IN PICTURES: Selkirk Haggis Hunt 2019 A new strain of woolly haggis proved tempting quarry for seasoned hunters at the Selkirk Haggis Hunt on Sunday. In fact it proved so intriguiing that a record-breaking 500 hunters were clocked heading up Selkirk Hill, armed with baggie nets and sticks, for the traditional cull. From humble beginnings by a few customers at the Town Arms Inn 15 years ago, the hunt is now a well-established source of haggis control and supply in the run up to Burns night.Hunters, dressed in tartan and tweed, enjoyed a stirrup cup in Market Place before being piped up the hill by the Towns Arm Band. After a brief stop to dance the haggis polka, to the tune of Riddle Fiddles, the hunters took to the hill to flush out the Chieftains o’ the Pudding Race.The finest haggis was piped around the Chinese Hut three times, addressed by Matthew Burgess and toasted by happy hunters clutching their catch.Davey Scott, joint master of the hunt, said: “I suspect … [Read more...] about IN PICTURES: Hunters net new strain of beast at Selkirk Haggis Hunt
A decade ago, a young naval medic from Plymouth won over the nation's hearts as story broke of her incredible act of courage. Whitleigh woman Kate Nesbitt's split second decision to save the life of a horrifically-injured soldier saw her become an instant hero. Remarkably, she scrambled 70 yards across open ground in war-torn Afghanistan to save her comrade as Taliban bullets rained down. Able seaman Nesbitt recalled the dramatic moment back in 2009, when she was just 21, after receiving the Military Cross for her sensational bravery upon her return to the UK. The 5ft warrior became the first Royal Navy service woman to receive the prestigious honour, presented to her by Prince Charles. Now, her tale has been told all over again - and it's captured the attention of a new generation amazed by what humble Kate managed to achieve in the face of adversity. The image capturing the awe-inspiring moment Kate received her honour from Royalty has been beamed across Facebook and shared tens of … [Read more...] about Who is Kate Nesbitt and why is everyone sharing this picture?
A gruesome picture shows a trail of blood that has been smeared on a wall after someone injured themselves trying to get into a house. A shocked passer-by discovered the grim scene as he was heading to the train station on Sunday, January 20. The picture, taken in North Street by Danny Jones, 24, shows a smashed window and a large amount of blood smeared onto the walls and the floor. Police are investigating after the trail of blood was found outside a Langley Mill home, reports Derbyshire Live. Detectives say the blood trail was caused by someone trying to gain entry to the house before injuring themselves and fleeing the scene. Officers say they were called to North Street at around 9.20am on Sunday morning and confirmed enquiries are still ongoing. Mr Jones, of Wolverhampton, who took the photo after visiting his girlfriend, said: "I walked past and I had my head down and saw the glass was red. "I though that's weird, so I looked at the wall and the first thing I did was take a … [Read more...] about Shocking picture shows blood-smeared wall and trail outside house
With ‘stop smoking’ a New Year’s resolution for many, Huddersfield researchers look at the effectiveness of health warnings on cigarette packets. Laura Drysdale reports. The message about the dangers of smoking is getting through more effectively with new-style cigarette packaging, research has suggested.Regulations introduced in the UK in 2016 insist that health warnings, made up of text and pictures, must occupy 65 per cent of the front and back of cigarette and tobacco packaging.The names of the manufacturer and the brand must also now be printed in a low key standardised style, against a drab brown background. Previous studies indicated that before these new regulations, smokers tended to divert their attention away from text-based warnings, concentrating on the distinctive branding.But researchers at the University of Huddersfield have used eye-tracking technology to demonstrate how the focus has now shifted with the redesigned packaging, suggesting smokers are … [Read more...] about New research suggests smokers are paying more attention to picture health warnings on cigarette packets
A lane of the A19 southbound has been reopened following a lorry fire where a man was taken to hospital with burns. Pictures show the aftermath of the blaze which saw both carriageways of the A19 closed yesterday evening. The incident took place at around 5pm yesterday when a heavy goods vehicle collided with a bridge and set alight on the A19 near to the A174 Parkway. One lane was reopened in the early hours of this morning but drivers are being told to expect delays as resurfacing work is carried out throughout the day.A spokesman for Cleveland and Durham Road Policing Unit said: "The road will be reduced to one lane and a 50mph limit whilst bridge repairs are carried out."Drivers are asked to use alternative routes where possible. Thank you for your patience." The driver was taken to hospital with burns however his injuries are not believed to be life threatening. Both the southbound and northbound carriageway were closed as firefighters battle the blaze. Five fire engines from … [Read more...] about Pictures show aftermath of A19 lorry fire as lane reopens