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Former Super League winger Brown joins Halifax

Halifax have signed former Hull KR winger Alex Brown from Leigh.

Halifax have signed former Hull KR wing Alex Brown Credit: Press Association

Brown spent much of last season on loan at Batley, and former Fax coach Karl Harrison agreed a deal to bring him to The Shay just before he left to join Bradford Bulls as assistant coach.

"Alex played plenty of Super League for Hull KR in 2013, so he’s had some success at the top level,” said Halifax coach Richard Marshall.

“I’m not sure why things didn’t work out for him at Leigh, but he’s at the stage now where needs to settle down and enjoy his rugby again.

“He is a big, strong player who will add some size and speed to the backline. We’ve got three specialist wingers in Alex, Tommy Saxton and Gareth Potts and they all bring something slightly different to the team.

“I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen of Tommy; he gets his nose through the line and gets the team moving forward.

“I’ll be looking for Alex to do something similar and I’m sure it’s going to be a great competition between those three for the wing spots."

Marshall has also added to his backroom team, with long-serving Swinton player and coach Marlon Billy being appointed as his assistant for 2015.

"Marlon has been pretty much a one-club man, which says a lot about his honesty and his strength of character,” said Marshall.

"I spoke to a few people, but Marlon showed a lot of desire to come here and he’s excited about progressing his own career as a coach.

"I played with him at Swinton, coached him at Swinton, and he’s someone who will do a good job for us.

"He was a back as a player, which I felt was important, he’s reasonably local and he’s got a good knowledge of the Championship, the teams in it, the players in it.

"I used to bump into him at Warrington when Swinton were training there and I’ve had a few conversations with him about coaching.

"His philosophy fits with mine and he’s not afraid to ruffle a few feathers either, which is good."

Halifax songstress hoping to emulate Ed Sheeran

Halifax singer songwriter Jess Thristan has been tipped as the next best thing to come out of the town since Ed Sheeran.

The 19-year-old has been on the scene for less than a year but can take inspiration from Sheeran's success and that of Ella Henderson from Lincolnshire who has topped the UK album charts with her debut release.

Jess was first spotted on social media, but now practices at a studio in her hometown.

Sarah Clark has been to meet her:

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Halifax singer/songwriter Jess releases first single

Teenager singer/songwriter sensation Jess Thristan fom Halifax releases her first single, "Little Bird", today.

Jess Thristan

The 19-year-old's decision to take a gap year after A-levels to concentrate on her music has paid dividends - she's being tipped as the next best thing to come out of the town since Ed Sheeran.

And you can see Jess's new music video here

Primary school children rehearse flash mob in Halifax

Pupils rehearse flash mob for Royal Albert Hall performance

650 primary school pupils from across Calderdale are preparing to head to the Royal Albert Hall next month where they'll perform a flash mob. They've been rehearsing for the event in Halifax town centre. Organisers say the performance celebrates the diversity of Calderdale and its community.

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Investigation after train-guard head-butted in attack

British Transport Police are investigating Credit: PA

British Transport Police are investigating after a train guard was head-butted and punched on a train travelling to Halifax.

The 47-year-old guard from Huddersfield tried to intervene following a domestic between a man and a woman, and tried to calm the situation down.

The man escaped from the train after kicking the doors a number of times. Officers are now appealing for witnesses. It happened on Saturday 27th September.

All pets allowed at special Halifax animal blessing

Sunday service at Halifax minister could be a bit noisier than normal today as the RSPCA holds its annual animal blessing service .

All creatures great and small are invited to the minster to take part in the service which is being conducted by Trish Boyd.

In previous years, the service has attracted an array of animals including birds of prey and a pony.

The blessing starts at 2.30pm and RSPCA staff will be on hand at the church to welcome and assist the owners and their pets.

Richard Marshall named as new Halifax coach

Halifax have named Warrington Wolves’ assistant and England Academy boss Richard Marshall as their new coach for 2015.

Marshall also played for Huddersfield Giants from 2000-2001 Credit: Press Association

38-year-old Marshall, a former front rower who began his Super League career as a player at the Shay in the mid-1990s, succeeds his former captain Karl Harrison, who left the club last month after three years in charge.

Marshall, who has spent six years at the Wolves as under 20s and first team coach, sealed a three year deal late last night after emerging from a high quality field with applicants from Australia as well as the UK.

Richard was very impressive at interview and he’s got a fantastic background. As a club, we needed to raise the bar in all areas before next year’s league restructure and Richard will help us do that on the football side of the business.

He is very, very professional in everything he does; he’s done six years at one of the biggest clubs in the game under Tony Smith and he’s coached some of the best players in the world.

For us, I have absolutely no doubt he is the right appointment.

– Halifax director, Ian Croad.
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