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Busted are back .... and heading for Sheffield!

Full original line-up of James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson Credit: PA

The pop band Busted have announced today that they are back together - and gearing up for a reunion tour which takes in Sheffield Arena next year.

It will be be band's first tour in 12 years and is the reunion even the band members themselves said could never happen.

The tour kicks off on May 11th at Wembley arena and is in Sheffield on May 17th. Busted's hits include “What I Go To School For”, “Crashed The Wedding”, “You Said No”, “Air Hostess” and “Year 3000.

Tickets for Sheffield Arena go on sale this Friday (November 13th) at 9am.

“For me, there’s a huge sense of unfinished business … I always thought in my heart we’d do Busted again, but that it was just a matter of when and how.

– Matt Willis

A year ago James and I got together and just started hanging out … and it felt really different, somehow, to how it had ten years ago. And the idea crept into my head after all that time apart: what would Busted look like today?

– Charlie Simpson

We’ve done this crazy, exciting, adventurous, scenic route back to being Busted. And now we're here, we’re all super-re-energised.

– James Bourne


Winners of White Rose Awards

Selfies with Gary Barlow Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

Newly-appointed Honorary Yorkshire Men Gary Barlow and Tim Firth were joined by a host of sporting and television personalities at last night's White Rose Awards.

They included Lizzie Jones, the widow of rugby league star Danny Jones, Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos players as well as stars from Emmerdale and World Championship silver medal winning Leeds gymnast Nile Wilson.

Gary Barlow, Sir Gary Verity and Tim Firth Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

What a night! To have one of the world’s biggest pop icons walk onto the stage at the White Rose Awards was an incredible moment and such a buzz for all the finalists who are here to celebrate the best of Yorkshire tourism “I am very proud to welcome Gary Barlow and Tim Firth as honorary Yorkshiremen. Gary and Tim have done a great job of telling an extraordinary tale about a group of ordinary Yorkshire women and I am sure The Girls will be a major success.

– Sir Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire

Welcome to Yorkshire’s White Rose Awards honour the best tourism businesses in the county covering 16 categories including Tourism Event of the Year, Large Visitor Attraction and Restaurant with Rooms. Here's the the full list of winners

  • Small Visitor Attraction Award: Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens
  • Large Visitor Attraction Award: The Forbidden Corner
  • Taste of Yorkshire Award: Lottie Shaw's Bakery
  • Self Catering, Cruisers and Serviced Apartments Award: The Dovecote Barns
  • Yorkshire Pub of the Year Award: Shibden Mill Inn
  • Yorkshire Restaurant of the Year Award: The Hare Restaurant
  • Tourism Event of the Year Award: The best race in the world, the Juddmonte International
  • Caravan Holiday Park and Holiday Village Award: Humble Bee Farm
  • B&B Guest Accommodation of the Year Award: Low Mill Guesthouse
  • Large Hotel of the Year Award: The Black Swan, Helmsley
  • Small Hotel of the Year Award: Yorebridge House
  • Business Tourism Award: The Coniston Hotel and Country Estate
  • Restaurant with Rooms of the Year Award: The Cleveland Tontine
  • Visitor Information Award: Thirsk Tourist Information Centre
  • Arts and Culture Award: Hull Truck Theatre
  • Outstanding Customer Service Award: Wentbridge House Team.

Barlow and Firth made 'honorary Yorkshiremen'

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth have been given the title of 'honorary Yorkshiremen' following their surprise appearance at the White Rose Business awards in Leeds.

Tim Firth (left) and Gary Barlow have been made honorary Yorkshiremen Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

The duo, who are originally from Cheshire, are debuting their new musical, 'The Girls' in Leeds on Saturday.

Watched by the original Calendar Girls, Gary Barlow told the audience:

This is amazing. I’ve got many awards but believe me this is going right in the middle of them. The reaction here tonight shows why we’re here. I’ve always played to great audiences here in Yorkshire and I’m hoping for that for the show.

– Gary Barlow

Tim Firth added:

As the son of a man from Doncaster and Leeds United supporter this is a very proud night for me.

– Tim Firth
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