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Emmerdale provisionally approved for soap fan tours

Plans to turn the Emmerdale village into a tourist attraction have been provisionally approved by the planning authority in Leeds today.

Emmerdale could be open for public tours Credit: ITV News

The set, on the Harewood estate, could soon be opened on weekends to tourists. The soap's bosses say it would have economic benefits to the local community - but some residents say it would increase traffic and cause a disturbance. The final decision will be made by the chief planning officer.

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Hollywood star dreams of taking to the skies with the Red Arrows

Hollywood star, Tom Cruise, says he wants to take to the skies with the Red Arrows one day.

Cruise, who played fighter pilot Maverick, in Top Gun, filmed scenes for his latest film Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation at RAF Wittering. And speaking to Forces TV on the red carpet at the premiere in London, he praised the RAF for helping turn some of his most complex film stunts ever into a reality:

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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.

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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
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