The Harrogate Briefing – Wed, May 9

It's the Uefa Cup (sorry, sorry, "Europa League") final tonight: Atletico Madrid v Athletic Bilbao. Kick-off 7.45pm. (S)
It's the Uefa Cup (sorry, sorry, "Europa League") final tonight: Atletico Madrid v Athletic Bilbao. Kick-off 7.45pm. (S)

NEW police station opens doors, explorers from London discover Harrogate and someone suggests we set arsonists on fire. It’s the Briefing – and it’s right here, right now.

Plus: crime, fencing, reggae, pubs, a hotel face-off, some Yorkshire derbies and Tom Thumb’s mates trying to snip a ribbon.

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Thousands flock to see inside of new police station. Clicky.

Council leader ousted. And we’ll have an exclusive in-depth report in Friday’s paper.

Jail for ex-policeman and former Yorkshire Show director with a child porn stash on his PC. Full details here.

Second arson attack in the west of Harrogate over bank holiday weekend reported. Report includes the word “fireraising”, which is a new one on me. And made me think of wizards. Users on Facebook and Twitter have suggested manual labour for the culprits, or setting fire to them.

Lovely! Here’s another mummified cat in Knaresborough. Did they used to have a lot of Egyptians in Knaresborough or something?


Tiny man and woman in charge of miniscule hairdressers struggle manfully with scissors.

London 2012 comes too soon for Harrogate fencer. She’s aiming for Rio 2016 instead.

Harrogate Town will have three Yorkshire derbies next year. That’s after Bradford Park Avenue won promotion to the Evo Stik Premier.

Painting news, featuring depthless blues and acid greens.

Comedy gigs at the Sitting Room tonight.


Mumsnet-approved blogger has a day out at the Valley Gardens. While this chap takes some pictures at the Spring Flower Show.

Want to be the assistant manager of a Hampsthwaite pub? Now you can!

Something about something.

Gig being held to celebrate life of “musical icon” who died in Harrogate. It’s in Port of Spain.

The Guardian ruminates on Harrogate’s top 10 budget eateries. Their recommendations arose from this blog here. And the paper’s North Yorkshire fixation continues here with this hotel special. Have they only just realised we exist?

Which is better: the Majestic or the Old Swan? There’s only one way to find out... (Trip Advisor.)

Crimple Viaduct.

Harrogate entrepreneur makes a bath safety product, shames TV’s Apprentices.

Really there are no words...


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