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  1. Updates on Monday 1 August 2016
  2. 'Historic day' as Yorkshire Dales and Lake District national parks expand
  3. New boss 'humbled' to take over top job at City of York Council
  4. North Yorkshire, Cleveland and Durham police force dog units merged
  5. Yorkshire Day celebrated across county

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By David Ward

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Five things we learnt today

Thanks for being with us today, we'll be back at 07:00 tomorrow.

In the meantime, let's look back at five things we didn't know when we woke up this morning...

  1. Parts of Lancashire and Cumbria are now in the Yorkshire Dales - that's parts of other counties in a Yorkshire National Park. Unusual...
  2. Criminals are still regularly targetting rural parts of North Yorkshire for their ill-gotten gains
  3. Meanwhile, North Yorkshire Police are going to the dogs to fight crime
  4. It may have been a long time in the planning, but the first customers through the door at the new Scarborough water park were pretty impressed with what they found
  5. You probably need to be able to throw a giant Yorkshire Pudding over 34 metres if you want to pick up the top accolade at the annual Yorkshire pudding tossing competition

I'll leave you with this pic of the Yorkshire Declaration being read out in the centre of York with the Lord Mayor Dave Taylor looking on.

Have a reet good rest of day!

Lord Mayor

Happy Yorkshire Day everyone

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Yorkshire Day wishes are coming in from all over the world, according to this retweet from Yorkshire Ambulance Service's feed this afternoon:

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Watch: Charity riders entering final month of American challenge

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Let's catch up now with a story we first told you about at the beginning of May

Andy Dennis and Tracey Hill, from Harrogate, are cycling 4,000 miles across America. 

They're raising money for Doctors Without Borders and Medecins Sans Frontieres and a little earlier they sent us this video to update their progress:

Extra day added to York racing calendar

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

It's just been announced that there will be an 18th day of racing on the Knavesmire next year.

Saturday 1 July is the date you will want to put in your diary if you're a racing fan.

York racecourse

Watch: They don't do this at the Olympics: Yorkshire Day challenges

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

More now on my attempts to fulfill a lifetime ambition of mine... 

Of course, I can only be talking about winning a Yorkshire Pudding crown at the Yorkshire Day celebrations at York Maze.

As you may have seen earlier, it sure would suit me.

Want to know how I got on? Here you go then...'Eee by gum, it was hard work:

North Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy afternoon, some showers

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be rather cloudy with a few scattered showers

Maximum temperature about 19C (66F).

There'll be a light southwest wind.  

Weather graphic

New boss 'humbled' to take over top job at City of York Council

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

City of York council has a new boss today.

Mary Weastell was previously the chief executive of Selby District Council.

She says she is "honoured and humbled" to be offered the top job at the local authority and hopes to help the city reach its full "potential and ambition".

Mary Weastell
City of York council

Celebrating Yorkshire Day at the seaside

The sun may be finding it hard to shine in Scarborough today, but this picture sent to us by Giovanni Braida shows that people are still hoping to mark Yorkshire Day in traditional seaside style.

Giovanni Braida

We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of North Yorkshire. Why not email or tweet your photographs to us?

Listen: Knights coach lauds 'heroic' players despite Toulouse defeat

BBC Sport

Less than 48 hours after it was confirmed that York City Knights will see out the League One season, they were beaten 46-16 by Toulouse.

However, after all the off-field turmoil of the past few weeks and the fact they could only take 14 fully-fit players across to France, coach James Ford hailed all of his players at full-time:

The boys were amazing. Their effort, their endeavour to keep going, keep fighting for each other, is just unbelievable."

James FordYork City Knights coach

Listen: Countryside crime costs county over £1m

BBC Radio York

Disturbing news this morning that North Yorkshire's countryside is still being regularly targeted by thieves.

Figures from insurers NFU Mutual show the county is one of the top 10 areas in the United Kingdom for rural crime

Kathryn Baldock, from the company, has explained more to BBC Radio York:

Rural and livestock theft remains one of the top five crimes nationally."

Kathryn BaldockNFU Mutual

York horror movie will expose 'nightmare of fracking'


A York-based film maker is to shoot a horror film about fracking in and around the city.

Camera crew
York Mix

Your headlines this morning

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our York newsroom include:

  • Parts of Lancashire and Cumbria have today joined the Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • Poverty costs the average person in Britain £1,200 a year in extra spending on public services and lost taxes, according to the York-based Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • City of York council has a new boss, with Mary Weastell starting work today as the authority's chief executive

Police to make life 'woof' for criminals

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

North Yorkshire police are adopting a new approach to fighting crime.

They hope that by merging their dogs section with both the Durham and the Cleveland constabularies, not only will they get new "leads" but they will also save over £170,000 a year.

The move will also create a wider selection of dogs to choose from, some of which are trained for specific duties such as working in the countryside or in urban areas.

North Yorkshire Police
North Yorkshire Police

Plumpton Rocks reopens after £700,000 restoration

If you're desperately looking for somewhere to take the kids today, here's somewhere you might want to consider.

Plumpton Rocks, near Harrogate, re-opened at the weekend after being closed for a number of months following a three-year project costing £700,000.

The 18th century landscape, which faced the prospect of decaying beyond repair, has undergone a restoration after being put on the at-risk register and is even about to feature in the upcoming Swallows and Amazons film.

Plumpton Rocks
Andy Marshall

Beep, beep...Serious side to Yorkshire Day celebrations

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Now I've heard of honking your car horn to show that you're happy about something - but it seems like the fire brigade here in North Yorkshire is trying to get in on Yorkshire Day celebrations.

We shouldn't laugh though, it's very sound advice:

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Yorkshire Dales expansion: 'It's finally come true'

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Throughout the day, BBC Radio York is getting reaction to the news that parts of Cumbria and Lancashire have today become part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Lets face it, if you were living in part of Lancashire, you're probably quite envious of God's Own County, so today's news will have you waking up with a smile.

Carl Lis, chairman of the national park, has told us why it's expanding by a huge 160 sq miles:

Yorkshire Dales

If you live in the area and you see the landscape and iconic countryside, it becomes obvious why the expansion. It's something for which we've been lobbying for a good number of years - and it's finally come true."

Carl LisNational Park chairman

Sport: Yorkshire in pole position to make One-Day Cup quarter-finals

BBC Sport

There could be a nerve-wracking Yorkshire Day afternoon and evening for the county's cricket supporters.

Despite defeat at Durham yesterday, Yorkshire know a win over Warwickshire at Headingley tonight will see them claim a home quarter-final in the One-Day Cup.


However, with only the top four teams from the north group going through to the last eight, and despite currently sitting in top spot, they know defeat could prove to be the end of the road.

One-Day cup table
BBC Sport

To find out if Yorkshire claim the two points on offer, you can listen to ball-by-ball commentary here from 13:55.

Yorkshire Day: Do I look like a bit of a pudding with this on my head?

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Ey up! There are some days when I get asked to do some pretty random things - and today is certainly one of them.

This morning, I'm at York Maze to take part in their annual Yorkshire Pudding tossing competition.

I'm told that last year's winner managed to throw their pudding a huge 34 metres. Don't think I'll be beating that!

Yorkshire Day

Watch: Scarborough water park finally opens

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

After missing one opening deadline at Easter and having another false start last Thursday, Scarborough's multi-million pound water park has now officially opened its doors. 

BBC Look North's Carla Fowler was there at the weekend as the public got their first taste of the state of the art Alpine-themed attraction and this is what she found:

Yorkshire Day forecast: A good start, but risk of showers later

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Most places getting off to a fine and dry start with some sunny spells first thing.

Cloud will gradually build throughout the morning from the West and we are at risk of one or two isolated showers. 

Watch my full Yorkshire Day forecast here:

This morning's sport headlines

BBC Sport

The latest sport headlines from our York newsroom this morning include:

  • Yorkshire will claim a home quarter-final place in the One-Day Cup if they beat Warwickshire at Headingley tonight despite defeat to Durham yesterday
  • York City Knights coach James Ford says his side's display in defeat to Toulouse was "courage personified"
  • York City finish their pre-season campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to a Newcastle United XI

Listen: Yorkshire Dales take over parts of Lancashire and Cumbria

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

We're celebrating Yorkshire Day today, and what better day for our county to get even bigger and even more beautiful?

This morning, the Yorkshire Dales National Park has expanded to take in more than 160 sq miles of Cumbria and Lancashire.

Our reporter John Barnes has been to one of the newest parts of the Dales, Leck in Lancashire, to find out more...

Your headlines this morning

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our York newsroom so far this morning include:

  • The Yorkshire Dales get bigger today as parts of Cumbria and Lancashire join the National Park
  • North Yorkshire is still one of the top 10 areas for countryside crime in the country
  • Yorkshire Day is being celebrated across the county

Weather: Overcast but dry

BBC Weather

Most places in North Yorkshire getting off to a fine and dry start with some sunny spells first thing this morning. 

Cloud will gradually build throughout the morning with the small risk of one or two isolated showers later this afternoon.


Traffic and Travel: All quiet on the roads and rail

BBC Travel

Some good news if you're about to leave the house for work.

There are no reported problems on North Yorkshire's roads this morning and the departure board at York station tells us all services are running to time.

Just remember that the A63 Selby bypass and Bridge Street in Tadcaster continue to be closed.

And roadworks on the A648 at Morton-on-Swale bridge (pictured below) near Northallerton mean temporary traffic lights will be in operation from 09:00.


Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Happy Yorkshire Day everyone! 

I'll be with you until 14:30 with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across North Yorkshire. 

There are lots of events taking place across North Yorkshire today to celebrate everything that's great about our county

If you're doing something special, I'd love you get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or email. I'll try to post the best of your photos on here during the day.

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