December 2009

When the organisers of a Saltaire panto gave a teenager the role of the genie they didn’t know they were going to help grant a wish of his own. For landing the role in Aladdin encouraged 27-stone Martin McCulley to slim down so he could fit the costum

10.13am Thursday 31st December 2009

December 2009

A spate of unwanted Christmas presents, including Lego, toy racing cars and cuddly toys, have found their way into Yorkshire Water’s treatment works as householders use the region’s sewers to dispose of rubbish.

10.50am Wednesday 30th December 2009

December 2009

The district could be hit by a fresh blast of snow during today and tomorrow, experts have warned.

11.24am Tuesday 29th December 2009

December 2009

Bradford and Keighley were bustling with bargain hunters over the weekend as eager shoppers made the most of the post-Christmas sales.

11.23am Tuesday 29th December 2009

December 2009

A Bingley mum and her army of volunteers have sent 12,000 festive parcels to soldiers in war zones across the globe. And the work of Support Our Soldiers received royal approval when she met Princes William and Harry at a national awards ceremony.

12.35pm Thursday 24th December 2009

December 2009

A campaign to save a rare Second World War pillbox near the site of a former Steeton munitions factory has resulted in it getting protected status.

12.49pm Wednesday 23rd December 2009

December 2009

Tourist hotspots in the Bradford district are celebrating – because of the recession. The summer trend to holiday near home to save on costs is continuing through the Christmas period, tourist bosses report.

9.46am Tuesday 22nd December 2009

December 2009

Two businessmen has created a truck to help save endangered rhinos in Africa. Dave Thornes, of Ladyroyd Garage, Bradford, and John Green, of Rydam Universal, Leeds, have spent £50,000 on the vehicle, which will will be used by rangers in Kenya.

11.25am Monday 21st December 2009

December 2009

Shoppers have been given an extra hour of free parking at the Forster Square retail park in Bradford as the management of the car park has changed hands.

1.10pm Friday 18th December 2009

December 2009

Bradford Council is confident its stocks of grit will be enough this winter as supplies are much higher than they were last year.

9.28am Thursday 17th December 2009

December 2009

David Hockney, labelled a grumpy old man for protesting about anti-smoking laws on Radio 4’s Today programme, is now going to edit the show.

12.57pm Tuesday 15th December 2009

December 2009

Details of all expense claims put in by the Bradford district’s five MPs have revealed they claimed a combined £88,500 to run their second homes.

10.54am Friday 11th December 2009

December 2009

A major part of Bradford’s Christmas programme has been cancelled already. The German Market in Centenary Square was packed up yesterday – a fortnight earlier than planned.

10.57am Tuesday 8th December 2009

December 2009

A Shipley Scouts pack has called on the community to help it buy a disused church building to use as its base.

12.54pm Monday 7th December 2009

December 2009

Residents are being urged to recycle as much as possible during the festive period as the amount of waste households produce traditionally rises rapidly.

9.29am Friday 4th December 2009

December 2009

A campaign has been launched to honour a Bingley-born astronomer by renaming the town’s bypass after him.

10.44am Thursday 3rd December 2009

December 2009

An extra 76 Automatic Number Plate Recognition system cameras, which can flag up illegal drivers, have brought Bradford's network up to 98, which is described in a Council report as an “unprecedented and national-leading resource”.

11.58am Wednesday 2nd December 2009

December 2009

A campaign has begun to save a rare Second World War pillbox on the site of a former munitions factory used as a set in the classic 1970s film, Yanks. The brick building, at Steeton, near Keighley, is thought to be one of only two in the country.

11.51am Tuesday 1st December 2009

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