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Royal backing for York Mystery Plays

His Royal Highness the Duke of York and the Archbishop of York have been confirmed as Patron and President for the York Minster Mystery Plays 2016.

Prince Andrew has been named patron of the 2016 York Mystery Plays

Prince Andrew and the Archbishop have been long standing supporters of the Plays, which return to the Minster in May 2016 for only the second time in their near 700 year history.

The cathedral’s Nave will be transformed into a 1,000-seater theatre for the production, which runs for five weeks from 26 May to 30 June.

In keeping with tradition, a community cast will be at the centre of the production with just one professional actor, and recruitment for key roles including Adam, Eve, Noah and Satan is taking place this autumn.

Emmerdale star remembers Queen's visit

With her love of the countryside it's hardly surprising that the Queen chose to visit Emmerdale during her 2002 Golden jubilee tour.

She remarked to the cast of the show that it must be a dangerous place to live - and hinted that the programme had at least one royal fan. Emmerdale star Chris Chittell remembers the Royal visit.


800 years today since Magna Carta was sealed

Sealed 800 years ago today

It is 800 years ago today since King John and the Barons sealed the Magna Carta. The historic document safeguarded basic freedoms for ordinary folk and placed limits on the power of the crown.

Yet, according to a national poll, more than half of children in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire don't know what the Magna Carta is. Eleven per cent thought the it was as a giant map of the world. An original copy is housed at Lincoln Castle.

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