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Taiwanese pop star weds in North Yorkshire

Selby Abbey and Castle Howard in North Yorkshire are expected to benefit from an influx of Asian tourists after the two venues hosted the wedding celebrations of the Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou.

Jay Chou with fans outside Castle Howard in North Yorkshire Credit: Jay Chou Facebook

The star, who has sold 30 million albums, was once called the 'Asian King of Pop' by the Asian version of Time magazine.

On Sunday, he married the Australian model Hannah Quinlavin at Selby Abbey, before hosting a party reportedly costing £2m for 50 friends and relatives at Castle Howard. The house and grounds were closed for the day.

There is huge interest in the wedding in East Asia. One magazine described fans in China as 'heartbroken'. His name was reportedly searched more than 520 million times on the social network Weibo over the weekend.

Jay Chou has posted these pictures of people who waited for him outside the venues in North Yorkshire and thanked fans for their support.

A number of fans waited for Jay Chou outside the venue Credit: Jay Chou Facebook

The star also posted his wedding video to his Facebook page:

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In fine voice: Thousands of schoolchildren rehearse in Sheffield for world's largest choir

Seven thousand schoolchildren are busy rehearsing on stage at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena ahead of tonight's Young Voices concert- the first of five this week.

Thousands of children at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena rehearsing for Young Voice Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Pupils from across Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and North Nottingham are being joined on stage by X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan.

There will be 7,000 different children on stage every night, and for the rest of the tour in London and Manchester, which is what makes it the world's biggest choir.

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