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Logo released for City of Culture

Hull's City of Culture team has revealed the logo for 2017. It will be used from today, appearing on promotional material and across the city.

The Hull 2017 logo

A deal has also been done with BP, which will be a main sponsor for the city's special year.

The Hull 2017 chief executive says introducing the new branding is an important step. Martin Green said: ''What we all know about Hull is that it's got a lot of untold stories. Not enough people visit us. Not enough people know we're here, and the branding starts to have that conversation. It's a great city. It's already a city of culture - come and have a look.''


Crisp sandwich shop closes down

The country's first 'crisp cafe' is to close down. Mr Crisp opened in Keighley back in July selling all varieties of the snack served in bread, baguettes and even rolls. It was the brainchild of 42-year-old Mark Pearson who was inspired by a similar shop in Belfast. He has now released a statement online saying he is having to sell the shop due to ill health. Prospective buyers are invited to contact him.

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Date set for Flemingate complex opening

An official opening date has been set for the Flemingate shopping development.

Aerial view of Flemingate

Developed by Hull-based Wykeland Group, Flemingate is ten years in the making, and features shops and cafes - with a six-screen cinema, premier Inn and 500-space car park opening in December.

The opening date has been moved from October 27 to November 3.

Those behind it say it will be well worth the wait:

“The opening of Flemingate is a key milestone and we are eager to get everything just right for the benefit of our visitors. Many of the exciting new retailers and cafés opening on November 3 will be making their Beverley debut, not least of which is Debenhams.

“We would also like to thank our retailers and cafés, the local community, and everyone involved in creating Flemingate for their support. We hope they are as excited as we are to be in the final stages of preparation for the opening. We are looking forward to welcoming our first visitors at 10am on November 3.”

– Dominic Gibbons, Wykeland Group
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Labour urges Government action to help steel industry

Angela Eagle said the Government 'seems content to let the industry fail'. Credit: PA

Labour has urged the Government to take immediate action to help the steel industry following the news that Caparo Industries is likely to go into administration.

Angela Eagle, the shadow secretary of state for business, innovation and skills, said the industry was "on its knees" and that the Government "seems content to let the industry fail".

She said: “My thoughts are with the 1,700 employees of Caparo who are facing uncertainty over their future.

“Rather than setting up more talking shops the Government should be taking action to tackle higher energy prices, they should be providing export and procurement support and be looking at what temporary measures could help the industry, including looking again at business rates.

“With the Chinese President in the UK this week, I hope the Government will raise the issue of anti-competitive dumping which is driving down steel prices.”

Major milestone for National College for High Speed Rail

The National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster is one step closer after Doncaster Council received the planning application for consideration.

A decision on the application is expected towards the end of the year. Subject to the necessary approvals, construction of the 7,200 square metre three-storey building is scheduled to start in April 2016 and open its doors in September 2017.

The National College for High Speed Rail, which was established in July this year, will provide specialist vocational training for the future generations of engineers.

It represents the next step in developing the highly skilled workforce needed to build HS2, the largest infrastructure project Britain has seen for decades, as well as future rail infrastructure projects.


Buyer found for historic Tetley's brewery site

Part of the landmark Tetley's brewery site in Leeds has been sold.

Credit: ITV News

The brewery on the banks of the River Aire brewed Tetley's beers for almost 200 years until its closure and demolition in 2011. Two years later the former headquarters opened its doors again as an art gallery and museum showcasing the history of the brewery.

Owners, Carlsberg, have sold the site to real estate company, Vastint, who say they will redevelop the site "in line with the aims and objectives of the Leeds City Council South Bank Planning Statement to create a vibrant, well connected and sustainable residential and business community."

Iconic Yorkshire images adorn Heathrow buses

Come and visit Yorkshire Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

Iconic images of Yorkshire will greet millions of passengers at Heathrow Airport in a bid to attract even more international visitors to the county.

Bolton Abbey, York Minster and the North Yorkshire fishing village of Staithes are just some of the images to adorn one of Heathrow’s fleet of scheduled buses that provides passengers with the essential link between Heathrow’s five terminals and the 25 airport hotels.

With more than 73 million passengers a year currently using Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, Welcome to Yorkshire sees this as a great opportunity for the eye catching buses to inspire visitors to discover Yorkshire.

Catching eye of visitors Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

What better way to spread the word about Yorkshire than at Europe’s busiest airport. We hope that when these stunning images catch the eye of millions of world-wide travellers they will be inspired to come and spend time in God’s Own County and see for themselves how beautiful Yorkshire is. The Tour de France promoted Yorkshire to a global audience of millions and this ambitious campaign will promote the county to many more visitors from around the world.

– Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire

Work to start next year on Hull's A63 footbridge

Artists impression

After years of delays, work is due to start early next year on the Castle Street footbridge in Hull. The £11.5 million project will link the city centre to the waterfront, currently cut off by the busy A63. It is due to be finished by Easter 2017.

Archaeological work will begin on the site later this year to prepare for the construction work. The bridge has been designed to allow further development around the waterfront as Hull City Council continues to regenerate the area around the marina. It is being delivered as an early phase of a major project by Highways England to upgrade the A63.

It’s great news that Highways England will be able to construct the Princes Quay bridge in advance of the main Castle Street scheme and in time for Hull’s term as the European City of Culture. The Government is investing a record £1.3 billion in roads across Yorkshire and the Humber over the next five years as part of its long-term economic plan. Schemes like these will help build the Northern Powerhouse and create more jobs and opportunities for hardworking people across the region.

– Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughli
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