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Yorkshire tourism boss in "petit grand depart"

The man responsible for bringing the Tour de France to Yorkshire also got on his bike this weekend.

Gary Verity, from Welcome to Yorkshire, cycled the 120 mile route from Harewood, through the Yorkshire Dales to Harrogate. He was supported by colleagues and friends and some of the cast of Emmerdale.

It was all part the "petit grand depart" and involved hundreds of cyclists taking on part of the stage 1 route.

James Webster went along:


Emmerdale and Leeds' Corrie star get gongs at British Soap Awards

Leeds born soap star Helen Worth arriving for the 2014 British Soap Awards in London. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Leeds-born soap star Helen Worth and our Emmerdale colleagues, here at ITV Yorkshire,have picked up gongs at this weekend's British Soap Awards.

Coronation Street star Helen was presented with the "Outstanding Achievement" award for her role as Gail Platt. And Emmerdale won the award for "the most spectacular scene" for the dramatic Woolpack flood and siege

Curtain up on Leeds' seventh Zombie Film Festival

Dominic Brunt and Mark Charnock, better known as Emmerdale's Paddy and Marlon are the creative forces behind the Leeds Zombie Film Festival.

For the seventh year, un-dead enthusiasts will pile in to the Cottage Road Cinema in Headingley for hours of horror movie madness.

Mark told Calendar how the whole thing started off and explained his irrational love of all things zombie:

Soap stars line up for charity football match

Stars of Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street are to take on a team of ex-Sheffield United players in a charity football match.

Brammall Lane Credit: Press Association

Actors Jamie Lomas, Anthony Quinlan, Luke Roskell and Nico Mirallegro will be among those taking part in the match at Bramall Lane.

They will face a team of ex-Blades featuring Chris Morgan, Curtis Woodhouse, Craig Short and Keith Curle.

Others in the line-up include Chris Wilder, Dave Kitson and Leigh Bromby, with more names due to be confirmed.

Proceeds from the match on May 18 will go to Prostate Cancer UK and the Once Upon A Smile Foundation, which offers financial support and respite breaks to families who have suffered a bereavement.

Emmerdale star Danny Miller, co-founder of Once Upon A Smile, will be on the celebrities' team.

Danny said: "I can't wait to play at Bramall Lane. Sheffield was one of the first places we set out on the journey of charity football and it gives me great pleasure to play there again with me and the boys at Once Upon A Smile. It promises to be a great event."

Emmerdale's Danny Miller Credit: Press Association

Former Blades captain Chris Morgan, now a member of Nigel Clough's coaching team, said: "I'm sure all the players are keen to put on a Blades kit once again and the celebs will be looking forward to playing on the Bramall Lane pitch.

Chris Morgan Credit: Press Association

"The day, though, is all about raising vital funds for the two worthwhile charities and it would be fantastic to see as many people as possible come down and show their support. We hope it will be a great event to finish off a memorable season."

The match will be refereed by Howard Webb.Tickets cost £6 for adults and £1 for under-16s.

Emmerdale storyline raises awareness of HIV

Charlie Hardwick, who plays Val Pollard, on Emmerdale has been speaking to us about her character recently being diagnosed as HIV positive. She has taken on the storyline to raise awareness of the virus.

Over 50s are now the fastest growing group of people living with HIV - with rates expected to double over the next five years.


Emmerdale return for Sutton

Veteran actor Dudley Sutton is joining the cast of Emmerdale more than 15 years after he first appeared in the rural soap as a down-and-out.

Dudley Sutton is returning to Emmerdale Credit: Press Association

The 80-year-old Lovejoy star will play the ageing father of another new cast member, former Hollyoaks actor James Redmond, with the pair making their debuts next month.

Sutton said: "This will be my second appearance in Emmerdale as I appeared in 1997 as a tramp! It's great to be back in Yorkshire and I have fond memories of filming the Beiderbecke trilogy in the same building as Emmerdale is now filmed."

James Redmon will appear as Seb Credit: Press Association

His character, William, appears when Ruby Haswell, played by Alicya Eyo, applies to work as his carer but does not realise he is the father of her former boyfriend Seb.

Redmond said: "Having taken a five-year break from acting to concentrate on stand up comedy, I am really looking forward to getting back on the horse. It will be great to join the cast of Emmerdale and Seb will be my first time playing a northerner."

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