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Spurn Point lighthouse renovation begins

It is our region's most remote piece of land, a thin strip of beach and grass stretching out into the Humber, and work's now starting to renovate one of its most famous landmarks. The lighthouse at Spurn Point stands right at the end of the 3.5 mile long peninsula, but it is in need of repair and thanks to a grant of almost £500,000 that work is now underway. James Webster reports.

Contractor: Biggest challenge is accessing Spurn lighthouse

The biggest challenge for contractors who have started renovating the main lighthouse at the end of Spurn Point is accessing the remote structure. The team need to travel down the 3.5mile peninsula in specialist vehicles before scaling the steps to the top of the structure. Andrew Scott from the Soper Group is the project's quantity surveyor:

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Wildlife Trust: The lighthouse is not in bad condition

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust says the condition of the main lighthouse at the end of Spurn Point is not as bad as they had feared.

Andrew Gibson has been speaking to the contractors who have started work on renovating the building, which dates back to 1895, ready for it to be opened up to visitors:

Major restoration at Spurn Point lighthouse begins

Work has started on a major restoration project at the Spurn Point lighthouse.

Spurn Point lighthouse

A £470,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund is paying for both the inside and outside to be renovated so it can be opened up to visitors. Contractors will repaint the exterior of the structure as well as strip out some of the plasterwork inside ready for a new exhibition to be installed.

James Herriot statue unveiled

A life-size bronze sculpture of Yorkshire vet-turned author Alf Wright has been unveiled today at The World of James Herriot in Thirsk.

A life-size bronze statue of vet-turned-author Alf Wright has been unveiled at The World of James Herriot Credit: The World of James Herriot

Mr Wright became the most famous vet in the world for his James Herriot books based on his life and practice in rural Yorkshire.

The official installation ceremony of the statue took place this morning when James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland performed the official proceedings.

As a tribute to Alf’s wife, Joan, the statue of her famous husband has been installed on what would have been her 96th birthday.

Jim Wight and Rosie Page, son and daughter of the author joined James Berresford along with Sean Hedges-Quinn, the sculptor of the statue, June Imeson OBE, the original driving force behind the opening of the World of James Herriot, plus Councillors Mark Robson & Gareth Dadd of Hambleton District Council, David Shields of Welcome to Yorkshire plus many supporters, volunteers and staff from the Centre.

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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

Lincolnshire hosts world's largest gathering of Shire horses

Household Cavalry drum horse Mercury will be leading the parade as part of the celebrations at this weekend's Shire Horse Society National Show.

The event is the largest gathering of Shires in the world.

Owners and visitors have travelled from across Europe to attend the show, which is believed to be one of the oldest, almost continuous, horse shows in the world. It was held for the first time at the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington, London, in 1880, when the charity was named the English Cart Horse Society.

The iconic breed was in danger of dying out just a few decades ago, and even now fewer than 500 new foals are registered every year by the Shire Horse Society.

The charity has been running a Save Our Shires campaign to raise awareness about these gentle giants and numbers have steadily increased, thanks to the dedication of a band of enthusiasts.

150 lambs born at agricultural college on Mothering Sunday

More than 150 lambs were born today at Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire. Over 8000 people visited the campus to witness the first tentative steps of the newborn lambs. The lambing day event, now in its 60th year, gave members of the public the chance to experience live lambing first-hand and offered everyone who visited the chance to pet, play and feed the new born lambs.

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