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Yorkshire in West End Spotlight


Tim Firth, Gary Barlow & the original Calendar Girls credit Matt Crocket...

Welcome to Yorkshire has been unveiled as the official destination partner of the musical The Girls in the West End.

Based on the true story of Yorkshire’s Calendar Girls, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new musical will be at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End from Saturday, January 28.

The partnership will see Welcome to Yorkshire supporting the show while showcasing the county to London theatre audiences.

“We had a great time showcasing The Girls to Yorkshire’s fantastic audiences and we’re hoping for equally great crowds in the West End,” said Gary Barlow. “This is a real life story of a group of extraordinary Yorkshire women and we are thrilled to be bringing a slice of their home county to London.’’

The Girls brings to life the true story of the members of Rylstone and District Women’s Institute who stripped off to raise money for charity.

Their story first prompted the 2003 film Calendar Girls and then in 2015 The Girls musical opened at The Grand Theatre in Leeds where it received standing ovations at every performance.

For more information, go to www.thegirlsmusical.com



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Silver Medal for Brewers Yard Garden at Chelsea

Lee Bestall, Gary Verity - Brewers Yard, Chelsea 2015

Welcome to Yorkshire’s Brewers Yard garden has won a silver medal at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The garden celebrates the county being home to over 200 micro and independent breweries – more than any anywhere else in the UK.

This year marks Welcome to Yorkshire’s sixth year exhibiting at the famous national flower show, and this year’s silver award continues the tourism agency’s strong annual showing.

‘To be awarded a silver medal at what is without doubt the world’s greatest flower show is an extremely proud moment for everyone,” said Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire. “A lot of hard work has gone in to the garden, so to receive this recognition for that hard work is fantastic.’’

Designed by Bestall&Co – based at Renishaw Hall near Sheffield – Brewers Yard tells the story of brewing as it would have been centuries ago, as well as in a more modern era. The garden features an old Yorkshire brewing shed complete with Yorkshire thatch roof, besides elements of a hi-tech microbrewery.

Nicki Chapman presents award - Brewers Yard, Chelsea 2015

“It’s a real thrill to see a piece of my design come to life on a stage as prestigious as this one year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and I’m incredibly proud that the garden has been awarded a silver medal by the judging panel,”  said Lee Bestall, managing director of Bestall&Co. “It’s been a long process between conception and construction, all starting with a visit to Wold Top Brewery last year, so to see it all come together and to have gained this recognition is really special.”

Welcome to Yorkshire’s Brewers Yard garden is in partnership with Wold Top Brewery, run by Tom and Gill Mellor with the brewery located in the Yorkshire Wolds near Driffield.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award at the Chelsea Flower Show is now open, and to vote for Brewers Yard, visit www.yorkshire.com/vote

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Yorkshire Festival 2014 Launches at Trinity

Hope and Social Yorkshire Festival 2014 (c) Simon Wilkinson PRESS RES

Singers, artists and performers joined forces in a glittering spectacle at Trinity last week to give the public a taste of what to expect in the first Yorkshire Festival.

The festival is the brainchild of Welcome to Yorkshire and has been backed by Yorkshire Water, Arts Council England and Yorkshire local authorities. Out of almost 400 bids, 47 projects were commissioned to be part of the 100-day festival – which will include hundreds of fringe events.

Highlights include Leeds born, Los Angeles-based sculptor Thomas Houseago, who has been tasked with creating two giant sculptures for Leeds City Centre and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Phoenix Dance Theatre will join forces with Scottish public arts charity NVA to create the world’s first Ghost Peloton which incorporates a riding team of 50 road racers, stunt cyclists and large-scale projection of dancers all using remote controlled light suits to produce stunning live choreography.  An appeal has now gone out to Yorkshire cyclists to get involved in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

West Yorkshire Playhouse will host ‘Beryl’ written by TV star Maxine Peake to celebrate the extraordinary sporting achievements of Morley cyclist Beryl Burton.

Award-winning director Daisy Asquith teams up with cult musician Bill Nelson to create a film that will be shown on outdoor screens in stunning locations across Yorkshire. Tour de Cinema also presents fiction and documentary films (including Alan Bennett’s rarely seen BBC film ‘A Day Out’, about a Halifax cycling club; and Jarvis Cocker’s blazing soundtrack for The Big Melt) in 35 town halls and cinemas.

Young farmers and artists will create eight stunning major land art pieces across South Pennines landscape for Fields of Vision, co-ordinated by Pennine Prospects. This will capture the spirit and impact of the tour on the landscape.

“Today we wanted to give people a flavour of this brand new arts festival”, said Henrietta Duckworth, the festival’s executive producer. “Yorkshire’s a big county and we’ve worked with our world class artists to create a rich and diverse programme of opportunities and surprises.”

Visit www.yorkshirefestival.co.uk, Yorkshire Festival on Facebook or follow Yorkshire Festival 2014 on Twitter – @YFest2014


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Gary Verity Becomes Yorkshire Patron for Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie Nurse Lisa Stanley and Gary Verity launch the Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, has taken on a senior volunteer role for Marie Curie Cancer Care, one of the UK’s largest charities. As Patron for Yorkshire, Gary will represent Marie Curie and encourage and initiate fundraising opportunities across the county to support the charity’s work.

Gary is passionate about the work of Marie Curie and shares the charity’s vision as it strives to improve and expand the services it provides for terminally ill patients and their families. “My own recent experience of the work of Marie Curie nurses inspired me to take on my own fundraising challenges at the New York Marathon in 2009 and the London Marathon in 2012”, said Gary.

“It is an honour to be asked to take on the role of Patron for Yorkshire. Every day there are at least 30 Marie Curie nurses caring for terminally ill patients across the county and the care they deliver is totally free. I am enormously privileged to be able to help and encourage others to support their fantastic work.”

Gary’s acceptance of his new role coincides with the launch of Marie Curie’s biggest annual campaign, the Great Daffodil Appeal, which encourages everyone to donate and wear a daffodil in March. The charity is looking for volunteer collectors to help with local collections throughout the month.

To volunteer and support the Great Daffodil Appeal, please call 01274 386191 or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil.

To access a Marie Curie Nurse, speak to your GP or district nurse. For more information, please visit: www.mariecurie.org.uk.


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