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Tour de France souvenirs for sale

Tour de France 'artefacts' which adorned Skipton for the world's biggest cycling race will go on sale for charity.

All the money raised will go to the charity Lupus UK Credit: Press Association

Twelve iconic Tour lamp-post banners and 50 bundles of yellow, green, polka dot and Union Jack bunting that were on and around Skipton High Street are up for grabs in a sealed bid auction.

All the money raised will go to the charity Lupus UK, which battles lupus, a chronic and incurable disease of the immune system.

The banners bear the official Tour De France and Yorkshire Grand Depart 2014 logos, while the bunting features a display of cycling jerseys in the colours of the Tour De France competition categories.

We’ve had a lot of interest in the banners and bunting and wanted to give people, businesses and organisations a fair opportunity to obtain these souvenirs. Personally, I am thrilled that all money raised will go to the very deserving charity. Lupus is a chronic and presently incurable illness.

– Linda Brockbank, Council Chairperson

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Failed HMS Illustrious bid prompts council criticism

There's been criticism of Hull City Council today for spending more than half a million pounds on a failed bid to bring HMS Illustrious to the city as a tourist attraction.

They heard yesterday that their plans to have the vessel docked in time for the City of Culture 2017 had been rejected by the government, but say they're determined to press ahead with other plans, as Fiona Dwyer reports.

Firefighers to stage four-day strike over pensions

Firefighters across the country will start a four-day strike from Friday in a bitter dispute with the Government over pensions.

Firefighers to stage four-day strike over pensions

Services have warned the public to be extra vigilant in what is expected to be a busy Halloween weekend as crew numbers are limited across the time of the strike.

A series of strikes have been held over the past 18 months in protest at changes to pensions and the retirement age, which the union claimed could lead to firefighters losing their job if they fail fitness tests in their late 50s.

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Lowes: Burgess code switch "huge blow" to RL

Bradford Bulls coach James Lowes believes Sam Burgess's defection to Rugby Union is a major blow to Rugby League.

Burgess, who began his career with the Bulls before moving to South Sydney, where he took the game in Australia by storm, was officially unveiled today by Premiership club Bath.

But Lowes, who has coached in both League and Union, and knows Burgess from his time on the England coaching staff, says he's sure "Slammin' Sam" will be a huge hit:

Topshop defend mannequin displays

Topshop have responded to criticism over the size of their mannequins claiming they are "based on a standard UK size 10".

The retailer argue that the mannequins they use are "not meant to be a representation of the average female body." Credit: Press Association

The retailer argue that the mannequins they use are "not meant to be a representation of the average female body."

Topshop has long made it a priority to showcase a healthy size image to its customer from the choice of models used in the campaigns, to the stories run online and on the blog.

The mannequins Topshop uses are not bespoke to Topshop and are supplied by a company that has been working with leading retailers for the past 30 years. The mannequin in question has been used in stores the past 4 years and is based on a standard UK size 10.

The overall height, at 187cm, is taller than the average girl and the form is a stylised one to have more impact in store and create a visual focus.

Mannequins are made from solid fibreglass, so in order for clothing to fit, the form of the mannequins needs to be of certain dimensions to allow clothing to be put on and removed; this is therefore not meant to be a representation of the average female body.

– Topshop

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Gemma Oaten calls on Topshop to remove 'size zero' mannequins

Former Emmerdale star Gemma Oaten is calling on Topshop to replace its 'size zero' mannequins.

Gemma Oaten, a former sufferer of anorexia said the retailer was being "irresponsible."

Gemma's tweets come in the wake of a campaign launched by students in Leeds demanding an apologyfrom Victoria's Secret over their 'Perfect Body' campaign.

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