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Gary Barlow announces first of musical's cast

Gary Barlow has revealed that two local actors are among the cast for his musical "The Girls". In a tweet he says he is proud to announce Ben Hunter, from Hull, as Danny and Josh Benson, from York, as Tommo.

Ben replied saying he was 'buzzing".

"The Girls" is based on the story of the Rylstone WI members in North Yorkshire who bared all in a calendar for charity. The musical, written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, will have its premiere at Leeds Grand on November 14th.

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Stained glass window damaged in Beverley Minster burglary

Credit: Press Association

Humberside Police are investigating a burglary at Beverley Minster in which a stained glass window was damaged and a collection box was knocked of the wall and the contents stolen.

A security alarm was activated at 8:10pm last night.

A 20 year-old Beverley man was arrested as he climbed down from scaffolding and was questioned in relation to the incident.

Following questioning he was released pending further enquiries.

Steve Bruce in running for managerial award

Steve Bruce has been nominated for the Sky Bet Championship manager of the month award for August.

Steve Bruce Credit: Press Association

Hull have picked up 10 points from five games in August - including a perfect record at home - since being relegated from the Premier League in May.

Chris Hughton (Brighton & Hove Albion), Mick McCarthy (Ipswich Town) and Chris Ramsey (QPR) are the other contenders.

Palea’aesina handed Hull FC contract extension

Hull FC have extended the contract of fans' favourite Iafeta Palea’aesina by 12 months.

Iafeta Palea’aesina Credit: Press Association

The 32 year-old former New Zealand international will enter his third season with the Black and Whites, having joined the club in 2014 following spells with New Zealand Warriors, Wigan Warriors, Salford and French side Limoux Grizzlies.

During his time in Hull, Palea’aesina has made 35 appearances since returning to Super League.

I’m over the moon. I’ve always wanted to stay at this great club that has done so much for me. I’ve had a great time here so far and I’m just happy the deal is done. I am proud to be part of Hull FC and now I hope I can finish the season strongly.

– Iafeta Palea’aesina

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Northern economy could see " Victorian style growth" says think tank

The northern economy could experience economic growth on a scale "not seen since the Victorian era of grand municipal development" if timely investment in the region takes place, a new report suggests.

Commitments to major transport infrastructure spending, strong leadership and a sense of urgency to progress devolution are the "key ingredients for turning northern powerhouse rhetoric into national economic prosperity", the research by think tank IPPR North concluded.

The analysis, entitled Rhetoric to Reality: A business agenda for the Northern Powerhouse, argues the potential exists for businesses in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humber to grow, boosting the economy through "properly directed investment".

It notes the economy of the three northern regions is worth #289 billion - "twice the size of Scotland's, and bigger than all the devolved nations' economies combined", adding: "If it were a national economy, the north of England would rank as tenth largest in the EU."

It added: "The economies of the five biggest cities together grew by 38.8 per cent in the 10 years to 2013 - more than the UK outside London (38.3 per cent).

Their populations grew by over half a million (5.4 per cent) in the 10 years to 2014, which is more than live in the city of Manchester."

It went on: "In the last year, the rate of job creation in areas such as North Eastern (4.8%) and Leeds City Region (4.0%) was more than double the national rate of 1.9% (which is matched by the North as a whole)."

The report argued a rebalanced economy can only be achieved through tackling "lagging" productivity, under-investment in transport infrastructure spending, poor connectivity between cities in the north and lower qualifications and skills levels.

It stated that the prospects for the northern powerhouse's long-term success "rest not on its political salience but on its potential to generate genuine economic prosperity for its businesses and citizens".

The report identified four key drivers of growth in the northern economy, including: infrastructure and connectivity, human capital, innovation and business support, plus leadership and policy development.

It argued: "The forthcoming spending review must make a step-change in commitment to the north of England, with large-scale government capital spending of up to £50 billion that can be used to leverage even greater private investment."

It added: "There is an urgent need (for) more detail and more action to support the pan-northern vision - 'one north, one economy' - to ensure that business, public and civil sectors are galvanised to act now to sustain the momentum behind devolution and take advantage of this unprecedented window of opportunity."

"The historical economic under-performance of the north of England is not natural, nor is it inevitable. We have seen past attempts at 'regional policy' fall by the wayside, but the northern powerhouse has momentum and has galvanised leaders in the North. "But investment, leadership and urgency are the key ingredients for turning northern powerhouse rhetoric into national economic prosperity. The momentum is building, the benefits are great - the opportunity is there to be seized for northern prosperity to create national prosperity."

– Ed Cox, director of IPPR North and co-author of the report

Eggborough power station bosses start closure talks

The owners of Eggborough Power Station have announced it is to close with the loss of up to 240 staff jobs and hundreds more contractors.

Bosses blame their decision to stop generating power by next March on expensive green taxes and a refusal by the Government to help pay for the power plant to move from burning coal to a cleaner alternative. James Webster reports.

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