It was a far cry from the racing at Aintree, but Yorkshire held it's own great steeplechase today with a 'Lamb National' in York. The race at Castle Howard was all part of the Easter Celebrations at the estate.
Hundreds of spectators turned out to cheer on Woolly Jumper, Red Ram and Mint Sauce along a course of brightly coloured jumps.
The Archbishop of York has immersed 16 people in a pool of water during open-air Easter baptisms today. Dr John Sentamu conducted the ceremony for the churchgoers, all from different Christian denominations, in a specially erected pool outside York Minster.
The Archbishop of York will be immersing people in a tank of water today for the annual Easter open-air baptism. Dr John Sentamu, will be conducting the ceremony for churchgoers from all different christian denominations.
He will be helping push worshippers under the water as they publicly re-affirm their faith. It is an historic tradition which symbolises the resurrection of Jesus.
Over a thousand bikers took to the streets of Sheffield for their very own Easter parade today all to raise money for Sheffield Children's Hospital. And leading them was Doncaster's former world superbike champion James Toseland.
Over 1000 bikers had their very own Easter parade through the streets of Sheffield. They finished their ride at Sheffield Children's Hospital and hope to raise over £5,000 for it through donations.
Leading them through the city streets was former world super bike champion James Toseland who, with his wife singer Katie Melua, are hospital patrons. Both were on hand to deliver Easter eggs to children on the wards.
Former World Superbike Champion James Toseland is leading a parade of around 2000 motorcyclists through Sheffield to raise money for The Children's Hospital Charity.
The Children’s Hospital is a very special place and the staff do incredible work, so it’s always an absolute pleasure to support this event each year.
The motorcyclists who come along are always so generous and supportive and I am always touched by the strength and courage of the patients and their families at the hospital - it’s a really humbling experience. “
Prime Minister David Cameron sent his best wishes to Christians celebrating Easter, saying it was an "exciting time for the faith" and paying tribute to the Christian principle of charity, as shown in the government's spending in overseas aid. He said:
"This year’s Holy Week and Easter celebrations follow an extraordinary few days for Christians.
“In the Bible, Saint Peter reminds us of the hope that comes from new birth through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Christians, it also reminds us of Jesus’s legacy of generosity, tolerance, mercy, and forgiveness.
“That legacy lives on in so many Christian charities and churches both at home and abroad... As long as I am Prime Minister, they will have the support of this Government.
“With that in mind, I am particularly proud to lead a Government that has kept its promise to invest 0.7 per cent of our gross national income on helping the world’s poorest...I hope you have a very happy Easter.”