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Community spirit will 'protect our village'

Residents in North Yorkshire are hoping their strong community spirit will help protect the future of their village.

While many rural areas are struggling to keep local shops and services going, a new store and tearooms are the latest addition in Eppleby near Richmond.

The village is home to around 400 people and nine miles from the nearest town.

It still has a school, pub, part-time post office and a thriving village hall but has been without a shop for a number of years after the last one closed down.

Anthony Allum, who owns the business, has lived in Eppleby for nearly 40 years and says everyone works together to do the best for the village.

He is not expecting to make a profit from the shop but hopes by adding to what Eppleby has to offer, younger families may decide to move in.

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Full report: Georgian Theatre appeal

The oldest working theatre in the country is launching a fundraising appeal to try to save the two hundred and twenty five year old venue from closure.

Richmond's famous Georgian Theatre Royal celebrates three major milestones this year but is finding it tough in the current economic climate. Bosses are now hoping donors will help secure its future:

Oldest theatre in Britain launches fundraising appeal

The Georgian Theatre Royal interior Credit: The Georgian Theatre Royal

The oldest working theatre in the UK is launching a fundraising appeal to try to save the venue from closure.

The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire, dates back to 1788.

Like many arts organisations, it is facing a challenging time as funds are cut.

This year the theatre celebrates a trio of anniversaries and has decided to set a target to raise £122,500 from donations to help it stay as a performance venue.

The theatre first opened 225 years ago. It is 50 years since its re-opening after the doors closed for more than a century, and this year also marks the tenth anniversary since the theatre was fully restored in a one million pound makeover.

The Georgian Theatre Royal view from stage Credit: The Georgian Theatre Royal

Its supporters say its survival is vital to the local community.

Malcolm Bryant, Chairman for the Theatre said: "Everyone is aware that this is currently a challenging time for the Arts organisations. ..

This is particularly so for the Georgian Theatre Royal, which, in addition to its artistic programme makes a major contribution to tourism, young people and the wider community. The Triple Anniversary Appeal will support all our activities and allow us to educate and entertain."

Chairman: "Let our theatre flourish"

The chairman of Britain's oldest working theatre is appealing to the public to help safeguard its future.

Launching the Georgian Theatre Royal Triple Anniversary Appeal to raise more than £100,000 Malcolm Bryant said,

"Everyone is aware that this is currently a challenging time for Arts organisations. This is particularly so for the unique Georgian Theatre Royal which in addition to its artistic programme makes a major contribution to tourism, young people and the wider community. The Triple Anniversary Appeal will support all our activities and allow us to continue to educate and entertain. To reach the target, the Georgian Theatre Royal needs local and national patrons to support the appeal and donate to enable this extraordinary Theatre to survive and flourish."

– Malcolm Bryant, Chairman of the Georgian Theatre Royal

The theatre in Richmond, North Yorkshire, originally opened in 1788.

Britain's oldest theatre pleads for funds

The Georgian Theatre Royal auditorium Credit: The Georgian Theatre Royal

Britain's oldest working theatre is launching an appeal to secure financial support for the future.

The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond needs more than 100 thousand pounds in donations to help it develop more learning facilities.

It is 225 years since the theatre was first built in 1788, 50 years since it re-opened in 1963 and 10 years since the theatre was fully restored in 2003.

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Soldiers march through Richmond

Soldiers return home Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

More troops returning from Afghanistan will march through North Yorkshire on Monday.

Last week hundreds of returning soliders were awarded medals, and today another 400 based at Catterick Garrison will parade through Richmond.

Full Report: Council tax discount to be offered to flood victims

Flood victims who are forced to move out of their homes will be offered discounts on their council tax for up to a year in one part of the region.

The plans for the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire follow last year's severe weather and as Claire Montgomery reports, they're being welcomed by those whose homes were flooded.

You can watch her full report below.

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