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Proclaimers celebrate 500 miles challenge

Scottish singing duo Charlie and Craig Reid - The Proclaimers - will be at RAF Church Fenton today to help wheelchair fundraiser Sean Allerton celebrate passing the 500 mile barrier on his epic charity mission.

Sean has been racking up the miles to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Force Association, the RAF Charitable Trust, Aerobility, Flying Scholarships for the Disabled and The Forgotten Heroes.

HS2 protestors say it is "worst thing since medieval battle"

Nearly 200 people packed out a public meeting to protest against a high speed rail link this evening.

Residents of Church Fenton, near Tadcaster, and surrounding villages turned out, with some saying the £33 billion scheme is a waste of money and a "white elephant".

Four properties will be knocked down to make way for the new line and campaigners say many more would be blighted by the noise of the 200 mph trains passing over the village on two 60ft tall viaducts.

Jo Mason, who set up an action group, said: "Since the Battle of Towton 552 years ago this is the worst thing that's happened to the village. It's playing politics with people's lives. It's about house prices. It's about protecting the environment. We have to do it together."

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HS2 protest meeting

Artist's impression of high speed train
Artist's impression of high speed train Credit: Network Rail

A protest meeting organised by opponents of the Government' s controversial high speed rail link between London and Yorkshire takes place tonight. Residents in Church Fenton say a viaduct planned for the edge of the village will "decimate" it.

The meeting will be held in the Village Hall from 7pm

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