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Rugby World Cup turns Millennium Square in to Theatre

On the even of the first Rugby World Cup match in Leeds, Millenium Square in the city is to be transformed into an open air theatre space by the outdoor theatre company Tangled Feet and they are looking for hundreds of volunteers to join in.

The show on Friday 25th September, will be called "Collective Endeavour" and will have a rugby theme. Christine and Duncan spoke to Nathan Curry, the co-Artistic Director of Tangled Feet about the project.

You can find out more about it here


Sheffield Tramlines Festival kicks off today

Tramlines Festival main stage 2014 Credit: Press Association

Sheffield's annual Tramlines Festival kicks off today.

The Charlatans, Basement Jaxx and the Wu Tang Clan are among more than two hundred acts playing at over thirty venues.

Tickets for the festival have almost sold out, but there will be a host of free community events taking place throughout the weekend - from street theatre on Barker’s Pool, to world music at the Peace Gardens.

Visitor numbers up at Great Yorkshire Show

Douglas Duffin riding Richard Jenkinson’s Quidam in the Great Yorkshire Show’s Main Ring

Visitor numbers were up year on year at the 157th Great Yorkshire Show. 132,131 people attended the event as opposed to 130,989 last year.

"The Great Yorkshire Show has an amazing reputation as a superb industry showcase, as well as a fun and educational day out for all the family. Our vital role in celebrating farming excellence will continue, and the presence of our Royal patron underlines the significance of the Great Yorkshire Show to the rural community and beyond.”

– Charles Mills, Show Director

Preparations are already underway for the Society’s autumn event, Countryside Live which takes place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October.


Leeds businessman hits the jackpot

A 22 year old businessman from Leeds can't believe his luck after pocketing the top prize on £100,000 Red Scratchcard from National Lottery Gamestore.

""Management often gives us little incentives, like scratchcards, for doing small tasks well... a few members of the team have won £10 here or there, but no-one's ever hit the jackpot before!"

– Lewis Gill, winner

Did famous Hull aviator visit Scarborough?

Amy Johnson visits Scarborough? Credit: Greensmith and Thackwray

A Scarborough coffee shop owner is investigating whether famous Hull aviator Amy Johnson made a flying visit to Scarborough in the 1930s. Jack Siddons, co-owner of the Greensmith and Thackwray coffee shop, was given an old black and white photo by a descendent of the original owners of the shop, back when it was called 'Indian Colonial Outfitters'.

It shows a woman who appears to be wearing a flying helmet in the centre of crowds near Greensmith and Thackwray.

The famous aviator? Credit: Greensmith and Thackwray

"Janet told us that she believes the woman is Amy Johnson, and judging by other pictures we’ve found online, it certainly looks like her.

But we can find no reference to her ever visiting Scarborough, although it looks as though she really drew the crowds! We’d love to know for certain if it is her and, if so, when and why she was here.”

– Jack Siddons, Greensmith and Thackwray

Hull-born Amy Johnson (1903-1941) was a pioneering English aviator who set many long-distance records during the 1930s. Her death has been the subject of much speculation, but the most likely explanation is that she bailed out as her aircraft crashed into the Thames Estuary after, it’s believed, running out of fuel. Her body was never recovered.

Newspaper reports: One Direction's Louis Tomlinson 'to be a dad'

Credit: PA

Louis Tomlinson is reportedly expecting a child with a Los Angeles-based stylist following a brief relationship. According to reports in both the People Magazine and The Sun, the 23-year-old One Direction star from Doncaster is set to become a parent with his close friend Briana Jungwirth.

A mutual friend of the pair insists that while Louis and the stylist aren't in a relationship, the singer will be a 'hands-on dad' when their baby arrives early next year.

Meanwhile a publicist representing the singer has refused to comment on the newspaper claims that he is to become a father. Asked by ITV News to respond to the claims, a representative said: "No comment". The band are currently touring the United States and are due to play in Seattle tomorrow. If true, it would make Tomlinson the first member of the band to become a father.

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