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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.

Doncaster Pride Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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.


Graffiti artist to hit right note for Leeds Piano Competition

In celebration of Leeds' 18th triennial International Piano Competition, a baby grand piano will be transformed today at Trinity Leeds shopping centre by local graffiti artist, Elliot Wigzell.

Swapping piano keys for spray cans, Elliot will be in the centre from 10am for four hours for an afternoon of live spray-painting.

Once the paint has dried, shoppers of all skill levels will have the opportunity to play the one of a kind piano right in the middle of the centre where it will stay until the 10th September.

Elliot often runs workshops for young adults across the city, and has been invited into Trinity Leeds for the first time to exhibit his unique skill.

Set up by Dame Fanny Waterman in 1961, Leeds International Piano Competition welcomes the finest young pianistic talent to Leeds once every 3 years.

Competitors perform at Leeds University with the finals taking place at Leeds Town Hall where they compete for the £20,000 prize money.

Fire service rescues trapped pooch

Lily ran head first into the gate and got stuck

A Pekingese pooch got into quite a pickle this afternoon after becoming trapped in a garden gate. Owner, Pat Cole, dialled 999 as a last resort after eight-year-old Lily ran head first into the gate and became tightly lodged. Technical rescue officer Ian Stead was quickly on the scene and used a tried and tested technique to tilt Lily by 90 degrees and dislodge her. Fortunately Lily was not hurt by her ordeal and is back home safe and sound.

Lily is safe and sound after her ordeal


Sweetcorn champion won't be eating it 'for a long time'

Scott Powell, the 2015 UK Corn on the Cob eating champion, says he will not be eating corn on the cob again 'for a long time' and in fact, doesn't like corn on the cob as 'it gets in your teeth'.

Powell, who ate ten corn on the cobs in the annual competition, says his technique was to 'eat as much as I can', though the victory left him feeling 'full and sick'.

You can see more of the competition below:

Castleford man is champion sweetcorn eater

Scott Powell, winner of the 2015 UK Corn on the Cob eating contest

The annual UK Sweetcorn Eating Championships took place at York Maze this Saturday. After a series of heats, the finalists lined up behind their pile of corn on the cobs.

What followed was twelve minutes of feverish, high-intensity chomping - but there could only be one winner. 28-year-old Scott Powell from Castleford emerged as champion, consuming 10 cobs in the allotted time. He failed to break the world record and win £1000, but did walk away with the winner’s trophy and a cash prize of £100.

Following his victory Scott Powell said:

“I’m delighted to win but after that I don’t think I’ll be eating corn on the cob for a while. To be honest I prefer sweetcorn, I find corn on the cob gets stuck in your teeth! However I may well enter again next year.”

– Scott Powell, champion

“As the UK’s biggest maze made out of maize plants, also know as corn, its fitting that we should host the UK Sweetcorn Eating championships. We saw some impressive corn action with a variety of techniques on display. However despite some valiant efforts it appears there was no danger of the world record being broken. American Jammin’ Joe LaRue's record of 46 ears of corn set in 2010 still stands.”

– Says York Maze owner Tom Pearcy

The UK Sweetcorn Eating championship was held as part of York Maze’s annual Sweetcorn Festival. Children were also challenged to eat a single corn-on-the-cob in the fastest time. There was live music and the opportunity to eat corn cooked in various ways.

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