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Gold for Rio flatmates Kadeena Cox and Karen Darke

Golden girls Kadeena Cox and Karen Darke

They are flatmates in Rio - and this afternoon Kadeena Cox, from Leeds, and Karen Darke, from Mytholmroyd, are celebrating after both won Gold medals on day seven of the Paralympics.

Their wins see Great Britain surpassing the London 2012 total. ParalympicsGB now have 37 golds, improving on 34 four years ago.

Kadeena, 25, set a world record of one minute 0.71 seconds to win the T38 400m, having won gold in track cycling's C4-5 last week. And Karen, 45, took the H1-3 time trial title.

Her father, Mike, back in Mytholmroyd said simply: "Great. She deserves it!"


Calder Valley celebrates 'Alternative Christmas'

Six months on from the Boxing Day floods which devastated the Calder Valley, residents and business have been celebrating an 'Alternative Christmas' today.

Hebden Bridge celebrate Christmas in June Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The rains which started on Christmas Day saw festivities ruined for many people in both Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd - with hundreds of homes and business left under up to six feet of water.

The town council organised a day of Christmas festivities, with shops encouraged to get out the tinsel and baubles and decorate their businesses - to make up for the soggy Christmas they lost.

Hebden Bridge junior band kicked off the celebrations Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Hebden Bridge Junior Band kicked off celebrations by playing carols around a Christmas tree in the town's St George's Square at 11 am. They were also playing at Mytholmroyd Gala, which started at 12.15 pm, and accompanied there by a choir from Burnley Road Primary School, whose pupils have still not been able to return to their flooded classrooms and continue to be taught elsewhere.

There will be all the fun of the gala in Mytholmroyd, and street entertainment in Hebden Bridge throughout the day.

Flood defences aimed at preventing future disaster

Five months to the day since the Boxing Day floods devastated large parts of Calderdale, new defences costing £10 million have been unveiled in a bid to prevent a repeat of the disaster.

The village of Mytholmroyd was one of those worst affected, when the River Calder burst its banks last year. Hundreds of homes and business were engulfed by up to six feet of water.

The Environment Agency says it hopes the new scheme will help prevent future flooding. But some say more needs to be done. Chris Kiddey has the details.


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