10 books to give this Christmas

Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for the book lover in your life? Or are a book worm yourself?


WIN: Family tickets to The Magical Lantern Festival in Roundhay Park Leeds

Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow!

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Scarborough Tandoori, St Thomas Street.

Dining Out: Scarborough Tandoori, St Thomas Street

On a cold, frosty night, what could be more warming than a tasty, hearty curry?

Picture: PA

Primary school league tables 2017: Yorkshire is worst performing region

Yorkshire is the worst performing region in the country for pupils failing to meet the expected standard by the end of primary school, according to new league tables.

Danny Wilde

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Your guide to what's one across the region this weekend.
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Nostalgia: Scarborough bombardment

Nostalgia: Scarborough bombardment

Onlookers, bottom left, view the mangled mass of railway lines and damage to the bridge which leads onto Belgrave Terrace from Westwood after the devasting bombardment by two German battle cruisers on December 16, 1914.

Joanna Lumley

One for the Diary: Joanna Lumley, York Barbican

Wednesday October 28

Hammonds Saltaire Band

One for the Diary: Hammonds Saltaire Band, Stephen Joseph Theatre

Saturday January 6 at 7.30pm and Sunday January 7 at 3pm

Stephen Joseph Theatre presents  a new version of a Christmas Carol starring Joey Hickman, Anne-Marie Piazza, Alicia Mckenzie, Elliott Rennie.

Review: A (Scarborough) Christmas Carol, Stephen Joseph Theatre

What the Dickens! Since when has A Christmas Carol had rattling chickens, a ghost called Terry, a mum with a walnut for a head and a peg bag as a home? writes Sue Wilkinson.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Review: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

The West Yorkshire Playhouse has excelled this year with its Christmas show. This new stage production of CS Lewis’s enduring classic, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, can only be described as a theatrical masterpiece.

Phil Beck as Dame Tilly Trott

Review: Jack and the Beanstalk, Scarborough Spa

Oh yes it is – Jack and the Beanstalk at Scarborough Spa is traditional right down to the dyed roots of Dame Tilly Trott’s pink wig.

Property: Green Park Avenue, Cayton, £199,950

Property: Green Park Avenue, Cayton, £199,950

Extended two bedroom, semi detached bungalow in excellent order throughout and occupies a generous plot with feature south facing rear garden.

Winter At Flamingo Land

Christmas family fun days out and winter breaks at Flamingo Land

Christmas family fun has arrived at Yorkshire's Flamingo Land with its award-winning zoo and many attractions open throughout the winter.

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The week-ahead weather with Trevor Appleton.

Cold and mainly dry with wintry showers predicted next Sunday

Here is the week-ahead weather predicted by local forecaster Trevor Appleton

Property: Clarence House, West Avenue, Filey, £119,950

Property: Clarence House, West Avenue, Filey, £119,950

A three bedroomed first floor apartment, well situated for Filey’s town centre amenities, including the shops and beach access areas.

Researchers from the University of Liverpool study mosquito samples at Flamingo Land.

View from the Zoo: Tests will help stop spread of avian malaria

Researchers from the University of Liverpool braved the cold and snow last week to collect mosquito samples from across the site.

Male tufted duck

Country Diary: Gallery visit – one of week’s hightlights

A recent highlight? Undoubtedly Robert Fuller’s wildlife gallery at Thixendale.

Litter enforcement officers on the streets of Leeds.

Howard Croft column: How innocent people are made criminals

You may remember reading a few years ago about a young unemployed man as he was leaving his post office having cashed his benefits Giro accidentally dropping a £10 note. He was spotted by a council litter warden who promptly issued an on-the-spot fine for littering. This was such a mean-spirited response, and at the time unusual, that it made headlines in the national newspapers. If I remember correctly, which I seldom do these days, the council stood firmly behind the litter warden, a council employee, until it eventually dawned on its senior staff that the reputational damage was too great to justify standing on a dubious point of principle.

Falsgrave, blue and yellow kit, take on Snainton

Hepples hits hat-trick as Edgehill Reserves stretch lead

A Carl Hepples hat-trick steered Edgehill Reserves to a 6-1 home win against Seamer Sports Reserves, one of only three local league games to survive the big freeze.
Contents of the medicine chest on display at Scarborough Maritme Heritage Centre.

Exhibit of the Week: Medicine chest, Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre

This medicine chest is nearly 100 years old and was initially placed on board a steam trawler in the ownership of Scarborough’s most prolific trawler owner, James (Jim) Johnson. His trawling business ‘J. Johnson & Son – Fish Salesman, Trawler Owner and Agents’ was at 10 Quay Street, Scarborough, and commenced in 1915.

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