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Yorkshire is 'Hollywood of England'

TV and film producers have dubbed Yorkshire and the Humber as the "Hollywood of England". The area is becoming one of the most sought after destinations for production. Over the last couple of year there has been a vast rise in filming especially recently with feature films like "Dad's Army" in Bridlington and the newest multi-million pound blockbuster "Hunters Prayer". Our reporter Sarah Clark has been given exclusive access to go behind the scenes and find out why so many film makers are choosing our region.

Archive footage of the Haxey Hood

Calendar has unearthed footage taken back in 1969 of the Haxey Hood event.

It's a custom said to be too old for its origins to be remembered, but dates back to the day when a Lady Mulberry was riding along the fields, lost her hood, and workmen scrambled over to help.

The hood was returned but it was all tattered and torn. She was so taken by their kindness that she wanted a game to be named and played as a reminder of the act. And thus the Haxey Hood was born and held every year on the twelfth day of Christmas. Take a look at what went on 46 years ago..


Teams limber up for Haxey Hood

Hundreds of people in the Lincolnshire village of Haxey will be marking an ancient tradition today.

The Haxey Hood sees two teams of villagers play an ancient game - as they try and get a long leather stick back to their favourite pub without picking it up and running with it. It's been described as a messy rugby game without many rules.

Coronation Street star's baby joy

Coronation Street actress Paula Lane, who plays Kylie Platt, has given birth to a baby boy.

The 28-year-old, who is from Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, tweeted that her and husband Tom Shaw's "world is complete" following the arrival of their first child on New Year's Eve.

Lane's character left Weatherfield on Christmas Day following a row with her on-screen husband David over her drug addiction and continued involvement with ex-boyfriend Callum Logan.

She is due to return to the cobbles in Spring 2015.


Family gathers to share memories of Joe Cocker

Vic and Joe Cocker Credit: ITV News Calendar

The brother of Joe Cocker, 74-year-old Vic, has told Calendar News that family and close friends gathered at Joe's home in America yesterday to share memories of the legendary singer.

Joe died last week aged 70 after a battle with lung cancer. The gathering, at Mad Dog Ranch in Crawford, Colorado, was at the invite of Joe's widow Pam. The ranch was named in tribute to Joe's famous live album "Mad Dogs and Englishmen".

Pam invited a few close friends and immediate family to MadDog Ranch in Crawford, Colorado yesterday where we shared our memories of Joe. Roger Davis, his manager, is thinking about a more public memorial in due course. Everyone has been very kind and we have been really touched by their messages of love and support. Joe was just unique as an artist and loved by many thousands because he touched their lives with his voice.

– Vic Cocker, Joe's brother

Man bailed over posting offensive video on social media

A 19-year-old man arrested in connection with an offensive video posted on a social media website has tonight been released on bail.

“We appreciate and understand the distress this video has caused and I would like to reassure residents of both West Yorkshire and elsewhere that we are taking this matter extremely seriously and progressing this investigation as quickly as possible.

“Due to the nature of this offence, any decision to charge must be taken by the Director of Public Prosecutions. We are currently preparing an advice file which we will be submitting to the Crown Prosecution Service in due course. In the meantime the arrested man has been released on bail to an alternative location.

“We are aware of strong feelings expressed by a number of people in response to this video. We would again urge people to allow this investigation to run its course and remind members of the public that we will take robust action against anyone who acts outside of the law.”

– Supt Mabs Hussain, Leeds District Police

Keep it cool at Leeds' Millennium Square's Ice Cube

A fun-filled ice skating oasis is once again set to wash away any New Year blues on Millennium Square next month.

The Ice Cube will return to Millennium Square on Friday 23 January 2015. Credit: Leeds City Council

In what is always a highlight in the city’s events calendar, the ever-popular Ice Cube will be the offering people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to experience the magic of outdoor ice skating, learn new skills on the ice, or just the chance to get active and healthy in 2015.

Organised by Leeds City Council with support from media partners Capital FM and the Yorkshire Evening Post and now in its 15th year, the Ice Cube will be open from Friday 23 January until Sunday 22 February 2015.

Tickets for all public skating sessions are now available to book in advance either online or by calling the booking line on 0843 208 1841. Tickets are priced at £8 adults, £6 children (12yrs and under) with discounts available for LEEDSCard or BreezeCard holders.

Besides general public skating there will also be an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to sharpen their skills under the watchful gaze of expert coaches.

A four-week National Ice Skating Association (NISA) tuition programme for skating enthusiasts of all levels will be held on a Saturday and Sunday morning by Skate UK qualified skating professionals.

Priced at £68 per person places are now available to book by calling the City Centre Box Office in the Carriageworks Theatre on 0113 224 3801. A limited number of weekend individual lessons will also be available to book on a first come first served basis.

A special ‘first steps to skating’ tuition programme for Leeds schools children will also be available during term time for schools to book and a weekly dedicated accessible session every Thursday morning between 9am to 10am is available for wheelchair users and the disabled.

Have you got what it takes to take a ride on the North Pole Starflyer? Credit: Leeds City Council

Visitors to the Ice Cube will also be able to enjoy other winter-themed attractions including, the North Pole Starflyer – a brand new attraction for 2015 offering the nearest thing to flying as you gracefully soar 30m in the air through 360 degrees!

The popular Capital FM Snowslide – a 40m dry slope snow-tubing slide, the Snowball Adventure – a giant inflatable obstacle course inside a giant snowball, and the Glacier Run Simulator will also be returning together with other icy themed rides for children of all ages.

Elaine Paige to star at Scarborough Open Air Theatre

The ‘First Lady of Musical Theatre’, Elaine Paige, will perform at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Saturday 11 July 2015 with accompaniment by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

Following her sold out 50th Anniversary Farewell UK tour Elaine will now be concentrating on special ‘one off’ concerts, of which Scarborough Open Air Theatre is to be one.

“I’m really looking forward to making my ‘return’ to Scarborough and to be performing with the wonderful Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be such a thrill” Elaine said. A thrilling live performer, Elaine has performed in concert all over the world and last appeared in Scarborough in 2006.

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