A family from the Yorkshire Dales say it is imperative that a North Yorkshire hospital retains its paediatric and maternity services.
The campaign to save maternity and children's services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton has been stepped up after new research.
Thousands turned out to see the Olympic flame carried through North Yorkshire.
The MP for Richmond, William Hague, has addressed those gathered in Northallerton to march against the proposed closure of the paediatric department at the Friarage Hospital in the town.
As part of his opening speech the Foreign Secretary said that people who live in rural areas 'deserve as good health care as those living in urban areas'.
Hundreds are gathering in Northallerton as a rally against the possible closure of a paediatric and maternity hospital in the town gets underway.
A rolling road closure has been put in place for the march which will take a route from County Hall to the Friarage Hospital at the Bullamoor Memorial Fields, beginning at 2.40pm.
The future of the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton will be discussed at a public meeting this evening.
Councillor John Blackie, Richmondshire District Council, has been campaigning against the NHS proposals. He says he's never seen an issue sit so firmly on the public radar.
A public meeting is being held to discuss plans to cut children's services at a hospital in North Yorkshire.
No overnight paediatric care or any special baby care will be available at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton if NHS proposals go ahead.
It would mean that families would have to travel to larger hospitals like The James Cook, Middlesbrough.
Nine public meetings are being held over the next few weeks to discuss the plans. The first takes place in Thirsk tonight.
Dr Vicky Pleydell, a representative of the Commissioning Group, says changes are about ensuring the services on offer are safe.
A portrait of HRH Queen Elizabeth II will go on show at the Platinum Galleries in Northallerton today.
Royal artist Darren Baker will be speaking to members of the public about the painting he worked on for 400 hours.
Mr Baker said the Original Royal Portrait commission has been the greatest honour of his career and an experience he will always treasure.