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Miners' Memorial Garden opened

A memorial garden to remember pitmen who lost their lives and those who worked in the mining industry has been officially opened near Wakefield today.

Residents from former mining communities were at the ceremony at the National Coal Mining Museum.

The centrepiece is a steel artwork called 'Lives Lived, Lives Lost', which holds coloured discs containing the names of miners and their colliery.

It is hoped the garden will remind future generations of what mining meant to our region.


National miners memorial opened

Hundreds of people attened the opening this afternoon a Miners' Memorial Garden at the National Coal Mining Museum near Wakefield.

The opening of the Miners' Memorial Garden Credit: Sarah Clark

The Garden celebrates and commemorates the lives of those who were part of the industry, including the close-knit families and communities who supported the miners.

The Memorial Garden was officially opened by the Museum's Chair and former Wakefield MP, David Hinchcliffe.

The centrepiece of the Garden is a steel artwork called 'Lives Lived Lives Lost', which will hold personal coal mining memories in the form of symbolic glass checks, held within the steel frame.

The centrepiece of the the Miners' Memorial Garden Credit: Sarah Clark
Some of the mining memories held in the artwork Credit: Sarah Clark
The Lives Lived, Lives Lost installation Credit: Sarah Clark
The Lives Lived, Lives Lost installation Credit: Sarah Clark


Winners of White Rose Awards

Selfies with Gary Barlow Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

Newly-appointed Honorary Yorkshire Men Gary Barlow and Tim Firth were joined by a host of sporting and television personalities at last night's White Rose Awards.

They included Lizzie Jones, the widow of rugby league star Danny Jones, Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos players as well as stars from Emmerdale and World Championship silver medal winning Leeds gymnast Nile Wilson.

Gary Barlow, Sir Gary Verity and Tim Firth Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

What a night! To have one of the world’s biggest pop icons walk onto the stage at the White Rose Awards was an incredible moment and such a buzz for all the finalists who are here to celebrate the best of Yorkshire tourism “I am very proud to welcome Gary Barlow and Tim Firth as honorary Yorkshiremen. Gary and Tim have done a great job of telling an extraordinary tale about a group of ordinary Yorkshire women and I am sure The Girls will be a major success.

– Sir Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire

Welcome to Yorkshire’s White Rose Awards honour the best tourism businesses in the county covering 16 categories including Tourism Event of the Year, Large Visitor Attraction and Restaurant with Rooms. Here's the the full list of winners

  • Small Visitor Attraction Award: Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens
  • Large Visitor Attraction Award: The Forbidden Corner
  • Taste of Yorkshire Award: Lottie Shaw's Bakery
  • Self Catering, Cruisers and Serviced Apartments Award: The Dovecote Barns
  • Yorkshire Pub of the Year Award: Shibden Mill Inn
  • Yorkshire Restaurant of the Year Award: The Hare Restaurant
  • Tourism Event of the Year Award: The best race in the world, the Juddmonte International
  • Caravan Holiday Park and Holiday Village Award: Humble Bee Farm
  • B&B Guest Accommodation of the Year Award: Low Mill Guesthouse
  • Large Hotel of the Year Award: The Black Swan, Helmsley
  • Small Hotel of the Year Award: Yorebridge House
  • Business Tourism Award: The Coniston Hotel and Country Estate
  • Restaurant with Rooms of the Year Award: The Cleveland Tontine
  • Visitor Information Award: Thirsk Tourist Information Centre
  • Arts and Culture Award: Hull Truck Theatre
  • Outstanding Customer Service Award: Wentbridge House Team.

Barlow and Firth made 'honorary Yorkshiremen'

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth have been given the title of 'honorary Yorkshiremen' following their surprise appearance at the White Rose Business awards in Leeds.

Tim Firth (left) and Gary Barlow have been made honorary Yorkshiremen Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

The duo, who are originally from Cheshire, are debuting their new musical, 'The Girls' in Leeds on Saturday.

Watched by the original Calendar Girls, Gary Barlow told the audience:

This is amazing. I’ve got many awards but believe me this is going right in the middle of them. The reaction here tonight shows why we’re here. I’ve always played to great audiences here in Yorkshire and I’m hoping for that for the show.

– Gary Barlow

Tim Firth added:

As the son of a man from Doncaster and Leeds United supporter this is a very proud night for me.

– Tim Firth

Doors open at Broadway shopping centre

Alexandra Burke at grand opening

X Factor star Alexandra Burke wowed the crowds after opening the Broadway Centre in Bradford this morning.

The long-awaited shopping centre has been built at a cost of £260 million and includes more than 70 shops. Civic dignitaries and shoppers gathered to see Alexandra declare the development open before launching into song.

The leader of Bradford City Council, councillor David Green told onlookers: "This is the 21st century shopping experience that this district deserves"

Cllr David Green
crowds at opening
Let the shopping begin

Grand opening of Bradford shopping centre

Alexandra Burke Credit: PA

X Factor star Alexandra Burke will perform the official opening today of the long-awaited Broadway shopping centre in Bradford.

The development was first mooted a decade ago and built at a cost of £260 million. It includes more than 70 shops and will create around 2,500 new retail jobs. The leader of Bradford City Council, councillor David Green says it has been a long time coming - but is worth the wait.

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