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Taiwanese pop star weds in North Yorkshire

Selby Abbey and Castle Howard in North Yorkshire are expected to benefit from an influx of Asian tourists after the two venues hosted the wedding celebrations of the Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou.

Jay Chou with fans outside Castle Howard in North Yorkshire Credit: Jay Chou Facebook

The star, who has sold 30 million albums, was once called the 'Asian King of Pop' by the Asian version of Time magazine.

On Sunday, he married the Australian model Hannah Quinlavin at Selby Abbey, before hosting a party reportedly costing £2m for 50 friends and relatives at Castle Howard. The house and grounds were closed for the day.

There is huge interest in the wedding in East Asia. One magazine described fans in China as 'heartbroken'. His name was reportedly searched more than 520 million times on the social network Weibo over the weekend.

Jay Chou has posted these pictures of people who waited for him outside the venues in North Yorkshire and thanked fans for their support.

A number of fans waited for Jay Chou outside the venue Credit: Jay Chou Facebook

The star also posted his wedding video to his Facebook page:


New leisure complex planned for Selby

Major plans for new leisure facilities in Selby have been unveiled.

A submission to Selby District Council’s planning committee details a leisure village proposal, which will be built alongside the new Scott Road leisure centre when it opens next year.

If given the go-ahead, the site will include an indoor ski slope, a five-lane ten-pin bowling alley, an indoor skate and BMX park, an indoor adventure play area, and a high ropes area.

A report submitted to planners said the site would complement the more traditional sports facilities at the leisure centre, which include a six-lane 25m swimming pool and a learner pool, a studio gym, sauna and steam rooms and an outdoor all-weather sports pitch.

A decision is expected on the plans in February.

Scarborough man sentenced to 15 years in jail for historic sexual abuse

A 59-year-old man from Scarborough has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the historic sexual abuse of a young girl.

Peter Philip Wallis, now of Thornden Buildings, Selby appeared at York Crown Court on Friday November 21, 2014, when he pleaded guilty to six counts of rape, three counts of indecent assault and one of gross indecency.

The offences took place between 1985 and 1994 in Scarborough.

"Wallis is an evil man who subjected his victim to sustained abuse over a number of years.

He has thankfully been imprisoned for a substantial length of time for his utterly appalling crimes.

“I would like to take the opportunity to praise the victim for her courage in coming forward and reporting these distressing crimes she was subjected to by Wallis.”

– Det Cons Nadine Evans of North Yorkshire Police


Train delays due to Selby swing bridge problem

There have been delays to passengers travelling between Selby and Hull throughout the morning. It is due to a problem with the swing bridge at Selby. Engineers have been trying to fix the issue and there are delays of up to ten minutes on services.

The bridge only reopened last week follow six weeks of repairs.

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