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Tourism in Scarborough up as national figures fall

More than £500 million was spent by tourists in Scarborough last year according to figures released today.

Tourism in Scarborough up as national figures fall Credit: Nick Fletcher

The Great Britain Tourism Survey found that while visitor numbers and average spend fell nationally, they were higher in Scarborough than in 2013, which the borough council says it is delighted with.

In the area, the number of overseas visitors increased and the amount spent by those tourists rose by 13 per cent.

Nationally, domestic overnight trips fell by 9 per cent.

Increase in domestic overnight trips
Increase in domestic trip spend

We’re obviously delighted with these results and they reflect the positive conversations we’ve had with local tourism businesses in the last 12 months about trade being buoyant in all parts of the borough.

– Cllr Andrew Backhouse, Scarborough Borough Council


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Family and friends gather for the funeral of John Stollery

Mourners are gathering at St Edmund's Church in Walesby, Notts for the funeral of John Stollery.

The church only holds 100 and many more are expected to listen to the service outside.

There will be a guard of honour from veterans of the Parachute Association. Mr Stollery served with 2 Para Regiment before becoming a social worker.

John Stollery was one of 38 victims killed in the attack on June 26.

He had worked at Nottinghamshire County Council for 33 years and had worked with children in care for the last 16 years.

100,000 passengers expected at Leeds Bradford airport for busiest getaway

Around a hundred thousand passengers will use Leeds Bradford Airport this coming week, one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

Around 100,000 passengers expected at Leeds Bradford airport for busiest travel period Credit: Press Association

Meanwhile tourism bosses say the amount spent by visitors within Yorkshire increased by almost a half over the first three months of this year compared to last.

Council workers to hold silence for Tunisia attack victims

Council workers in Lincolnshire will hold a minute's silence for victims of the Tunisia terror attack today.

Tributes will be paid to 24-year-old Carly Lovett from Gainsborough during a West Lindsey District Council meeting.

As leader of West Lindsey District Council I would like to offer our sincerest condolences to all the families and friends of those who were killed or injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

– Cllr Jeff Summers, leader of the council


Funeral of Tunisia victim John Stollery to take place

The funeral of a retired social worker who was killed in last month's Tunisia terror attack will take place later today.

Credit: Nottinghamshire Council

John Stollery from the Newark area worked at Nottinghamshire County Council for 33 years.

He was among 30 Britons killed when a gunman opened fire on a beach in Sousse.

Severe delays after lorry hits central reservation on A1

Motorists are being warned to expect delays following a single vehicle collision on the A1 south of Claypole this morning.

Police were called just after 7.50am following a report of a heavy goods vehicle having collided with the central reservation.

One lane of the southbound carriageway has been closed while the vehicle is recovered. Police, fire and ambulance crews remain at the scene.

The driver, who is being treated at the scene, is not believed to be seriously injured.

Expansion plans for 2016 Tour de Yorkshire

Plans are underway for next year's Tour de Yorkshire which involve a fourth day and more teams.

Expansion plans for 2016 Tour de Yorkshire Credit: Press Association

It is thought Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity is hoping for two flatter stages and two varied stages to lure some of the world's best sprinters to the race this time round.

The women's race will follow the route of one of the men's stages and could involve one of the biggest winner's prize funds in the women's sport.

The start and finish points are expected to be announced in September.

Congregation hears the final words of Tunisia victim at funeral

Hundreds of people in our region - and around the UK - mourned the loss of victims of the Tunisia attack.

The funerals of Carly Lovett from Lincolnshire and Bruce Wilkinson from East Yorkshire took place, as well as services for eight other British victims - including three generations of one family.

Carly, the youngest victim of the terror attack, had told her fiancé she loved him as she died.

Helen Steel reports:

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