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A fifth of Yorkshire Year Six schoolchildren are obese

Statistics out today show that almost a fifth of Yorkshire's schoolchildren are obese in their last year at primary school. A national programme to measure children also indicates that the situation amounts children is worse than ten years ago.

Parkinson Lane Primary School in Halifax runs a breakfast club to encourage children to eat healthy food. Headmaster Gugsy Ahmed says parents are encouraged to attend exercise classes alongside their children to make sure that the message about active lifestyle reaches pupils when they go home from school.

Ballance back in England team

Ballance was dropped from the England team after a poor Ashes performance Credit: PA

Yorkshire cricketer Gary Ballance has been recalled to the England squad for the winter tour to South Africa.

The 25-year-old was dropped from the England team after struggling in the first two Ashes tests against Australia this summer.

He joins county teammates Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow in the 16 man squad.

Although there is no place for either Adil Rashid or Liam Plunkett.


Spooky goings-on at Yorkshire park

There are ghoulish goings-on this October half term at a Yorkshire Park as it gears up for Halloween.

Spooky goings-on at Stockeld Park

A spooky spectacular of family fun is being hosted at Stockeld Park near Wetherby where visitors get the chance to take part in a host of ghoulish goings-on.

This weekend Christian Russell, an expert Pumpkin carver will demonstrate his skill and share tips on how to create the perfect creepy creation

Christian Russell is a professional video game artist who every year turns his creative hand to pumpkin carving. He has gained quite a reputation throughout Yorkshire as a competent sculptor of pumpkins culminating in him carving a whopping 465 kg Pumpkin last year which made National news!

You can also pick your own Pumpkin from the home grown patch - which we have been nurturing for months - along with a free carving sheet giving you additional tips and advice."

– Amy Croxton, Stockeld Park

As well as the usual activities of face painting, arts and crafts, ice skating, nordic skiing and the giant maze, Monday 26, sees the start of the 'Witch Trail' through the Enchanted Forest and the annual Wizard and Witch Training.

Yorkshire Dales to be extended

Plans to extend the Yorkshire Dales national park to create the largest area of almost continuous protected land in the country have been announced by the government today.

Yorkshire Dales Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Under the proposals the Yorkshire Dales will grow by almost a quarter - along with the Lake District which will be extended by 3 per cent.

The merger - which will virtually join up the spaces is aimed at boosting rural tourism in the area and comes into effect next August.

Four Yorkshire brass bands compete for national title

Four brass bands from Yorkshire are on stage this afternoon competing to become UK champions.

Black Dyke brass band on stage at the Albert Hall

20 bands from across Britain will battle it out at the Albert Hall to win the National title.

Black Dyke brass band, Brighouse and Rastrick band, Grimethorpe Colliery band and Carlton Main Frickley Colliery band all made it through to the final.

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