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'Grimsby Chums' film premieres in town

A film about the Grimsby Chums has had its premiere.They were first World World soldiers who volunteered to fight on the Western Front.

1D star makes Doncaster debut

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson made his professional football debut for Doncaster last night, delighting 5,000 fans with his cameo.

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Rudimental duo to get honorary degrees

Two members of the chart-topping group Rudimental will be back at their old university today to receive honorary degrees.

Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden of chart-toppers Rudimental will receive honorary degrees from their old university today
Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden of chart-toppers Rudimental will receive honorary degrees from their old university today Credit: Press Association

Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden, who graduated from Leeds Met in 2008, make up half of Rudimental, who topped the charts in 2012 with their single Feel The Love.

Last year their album Home, which features a string of stars including John Newman and Emeli Sand, debuted at number one in the charts, and in February this year, the band won their first BRIT award for Best British Single for their track Waiting All Night.

The pair, who graduated with BSc (Hons) in Creative Music and Sound Technology, will today be made Honorary Masters of Music.

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Former rock star Watkins appeals against child sex abuse sentence

Former Lostprophets singer and convicted paedophile Ian Watkins will appeal against his 35 year jail sentence later today. A mother from Doncaster who was jailed for allowing Watkins to abuse her child is also appealing against her sentence. The joint hearing will be at Cardiff Crown Court.

Former Lostprohets singer Ian Watkins will appeal against his 35-year jail sentence for child sex abuse
Former Lostprohets singer Ian Watkins will appeal against his 35-year jail sentence for child sex abuse Credit: Press Association

Freedom Festival line-up revealed

The full line-up for Hull's Freedom Festival has been unveiled, with hotly-tipped London rapper Kate Tempest today announced as headliner for a brand new stage which celebrates emerging talent.

Hull musician Paul Heaton
Former Beautiful South singer Paul Heaton is supporting this year's Hull Freedom Festival Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Kate joins a wildly eclectic 2014 festival programme, featuring internationally-renowned artists, street performances plus an unprecedented number of interactive, participatory attractions and events that enable audience members themselves to become part of the festival programme this year.

New at Freedom Festival 2014 is the 'Bridge Stage', which aims to help emerging local talent get ahead in the industry and is supported by Hull's former Housemartin and Beautiful South singer Paul Heaton.

The stage, featuring Hull-based artists Life, Endoflevelbaddie, Bud Sugar, Mother and many more will be headlined by Kate Tempest, whose pivotal Glastonbury appearance last month further boosted her profile and fan base, following rave reviews of her debut album Everybody Down.

Paul Heaton said: "The Bridge Stage at Freedom Festival is giving new artists the opportunity to meet and co-operate with other similar, like-minded talent. It's incredibly important that Hull harnesses its talent and displays it. The new stage does both, while giving the audience a real chance to see what music is making Hull sparkle at the moment."

Full details of the Freedom Festival 2014 programme can be found at www.freedomfestival.co.uk.

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Aquarium plan for Skegness seafront

Plans have been unveiled for a multimillion pound aquarium on Skegness seafront. A company already running a number of attractions in the resort wants to redevelop Panda's Palace indoor play area.

Panda's Palace could be redeveloped
Panda's Palace could be redeveloped

East Lindsey District Council, which owns the building, has welcomed the plan, saying hopefully the all-year-round attraction will bring new jobs and extend the visitor season. Construction should take about nine months and the developers plan to have it up and running in time for Easter.

Sir Patrick Stewart to preside over graduation ceremonies

Sir Patrick Stewart Credit: Press Association

Sir Patrick Stewart will be donning academic robes this week to preside over the graduation ceremonies for students at the University of Huddersfield.

The actor, who is the university's Chancellor, will today also be leading a 170-strong procession of university graduates and guests – including Yorkshire Tour de France supremo Sir Rodney Walker – through the streets of the town

Sir Rodney is to receive an honorary doctorate at the graduation. He has had a recent high profile as chair of the company that organised the successful Tour de France stages in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire actress receives Primetime Emmy nomination

Joanne Froggatt Credit: Press Association

North Yorkshire's Joanne Froggatt has received her second Primetime Emmy nomination for her role as Anna Bates in ITV's Downtown Abbey.

Froggatt, who was previously nominated in 2012, will face competition from fellow Downtown star Dame Maggie Smith at the American awards ceremony, which is held in Los Angeles on 25th August.

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