The opening of the Nidderdale Greenway, which runs along the route of the old Harrogate branch lines, has brought back memories of the golden age of the railways. Paul Darbyshire remembers the stories his grandfather used to tell. My grandfather lived in a stone cottage overlooking the River Nidd by the old Killinghall road bridge. It has long been demolished but you can clearly see where it used to be, and where he used to fish out of his bedroom window. He was born in 1892 and survived the First World War. After the war he worked on the railways, primarily as a signalman. He spent forty odd years at Bilton Signal box at the bottom of Bilton Lane in Harrogate. Recently, my wife and I took a stroll along the route of the old Ripley Valley branch line on the newly opened Nidderdale Greenway. I wanted to visit the location my grandfather had taken me to back in 1967 when the main Newcastle to Liverpool line had closed, and the detritus of the old railway network was still visible - … [Read more...] about SPECIAL FEATURE: The King’s stopover on the Ripley branch line
As Blue Peter celebrates its 60th birthday, we thought it would be fun to find out how many of you have their very own Blue Peter badge.Since the badges were introduced to the programme in 1963, decades later the show still inspires youngsters to send in more than 100,000 letters and pictures each year.Today, nearly 200,000 under 16s own at least one Blue Peter badge - and a number of our readers still have their childhood badges.Besides the original badge - a blue ship on a white background, designed by TV artist the late Tony Hart, there are now a variety of badges in different colours.Laura Hudson (29), who lives in Donington, said: “I have about seven badges! They are from when I was seven-years-old up to 14 or 15.“I have a few competition runner-up badges, several of the white shields with blue ships and a blue shield with a silver ship too for writing in to them on many occasions.“I was also a runner-up in one of their competitions the year they turned 40, and … [Read more...] about SPECIAL FEATURE: As Blue Peter turns 60, who still has a badge?
In the first of two features on the West End of Morecambe, reporter NICK LAKIN explores the possibility of an artistic and creative renaissance in one of the town’s most historic neighbourhoods... Turning, or more accurately, being practically swept off my feet by the “stout sea breeze” off Morecambe Prom and into Lancashire Street, I faced crumbling stone walls, boarded up shops, and silence.A side of Morecambe all too familiar after 10 years of austerity Britain and the longer term issues that coastal towns have faced for decades.At least, that was my first impression.Dunstan Low appears from the doorway of a building, smiling, clutching a coffee cup.Hitting the national headlines last year for successfully raffling off his country house in Melling in the Lune Valley, he’s recently, and bravely, opened an art gallery at the back of the Alhambra building in the West End.We step inside the building, where Dunstan explains how he came to find himself there. … [Read more...] about SPECIAL FEATURE: Can art help redesign the future for Morecambe’s West End?
Christopher Hope packs his bags and heads up to Liverpool for a special Labour Party conference edition of the podcast. Unsurprisingly, one question looms above all others on the conference floor: Will Labour back a second Brexit referendum? Never one to shy from a challenge, Hope lines up a stellar cast of Labour big-hitters to shed light on the issue - with comment from Sir Kier Starmer, shadow Brexit secretary; Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General of the CBI; Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON; the millionaire Labour donor John Mills; Professor Philip Cowley, author of The British General Election of 2017; and The Telegraph’s Political Editor, Gordon Rayner. Register or log in to view this and other Politics articles. It's free and easy to do. Join regular debates with our journalists by commenting on articles Sign up to exclusive newsletters that give you the inside track on Westminster and Brexit Register Log in … [Read more...] about Labour Party conference special, featuring Sir Keir Starmer MP
EastEnders scenes featuring the painful testimonies of parents who have lost children to knife crime are among the most heart-rending in the show's history. In a first for the soap, accounts from real people are interspersed with the fictional drama during the funeral of Shakil Kazemi, who was stabbed to death in the soap last month. Actress Bonnie Langford, who plays Shakil's devastated mother Carmel, said the storyline had been the toughest she'd ever tackled. And hearing the powerful and shocking accounts from those who had been bereaved in this way for real, had been invaluable in helping her and the other actors to get it right. “The interesting thing is that for a lot of these people it happened a long time ago, not just yesterday, this is an issue that’s always just bubbling under the surface of their lives, it’s something so massive that if it’s happened to someone they don’t want it to fade away, it’s always there,” she said. “We … [Read more...] about Harrowing EastEnders special featuring knife crime victims’ parents revealed