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Historic Saltaire street set for revamp

Revamp planned for historic Victoria Road Credit: Bradford City Council

Residents and business owners in Saltaire are being asked to decide the best way to spend £700,000 on improvements to Victoria Road Saltaire.

The funding has been provided by Bradford Council to give a much-needed facelift to the main road leading through the World Heritage site village.

Over the years Victoria Road has begun to suffer from problems with damaged pavements, overgrown trees, patchy repairs to the footpath and uneven surfaces for wheelchair users and other people with mobility difficulties.

Letters have already gone out in the area, explaining the options, and two drop-in information events have been organised.

The first is at Victoria Hall, on Friday 4 April, between 2pm and 7pm, and the second is at Saltaire Methodist Church, on Saturday 5 April, between 10am and 2pm.

Drawings, photographs, surveys and information relating to the background research and options will be available for viewing and Council officers will be there to answer questions.

Subject to the outcome of the consultation, the planned start for construction work is autumn this year and it could be finished by March 2016.

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Royal visit for Saltaire Brewery

Princess Anne Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Princess Anne will give the royal seal of approval to the Saltaire Brewery this afternoon.

The Princess Royal will tour the brewery before officially unveiling a special Celebration brew made in her honour and new brewery kit.

Before she leaves the Princess will unveil a commemorative plaque and she will then be toasted with the specially brewed Celebration Ale.

Alpaca trek to honour family heritage

The Alpaca originates from South America Credit: Press Association

Alpacas will take centre stage today as a West Yorkshire man looks to celebrate his ancestors.

Jamie Roberts is commemorating the 120th anniversary of his great great grandfather saving the Salts Mill from bankruptcy. Jamie is combining this with the 35th anniversary of Kilnsey park, of which he is the owner.

Jamie's ancestor Sir James Roberts made his fortune from alpaca wool, so Jamie - dressed in a similar outfit to Sir James - will trek from the mill in Saltaire to his family's estate in the Yorkshire Dales accompanied by alpacas.

Yobs target trains in Bradford

British Transport Police officers say lives were put in danger when stones were thrown at passing trains at Hirst Wood Foot Crossing near Saltaire yesterday. Five trains were damaged.

The incident took place between 6.30pm and 7.20pm.

Two trains had door windows smashed - the other three suffered damage to the outer skin of the trains.

Whoever was responsible for this foolish and dangerous act put the lives of rail passengers and staff in danger.

“We urge those who think that throwing objects at trains on the railway is fun to think about the consequences of their actions. Luckily on this occasion no-one was hurt but someone could have quite easily been seriously injured or even killed.

– Sgt Andrew Roberts, British Transport Police

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Trains vandalised in Saltaire

Police patrols have been stepped up in Saltaire after objects were thrown at trains.

The items, believed to be stones, were thrown at passing trains at Hirst Wood Foot Crossing, near Hirst Wood Road yesterday. Five trains were damaged.

Two had door windows smashed; the other three suffered damage to the outer skin of the trains.

Whoever was responsible for this foolish and dangerous act put the lives of rail passengers and staff in danger.

We urge those who think that throwing objects at trains on the railway is fun to think about the consequences of their actions. Luckily on this occasion no-one was hurt but someone could have quite easily been seriously injured or even killed.

– Sergeant Andrew Roberts, British Transport Police

These mindless acts of vandalism are costing us much more than a hefty bill. They can cause serious shock and upset to our drivers and conductors, and as a result, our passengers can suffer long and unnecessary delays and disruption to their journey.

It also puts the safety of our employees and passengers at risk. I would urge anyone with information to contact the British Transport Police immediately before someone is seriously injured.

– Richard Allan, Area Director for Northern Rail

Legacy of Yorkshire's mills

Laxtons Mill, Guisley Credit: Laxtons

An exhibition highlighting the fashion and textile legacy of the Yorkshire mills called Wool Re-Fashioned will be held at Salts Mills in Saltaire. The launch of the exhibition will be hosted by Woolmark , top fashion author Colin McDowell MBE and Peter Ackroyd MBE,

the President of the International Wool & Textile Organisation. *There will be talks from the Huddersfield-born Creative Director of Burberry Christopher Bailey on why the fashion house still chooses Yorkshire wool, and live demonstrations from Vivienne Westwood's weavers and spinners, Laxtons. *

The free exhibition will run until the 11th of November, and offer visitors the chance to see vintage pieces from the Yorkshire Fashion Archive including Issey Miyake, Ossie Clark and Comme des Garcons as well as M&S and Laura Ashley. **

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