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  1. Updates on Friday 29 July 2016
  2. Harrogate fails in bid to host Great Exhibition of North
  3. Knights to finish season despite threat of closure
  4. Jeremy Corbyn Labour leadership rally held in York
  5. Tour de Yorkshire two-wheelers' triumphant return

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By Andrew Barton

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Five things we learnt today in North Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

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

In the meantime, let's look back at five things we've discovered about North Yorkshire today...

  1. Jeremy Corbyn is bringing his fight to keep his job as Labour leader to York
  2. York City Knights will play all this season's remaining fixtures despite the threat of the club's closure
  3. Wildflower meadows are being planted in York's green spaces in an effort to lure bees back to the city 
  4. Some of the hundreds of yellow and blue bikes dotted around the county during the Tour de Yorkshire have found new homes in libraries
  5. You can be part of a new BBC TV show about Yorkshire if you pass an audition in York on Sunday

And that's it for this week. A few showers are forecast for the weekend, so let's end with a picture of a drenched Blue Tit on a feeder in Barlby.

Blue Tit on a feeder

BBC Weather Watcher Josie's Area sent this in. She says the little feathered fellah "looks like he's hoping the sun comes back soon". 

A feeling echoed by many I'm sure!

Viking treasures to be found under York Minster

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

I've been finding out about the impact of the Vikings in York on the early Christian church today - and I had to go beneath York Minster into the crypt to do it.

For centuries, York's most precious Christian ceremonial items have been stored below ground level at the Minster, but from Monday the Vikings are setting up camp there.

Viking exhibits

The Scandanavian invaders are part of an exhibition called Treasures and Beliefs, which tries to imagine what Pagans and Christians living in York 1,000 years ago would have made of the evolving Chritsian faith.

Up on the roof for the Big Wild Sleepout

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

This weekend, the RSPB wants you to sleep outside as part of an event called the Big Wild Sleepout.

They're encouraging us to spend a night under the stars to see what nocturnal wildlife is on our doorstep. 

Kate Struthers, from RSPB Fairburn Ings, told me all about it from a tent on the BBC Radio York roof.

Here's the proof that we really did pitch a tent on the roof, but I can't tell you how we got the pegs in:

Tent on roof

Fire service to look at withdrawing cover at sea

Sally Fairfax

BBC News

North Yorkshire could be one of the areas affected as the fire service warns it could soon withdraw its cover for fires at sea. 

A report by Humberside Fire Service's Deputy Chief Fire Officer says it may become unsafe due to a lack of access to suitable training.

Humberside Fire Service provides cover for an area of the North Sea stretching from Norfolk to Scotland. Firefighters are transported to stricken vessels by tug or helicopter. 

fire engine

The service is one of eight around the coast of the UK which currently attend incidents at sea.

"However," says deputy chief fire officer Chris Blacksell, "recent restrictions on the provision of suitable training to the firefighters that volunteer to undertake that role mean that it is likely that we will have to stop attending incidents 'at sea' by August 2016."  

North Yorkshire's weather: Rain, dry spells and some sunshine

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Often cloudy with some showery rain on and off this afternoon, perhaps even some heavier bursts

There will also be some dry spells and even some brightness especially in the north late with a gentle NW breeze and a top temperature of about 20C (68F).  

Weather graphic

Your headlines this lunchtime

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our York newsroom include:

Yorkshire Pride Dancing Town: 'No need to wear lycra' to appear in new BBC show

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

A new BBC TV Show all about Yorkshire which will hit our our TV screens this autumn, is looking for cast members and is holding auditions in York on Sunday.

The working title for the show is Yorkshire Pride, Dancing Town.

Steve Elias
Steve Elias

I spoke to the presenter of the show, Steve Elias, this morning (pictured above) and he told me the show is about the people and culture of Yorkshire and also involves dancing.

Steve says he's looking for hundreds of people to take part in the show and, if you want to be a part of it, you should turn up at the drop-in auditions at York's De Grey Rooms on Sunday at 12:00.

There's no need to wear lycra. I'm looking for everyone, from people with two left feet, to established dance groups."

Steve EliasActor and Director

Momentum building for Corbyn visit to York

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The grassroots movement Momentum is preparing for a visit to York by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who's due in the city later for a rally as part of the Labour's leadership contest.

Placard making

Organisers say they're expecting about 1,000 people to turn out to hear him explain why he should keep his job.

James Harland, from Momentum in York, has told BBC Radio York Jeremy Corbyn can become the next Prime Minister:

We've won every by-election within increased majorities. We've won every mayoral election with increased majorities, and our policies are gaining support."

James HarlandMomentum

Yorkshire Vikings to target 'big hitters' - Lees

BBC Sport

Victory for Yorkshire away to second place Northamptonshire Steelbacks tonight should ensure qualification for the T20 Blast quarter finals.

Alex Lees
Getty Images

The Vikings are currently third in the Northern Group, and one-day captain Alex Lees says he knows what to expect.

"They've got some big-hitters and probably pin their batting around two to three players," he says.

"If we can get a couple of early wickets and put pressure on the middle order then we could be in a good position."

Harrogate loses out to Blackpool and Bradford 'Great Exhibition' bid

BBC Radio York

More on the news that Harrogate has missed out on the chance to host the Great Exhibition of the North.

Harrogate, Halifax Scunthorpe, St Helens and Whitehaven lost out to Blackpool, Bradford, Newcastle-Gateshead and Sheffield, who've all been shortlisted to host the event.

The exhibition is described as showcasing the "creative, cultural and design sectors across the whole of the North" and it's hoped it will boost investment and tourism in the region.

Harrogate Valley gardens

The government is contributing £5m towards the exhibition and a further £15m to a legacy fund to attract further cultural investment in the North.

The shortlist will now be assessed by the Great Exhibition board, before a final selection is made by Ministers, with the chosen venue due to be announced in the autumn.

BreakingHarrogate fails to win chance to celebrate creativity of Northern England

Harrogate has missed out on its bid to host the Great Exhibition of the North.

More to follow

A shaggy dog story?: The Hound of the Baskervilles sighted in York

Adam Tomlinson

Presenter, BBC Radio York

The world's most famous fictional detective can be seen treading the boards at York's Theatre Royal from today for the next five weeks.

The appearance of Sherlock Holmes is prompted by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origins.

Artistic director Damian Cruden is directing a new retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective novel The Hound Of The Baskervilles with pantomime villain David Leonard spending his summer as Sherlock Holmes.

I dropped in for a sneak preview on rehearsals in the in the run-up to tonight's opening night.

York building boom raising the roof for homebuyers

If you're hoping to get on the property ladder soon by buying a new house, you'll be interested to know the number of houses being built is on the up in Yorkshire.

More than 2,000 plots have been registered for construction in the last three months - that's 400 more than the same period last year.

Hungate York

Neil Jefferson, from York, is part of the National House Builder's Council and he says the future's looking good for housebuyers

It's been a really good quarter for Yorkshire up 22%. That's supported by lots of new developments in and around the York area and compares to an overall increase of just 1% nationally."

Neil JeffersonNational House Builder's Council

Traffic and Travel update: A19 closed in both directions south of Selby

BBC Travel

The A19 is currently closed in both directions and there's queuing traffic due to an accident, between the M62 at junction 34 (Selby/Doncaster) and the A645 at Weeland Road.

Police are in the area are directing traffic.

A19 map

A place to 'bee' at home in York's green spaces

Efforts are under way to make York's gardens more bee friendly, and work's already started in Glen Gardens in Heworth.

Glen Gardens

Alice Farr is one of those involved in getting more bees to visit the city. 

She says they're hugely important because "one in three mouthfuls of our food comes from pollinators".

We're trying to give bees new homes in York, in our parks and gardens. We're planting wildflower meadows, putting in 'bee hotels' for nests and planting trees to give bees important food sources early on in the spring."

Alice Farr

Watch: Yorkshire Scientists develop a cream to fight off superbugs

BBC News England

A treatment that could mark a turning point in the fight against superbugs such as MRSA has been developed by scientists in Yorkshire.

Bacteria invading a wound or bed sore attaches itself to the skin via sticky patches on human cells. 

But scientists at the University of Sheffield have found proteins make the patches less sticky, allowing the bugs to be washed away.

Wind in the Willows on the river bank in North Yorkshire

Cathy Killick

Journalist, BBC Look North

The children's classic tale Wind in the Willows is to be performed along the river bank in the Yorkshire Dales.

The River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey provides the setting for 25 open-air performances of the story written by Kenneth Grahame.  

The production, by theatre company Gobbledigook, even uses real boats on the river for Ratty and Mole to mess about in.

Joe Root: Yorkshire and England batsman's highest score down to 'hurt'

BBC Sport

Yorkshire and England batsman Joe Root has put his career-best innings down to the "hurt" caused by batting coach Mark Ramprakash questioning his mental approach.

Joe Root
AFP/Getty Images

Root hit 254 in the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford, then 71 not out as the hosts won by 330 runs.

It followed some soft dismissals which the 25-year-old says had led Ramprakash to question if he was "mentally in the right place to play Test cricket".

"That sort of hurt me. It was a good motivator," said Root.

Jeremy Corbyn brings fight to keep job as Labour leader to York

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

About 1,000 people are expected to turn out in York later to hear Jeremy Corbyn explain why he should keep his job as leader of the Labour Party. 

The politician is due to address a rally in St Helen's Square this evening.

Jeremy Corbyn

James Harland, from the grassroots movement Momentum, has told BBC Radio York that Mr Corbyn has a lot of support in the city.

We're expecting a massive turnout and I think in the space of 24 hours that really shows the appeal Jeremy has to ordinary people who want something different in their politics."

James HarlandMomentum

North Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy start with showers to follow

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We're off to a cloudy start to the day across Yorkshire, with outbreaks of patchy rain as well as a few showers

This weather front will slowly sink southwards throughout the day, although it'll remain rather cloudy well into this afternoon. 

Watch my full forecast here:

Knights to finish season despite threat of closure

BBC Sport

York City Knights will fulfill their fixtures this season, despite news last week that the club would fold, with all the players becoming free agents.


Discussions about the sale of the club continue, but a Rugby Football League statement says the club will complete the season, with chairman John Guildford remaining in charge during that period. 

Mr Guildford says: "This is a proud club with a great heritage and a talented squad of players.

"I will do everything I can to ensure they are given the opportunity to win League 1, starting this weekend in Toulouse."

I want to end this period of uncertainty for the club while negotiations are ongoing by guaranteeing that I will ensure the club will fulfil all their remaining 2016 fixtures."

John GuildfordYork City Knights chairman

New life for old bikes: Tour two-wheelers' triumphant return

BBC Radio York

Old bikes which were painted blue and yellow for the Tour De Yorkshire are due to be donated to charity later as they're given a new lease of life.

Since the Tour, in April, the bikes have been on display in Great Ayton on the edge of the Moors.

Yellow and blue bikes

The cycles will now go to bike libraries across Yorkshire and will be loaned free to children and families.

Your headlines this morning

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our York newsroom this morning include:

  • The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is due to hold a rally in York later, with organisers saying they are expecting about 1,000 people to turn out
  • The number of houses being built is on the up in Yorkshire - more than 2,000 plots were registered for construction in the last three months
  • York City Knights Rugby League club will fulfil their fixtures this season, despite uncertainty surrounding its future

Weather: A rainy start to the day but brightening up later

BBC Weather

North Yorkshire starts off today with a few outbreaks of rain but these will ease away by midday. 

Clouds will then break, to reveal some afternoon sunny spells and most places will have a dry end to the day.  

Weather graphic

Traffic and Travel: A good start on rails and roads in North Yorkshire

BBC Travel

There are no major delays on the roads across North Yorkshire so far this morning and things are running smoothly on the rails too.  

There are, however, delays expected on the A63 Selby bypass, which is closed in both directions.

This is the stretch affected: it's between the Wishing Well roundabout and the Thorpe Willoughby roundabout.

Selby A63

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

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

Let's begin with the bad news: it's a bit damp out, as captured artistically here by BBC Weather Watcher Gary Hornby.

Wet York

The good news is it's Friday and it's due to get a bit nicer later - more on that in the weather forecast soon.

Remember you can get in touch with us with your own captured damp or dry summer moments too. Send your photos via TwitterFacebook or email.