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Ice bucket challenge couple raise £7.1 million

Ice bucket challenge

A couple from Wakefield who pioneered last summer's ice bucket challenge in the UK have raised £7.1 million for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

It is just a year ago since Paula and Robert Maguire started the craze over here - after seeing its success in fundraising in America. It involves having a bucket of icy water poured over ones head, then nominating another victim, all the time raising money for charity.

And the couple are now up for yet another dunking - they say it is their way of saying thank you to everyone who has taken part.


WATCH: Emmerdale's Charlie Hardwick on her dramatic exit

Millions of people were shocked last night when Emmerdale's long- running character Val Pollard was killed off when a helicopter crashed into the village.

Val had actually been planning to fake her own death in a bid to avoid being sent to jail for fraud - but the character, often accused of being selfish, actually paid the ultimate price in a bid to save her sister Diane.

Calendar's Daniel Harris spoke to actress Charlie Hardwick about her time in the award-wining ITV soap.

Bakewell show expected to attract 60,000 visitors

The 185th Bakewell Show opened today in the heart of the Peak District. Our reporter, Martin Fisher, was there to soak up the sights and sounds, as well as taking a look at some of the issues affecting the agricultural industry.

Now as far as agricultural shows go, our region boasts some of the finest - the Lincolnshire Show in June..The Great Yorkshire Show in July

There's the biggest one-day show in the country at Driffield, and today in the heart of the Peak District it's the opening day of the 185th Bakewell Show. There for us , sampling all its bucolic delights is Martin Fisher


Festival featuring Badly Drawn Boy & the Proclaimers cancelled after poor ticket sales

A North Yorkshire music festival which left traders and stallholders £120,000 out of pocket last year has been cancelled with organisers blaming poor ticket sales.

he Proclaimers perfom during the 2015 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London. Credit: Press Association

Organisers of last year's Galtres Festival at Duncombe Park in Helmsley had launched a new event - the Parklands Festival - featuring headline acts Badly Drawn Boy and The Proclaimers.

But today they announced the event, due to have been held over this August Bank Holiday, would not take place.

The organisers said those people who had bought advance tickets would be contacted directly with details about claiming a refund.

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Parklands Festival 2015 will not take place. Advance ticket sales have not met projections, and we cannot proceed without certainty that all event costs will be met. We put together a tremendous programme of music and performing arts, at a fraction of the cost of previous years, and fully expected this year’s event to more than break even.

We were determined to put things straight financially, and countless people have toiled tirelessly to plan and promote the event. We did everything we could, yet that wasn’t enough. We are so very sorry.

– Parklands Festival

It is now uncertain if traders who lost money last year will be able to recoup any of their losses.

Officers have investigated a number of allegations related to the 2014 Galtres Festival. The evidence collated has been carefully considered by the Major Fraud Investigation Team and a full review has also taken place with the Crown Prosecution Service. Following this review, the decision has been made that the thresholds of a criminal offence have not been met in relation to the allegations.

– North Yorkshire Police

Happy Daggers 'over the moon' to be playing at Leeds Festival

Members of Happy Daggers, an up and coming rock and soul band from Leeds, have told ITV Calendar News they are delighted to have been selected to play at this year's Leeds Festival.

The four-piece band features Sinclair Belle on guitar and vocals, Danny Martin on guitar, Jon Causley on bass and Tommi Stubbs on drums:

Up and coming rock and soul band from Leeds- Talk to Calendar about playing Leeds Festival, the North's Biggest Music Festival.

Louis Tomlinson confirms he's going to be a dad

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson Credit: Press Association

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has confirmed he's going to be a dad.

Speaking on Good Morning America today, the star from Doncaster said it is a 'very exciting time', confirming for the first time that he is expecting his first child, with stylist Briana Jungwirth.

He appeared alongside his bandmates, who acknowledged that life is 'different' since former member Zayn Malik decided to leave the group, but that things are still going 'great.'

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