The Harrogate Briefing – Wed, May 23

A Young Person on his skateyboard. (S)
A Young Person on his skateyboard. (S)

ROYALTY, rail links and exciting news about YOUR new wheelie bin, in Harrogate’s only and therefore best daily web round-up. Also: skateboards.


These are exciting times at Advertiser HQ/News Central/our office, where we’re gearing up for the shift to tabloid.

You’ll see changes to the paper’s size, design and content from next Friday’s edition, but we will NOT, repeat NOT be sifting through your bins. Unless we get a bit hungry.

You can get in touch with us via the comments section below, by emailing or by tweeting @HarrogateHound.

To that lady who keeps telling us she doesn’t like the Briefing – we know you don’t like the Briefing.

The web hits and feedback on social media suggest that it is worth persisting with, but we have taken your irrational anger on board.

Wednesday’s headlines

Knaresborough librarian to fall out of the sky. She is 60.

Plans to improve rail links to London, as direct return service celebrates first birthday. Around 43,000 people used it in the past year.

Harrogate’s “bouledrome” has opened, ahead of a petanque tournament this summer. Find out how to enter here.

Everything you always wanted to know about the council’s wheelie bin scheme, but were afraid to ask, is explained here. To see if you’re included in the first phase of the roll-out, pop your postcode in the box on this page.

The police rarely issue appeals concerning teenagers, but they want this 17-year-old to hand himself in.

Elsewhere on the website

Zara Phillips to take part in obscenely-named Bramham Horse Trials event. (Oh no, sorry, that’s a three-star class.)

Former Railway youngster signs deal with Leeds United. Clicky.

Win tickets for Duane Eddy here! Watch him play Rebel Rouser here! Marvel at the name of his early album here!

Things we found on the internet

Harrogate now has a Manchester City supporters club, with its own blog and Facebook page. Accusations of glory-hunting are absurd, it was formed five days before City won the league title.

Speaking of notorious Manchester clubs, here’s former Harrogate raver Steve Oldroyd reminiscing about the Hacienda.

The Harrogate Minstermen – a bunch of York City fans – have been around a while, with chairman John Uttley interviewed by the BBC ahead of their promotion play-off last weekend.

Here’s a video of the opening of Harrogate’s new police station, which is reassuringly close to Advertiser HQ/News Central/our office.

Like water? Like pipes? Then you’ll love this story about water pipes.

This is what The Youth of Today have been up to in the Valley Gardens. Video includes lots of skateboarding and an extreme close-up of some rude graffiti. That’s a warning, not a tantalising teaser.

Thanks for reading.