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Sale of cycling mural raises £50,000 for Yorkshire charities

Yorkshire Air Ambulance has received a £25,000 donation from the sale of a giant mural depicting some of cycling’s super heroes.

Stephen Gee, right, presents Yorkshire Air Ambulance North Yorkshire Fundraising Manager Tony Doveston with a cheque for £25,000

The eight pieces of art were commissioned by Harrogate-based interior design specialists The Stephen Neall Group as part of their celebrations to mark last year’s Grand Depart.

Last summer, the pieces were mounted onto an outside wall of The Factory building in Harrogate, office and showroom for Group company Poliform North.

Stephen Neall Group's Stephen Gee decided to auction the mural with all proceeds split between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and cycling charity The Dave Rayner Trust Fund.

The unique installation was bought by South Yorkshire-based Dransfield Properties for £50,000 – on the condition that each living cyclist depicted should sign their picture.

Ten months and nearly 1,800 miles later, Stephen completed the challenge with the signature of Belgian cycling icon Eddy Merck.

It was certainly a challenge, not just getting the agreement of each cyclist but then finding a time and place when the pictures could be signed. It was a remarkable adventure and such an honour to be in the company of cycling greats past and present.

– Stephen Gee


Witness appeal following sexual assault in Sheffield

Detectives are appealing for information following the reported sexual assault of a 24-year-old woman in Sheffield.

Credit: West Yorkshire Police

At around 5.40am on Sunday, the woman was walking through the underpass that runs underneath the roundabout at the bottom of Ecclesall Road near to Waitrose, when a man is alleged to have sexually assaulted her.

The woman screamed and ran off into the Waitrose car park.

The man is described as being black, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 9ins tall, of slim build and aged in his mid 20s.

Police say he had dark brown eyes and a bit of stubble on his chin, and was reportedly wearing a jacket and jeans.

Witnesses to the incident or anyone with information is urged to contact police.


More than 60 new acts announced for Leeds Festival

More than 60 new acts have been added to to the line-up of this year's Leeds Festival, the organisers have announced.

alt-J performing in London in 2013 Credit: Press Association

The event, on August Bank Holiday Weekend, is being headlined by Mumford & Sons, Metallica and The Libertines. Indie rock band alt-J will also be performing on the main stage this year.

We're really over the moon to be returning to Leeds. It'll be our third time playing, and we always have the best time.

– Gus Unger-Hamilton (alt-J)

Palma Violets will be joining alt-J on the main stage on Saturday at Leeds, treating revelers to cuts from their upcoming album ‘Danger In The Club’.

Fusing dub step and rock to create a sound that is entirely their own, London’s Modestep step up to the plate on Sunday at Leeds, joined on the bill by raucous LA skate punks FIDLAR and Japanese metal idol stars Babymetal, who will be opening the stage.

Friday at Leeds will see the return of The Gaslight Anthem, after performances from Against Me! and Feed The Rhino.

Leeds band Hawk Eyes have also been named as one of the 60 new acts to take to the stage this year

The Leeds Festival will take place on the Bank Holiday Weekend of 28th to 30th August.

21-gun salute in York to mark the Queen's 89th birthday

The Army will wheel out the big guns in York to mark the 89th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen later today.

The 21-gun salute in York in 2013. Credit: Press Association

The 21-gun salute will be preceded by a musical procession by the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps, who will march from Duncombe Place, near York Minster, to the Museum Gardens.

On the stroke of noon, three 105mm Light Guns will be fired by soldiers of 3/29 (Corunna) Battery of the 4th Regiment Royal Artillery based in Topcliffe, near Thirsk.

The salute consists of 21 rounds being fired at 10-second intervals.

York is one of 12 saluting stations in Britain, which include London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff, and is the only one in the north of England.

Owls Vice Chairman to leave club

Sheffield Wednesday has announced that the club's Vice Chairman, Paul Aldridge, will leave Hillsborough at the end of next season.

The news follows the appointments of Adam Pearson and Glenn Roeder as advisors to new chairman Dejphon Chansiri.

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