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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.


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.


Halifax RLFC coaches leave to 'pursue other opportunities'

Halifax Head Coach Karl Harrison and his assistant Lee Greenwood are to leave the club after agreeing with directors that their contracts would not be renewed.

A statement on the club's website said:

In the context of current difficulties within the Club, for which they have no responsibility, the Directors have agreed with Karl that his 3 year contract should not be renewed, and have also agreed that he should have the immediate opportunity to pursue other opportunities, within the game

– Halifax RLFC statement
Karl Harrison playing for Halifax in 1997 Credit: Press Association

Karl Harrison is an outstanding man, who has served this Club with distinction on the field, as a member of its Hall of Fame, and as Coach. His period in charge will particularly be remembered for the Northern Rail Cup win in 2012. His achievements with the limited resources at his disposal have been exceptional.

Lee Greenwood is also a distinguished former player, whose coaching skills are outstanding as his successes with Calderdale College, demonstrate. When the time is right, and the Club’s position improves, I can envisage his rejoining the Coaching Team.

In the short term the Club wishes both of them well

– Michael Steele, Halifax RLFC Chairman

Ed Sheeran beats music heavyweights to win best male video award

Ed Sheeran in the press room at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards held at The Forum Credit: Tammie Arroyo/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment

Ed Sheeran has beaten music heavyweights Pharrell, Eminem and John Legend to win best male video at MTV Video Music Awards 2014.

The Halifax born singer-songwriter took the accolade for Sing, saying he was glad he attended the annual star-studded event which was held in California. It is the second time he has been nominated for best male video, after narrowly missing out last year with "Lego House" from his debut album.

Lanes closed on roundabout off M62 after serious collision

West Yorkshire Police say the A58 is now closed in both directions between Westfield Lane and Chain Bar roundabout due to the collision involving motorbike and van.

They say the male motorcyclist has serious injuries and has been taken to Leeds General Infirmary.

World War One exhibition opens in Halifax

An exhibition to commemorate the role Calderdale played during World War One has opened in Halifax today. Over fifty families from across the local area have contributed wartime stories and objects from their ancestors to make up the 'For King and Country' exhibition at Bankfield Museum.

Some of the items on display have been put forward by the family of Arthur Smith from Halifax, who fought in the war as a Gunner in the Royal Artillery. We spoke to his grandson, Richard.

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