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Schoolchildren learn life-saving skills

Nearly 12,000 children across the region are getting the chance to learn life-saving skills as part of European Restart a Heart Day. Volunteers from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service will be visiting secondary schools to teach pupils how to perform CPR.

Over 60,000 people suffer cardiac arrests outside of hospital in the UK every year. If this happens in front of a bystander who starts CPR immediately before the arrival of the ambulance, the patient’s chances of survival double.

– Jason Carlyon, Yorkshire Ambulance Service

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Primary school children rehearse flash mob in Halifax

Pupils rehearse flash mob for Royal Albert Hall performance

650 primary school pupils from across Calderdale are preparing to head to the Royal Albert Hall next month where they'll perform a flash mob. They've been rehearsing for the event in Halifax town centre. Organisers say the performance celebrates the diversity of Calderdale and its community.

Women of the Year awards

An entrepreneur from Holmfirth who encourages other women to get on the boards of Britain's top companies was one of 400 women who celebrated their successes at a glittering ceremony in London today.

Organisers of the 60th Women of the Year event say it is as relevant as ever in the 21st Century.

David Wood's report contains flash photography.

James Heriot actor returns for statue unveiling

The actor Christopher Timothy, who played the vet James Herriot, is back in North Yorkshire this evening to attend the unveiling of a statue of the vet Alf Wight, who wrote the James Herriot books.

Christopher Timothy Credit: PA

The World of James Herriot will unveil the statue, followed by a black tie dinner at Thirsk Racecourse. Mr Timothy will be accompanied by family members of Mr Wight, who wrote the books about the life of a country vet which inspired two films and the long-running and immensly popular TV series "All Creatures Great and Small."

Chrisophter Timothy back in Yorkshire Credit: World of James Herriot

Former Birmingham City goalkeeper Jim Herriot, whose name, in 1969, Mr Wight chose as his pseudonym, is attending together with Sean Hedges-Quinn, the sculptor of the Statue and Gary Verity, CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire.

The James Herriot Statue and Legacy Fund has been developed as a tribute to Alf Wight, and its aims to provide bursaries for people wishing to embark on a career concerning the welfare of animals, and for whom the James Herriot stories may have been an inspiration.

Doncaster chosen as home of National High Speed Rail College

Doncaster is to become the home of the new National High Speed Rail College.

Doncaster chosen as home of National High Speed Rail College

The college, as well as a similar centre in Birmingham, will train thousands of new engineers, who are needed to deliver billions of pounds worth of rail contracts over the coming decades, including the new HS2 high speed rail line.

Doncaster’s fast paced rail and engineering renaissance has stepped up a gear this year with over 10,000 people employed in the sector and firms having order books in excess of £1.7billion over the next five years. There is also strong interest from companies looking to locate to one of Britain’s most important railway centres.

I am delighted that our hard work to bring the new National High Speed Rail College to Doncaster has been a success and I would like to thank everyone who has been part of our bid, or supported it. Doncaster has always led the way in terms of cutting edge rail engineering and this decision confirms our position as the home of rail. It’s a great day for Doncaster. It will offer local people, including our school leavers, the chance to gain high level engineering skills leading to well-paid jobs that are in high demand.

– Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster

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