 tourism and related businesses, together with the North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA), are leading the ‘capital’ claim.

Visitors flock to Harrogate for Springtime Live

Visitors have arrived at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate for this year's edition of the Springtime Live event.

Visitors flock to Harrogate for Springtime Live

Throughout the day there is entertainment and animal shows, as well as children's workshops and activities.

Visitors flock to Harrogate for Springtime Live
Visitors flock to Harrogate for Springtime Live
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