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Steelworkers march in their thousands to save jobs

Steelworkers from across our region have joined thousands from across Europe to march on the streets of Brussels in the hope of saving their jobs.

Workers from Rotherham, Stocksbridge and Scunthorpe marched alongside those from Germany, Italy, France and other countries. They were calling on the EU to do more to stop China dumping cheap steel on the European market.

It's as workers from South Yorkshire face ongoing uncertainty over the sale of their plants - and bosses in Scunthorpe accuse the UK government of not doing enough to help the industry. Michael Billington reports.

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Calder Valley celebrates 'Alternative Christmas'

Six months on from the Boxing Day floods which devastated the Calder Valley, residents and business have been celebrating an 'Alternative Christmas' today.

Hebden Bridge celebrate Christmas in June Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The rains which started on Christmas Day saw festivities ruined for many people in both Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd - with hundreds of homes and business left under up to six feet of water.

The town council organised a day of Christmas festivities, with shops encouraged to get out the tinsel and baubles and decorate their businesses - to make up for the soggy Christmas they lost.

Hebden Bridge junior band kicked off the celebrations Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Hebden Bridge Junior Band kicked off celebrations by playing carols around a Christmas tree in the town's St George's Square at 11 am. They were also playing at Mytholmroyd Gala, which started at 12.15 pm, and accompanied there by a choir from Burnley Road Primary School, whose pupils have still not been able to return to their flooded classrooms and continue to be taught elsewhere.

There will be all the fun of the gala in Mytholmroyd, and street entertainment in Hebden Bridge throughout the day.

Hull to get extra £3 million for UK City of Culture year

Funding announced at breakfast gathering

Hull is to get an extra £3 million to spend on it's year as UK City of Culture.

The money, which will come from the Heritage Lottery Fund, was announced at a breakfast gathering in Hull called to launch a series of events in the city this summer.

Martin Green, the man in charge of the city's cultural celebrations says it will mean a boost for local libraries.

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'All British Tata Steel bid' between Excalibur Steel UK and Liberty House 'completely untrue'

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A deal between Excalibur Steel UK and Liberty House to buy the Tata Steel UK operation is "completely untrue", ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills has been told.

The "all-British bid" between the two companies was thought to have been to allow Excalibur access to what one source describes as "the deep pockets" of Liberty House, while in turn they would benefit from working closely with the team who have been seen as the front-runners from the outset of the sales process.

The rumour had emerged ahead of the planned Tata board meeting in Mumbai this week to whittle down the seven bids for the ailing steel operation.

The sale includes the huge Port Talbot plant and 15,000 jobs across the UK.

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