It started off with a bang. The spectacular fireworks display lit up the sky, launching Hull's year as City of Culture with gusto. What followed was 12 months of awe, wonder and sheer excitement, with an explosion of events, exhibitions and installations. And as well and the hordes of tourists who joined residents to enjoy and marvel and what was on offer, we had a fair share of famous people visiting too. Here, we take a look at some of the soap stars, actors, musicians, politicians and even Royalty who has visited the city this year - and what they had to say about Hull. 1) The Queen Who could forget the day in November when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II rolled into Hull Paragon Interchange in her royal train carriage. She greeted the City of Culture volunteers and residents from across the region with nothing but a smile on her face before hot-footing it into her car to be driven across the city. She went on to dine with Hull's very own Queen, the Bee Lady Jean Bishop, before … [Read more...] about The famous people who visited Hull in 2017 and loved it
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Our schools are filled to the brim with talented youngsters who are learning and growing thanks to the hard work and dedication of our teachers, teaching assistants and everyone else that helps to ensure they are rich, dynamic and supportive environments. Staff across Hull and Eats Yorkshire are working harder than ever to make sure our children have the knowledge and experience to be ready for the world of work – that could be as soon as next year for some or some way off for our thousands of primary school pupils . As we head towards the festive season at an alarming rate of knots, there is no better time to hand out some prizes to celebrate the schools, staff and organisations that go above and beyond to deliver the first-class education system we are so lucky to have in our area. Watch: The awards ceremony in 2017 Now in their fifth year, the Hull Daily Mail Golden Apples Education Awards celebrate the best East Yorkshire schools and colleges have to offer by recognising … [Read more...] about The incredible classroom heroes nominated for a Golden Apple
IN PICTURES: The 57 women battling to be crowned the 2018 Rose of Tralee The Rose of Tralee International Festival is as quintessentially Irish as the rain, Guinness and going to Mass on a Sunday and it all kicks off on Friday August 17, 2018. To launch our gallery of photos of all 57 women competing in this year’s competition click on the logo in the bottom left corner of the photograph above or on the link, also above. 2018 ROSE BIOGRAPHIESABU DHABI ROSE – SARA KATE MANGANMy name is Sara Kate Mangan, I am 26-years old, and honoured to represent Abu Dhabi in the Rose of Tralee Festival. At the age of 18 I moved to Liverpool to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse. After three fun filled years living in the city of The Beatles, a leap of faith took me even further afield from my humble Mayo roots to Abu Dhabi. What an adventure it has been. I am a dedicated and caring nurse working in the state of the art Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi where we provide exceptional … [Read more...] about IN PICTURES: Meet all 57 women hoping to be crowned the 2018 Rose of Tralee
As the council's new strategy for dealing with so-called 'van-dwellers' goes to consultation, residents, van-dwellers and the local authority have had their say on the causes and possible consequences should it be approved. Lived-in, street-parked vehicles are an increasingly common feature of the Bristol landscape. Bristol City Council estimates there are currently up to 200 lived-in vehicles on the city's streets. While some occupants have chosen that lifestyle, others have been left with no other option by the city's crippling housing crisis. On May 25 it was revealed that Bristol City Council had drawn up a new policy alongside Avon and Somerset Police specifically aimed at dealing with people living in mobile vehicles across the city - the Draft Policy for Vehicle Dwellers. Just four days previously, the city's largest encampment of van-dwellers in Greenbank View was handed their notice by the council and ordered to leave the site within two weeks in the wake of a suspected arson … [Read more...] about How do you solve a problem like van-dwellers in Bristol?
The Halifax is on a mission to find out “What home means to you” and have teamed up with The Mail and Viking FM to find out what matters most to readers and listeners. You could even win £500 by telling us what home means to you. Every week between now and Sunday 24 June 2018, one lucky person will also be chosen by the judges to be a winner, just like Emily Major and you can read her story below. We'll be celebrating the special places in people's lives and sharing those stories of home with #HalifaxLoveYourHome. This week it’s the turn of Anna Grzybowska, who launched herself into her community a mere 24 hours after arriving here. When Anna Grzybowska arrived in Hull from Poland, she didn’t waste a moment getting involved in the community. The young mum, who moved here in March 2012 with her then 14-month-old daughter Julia, was instantly out and about. “I thought Hull would be a good place because I knew there was a big Polish community here, and … [Read more...] about I have not been afraid to join in and speak to people