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A Yorkshireman's best friend: One man and his camel

A man from North Yorkshire has a best friend of a different variety - an 11 foot camel called Jeffrey.

Simon gets ready to give Jeffrey a drop of his favourite tipple Credit: Ross Parry

Originally from Russia, it is thought that Jeffrey, owned by Simon Grant, from Sutton-on-the-Forest, is the UK's only pet camel.

Not only that, Simon read that Camels enjoy drinking beer, so after finding this to be true, Jeffery now gets a couple of pints mixed into his feed on special occasions.

Racing camels are often given a swig of beer before races to make them livelier.

Who says a dog is a man's best friend? Credit: Ross Parry

Bactrian camels can survive temperatures of around -25 Celsius, and are instantly recognisable by their twin humps.

There are thought to be around two million living in the world, but only around 800 of these are wild, living mostly in remote areas of Mongolia and Siberia.

Here's to you Jeffrey Credit: Ross Parry

Jeffrey was bought as a birthday present for Simon's son, Tom, seven years ago, and was brought over from Holland. The family bought him for £3,000 and nursed him back to health, after Tom mentioned in passing he was fond of the animals.

Jeffrey was brought over from Holland, aged four Credit: Ross Parry

Simon, a former racehorse jockey and trainer has trained the camel to be ridden.

Jeffrey could live until the ripe old age of 60, and will have his favourite tipple to thank in his old age.

York bids for creative recognition

Historic York bids for UNESCO recognition Credit: ITV News

York is making a bid to become a UNESCO City of Media Arts.

This would mean that it becomes part of a network of cities including Buenos Aires, Melbourne and Seville, known for their creativity.

The result of the bid will be revelaed later this year.

Budget tax break "could save lives"

The Great North Air Ambulance Service, which operates three aircraft across the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria, has welcomed the Government’s decision to abolish fuel duty for air ambulances.

The announcement follows a long campaign by supporters of air ambulances in the UK.

This is is the reaction of Jim Entwhistle from the Great North Air Ambulance.

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Ambulance charity welcomes budget tax break

Air ambulances will no longer have to pay VAT on fuel.

The Chancellor George Osborne made the announcement as part of the 2014 budget.

It is something that the Great North Air Ambulance has campaigned for many years to achieve.

The charity costs millions of pounds to run but has no public or government funding.

It operates three aircraft across the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria

We estimate that this move could save the charity around £25,000 a year, enough to pay for ten missions. This is clearly a significant contribution and we are grateful to all those people who have worked hard to make this happen, especially the many thousands who signed the online petition which triggered the debate in the first place.

“However, the hard work doesn’t stop here. This service alone costs £4m a year to run so our attentions must now turn to reaching our fundraising goal for 2014.”

– Mandy Drake, GNAAS head of fundraising
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