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Harrogate Advertiser Ripon

New upbeat figures reveal visitor numbers to Harrogate rose by two million in 2023 as town's economy bounces back

Harrogate business leaders say new figures show that fears the retail sector here is facing a ‘ghost town’ situation are simply wide of the mark with visitor numbers rising by two million in a single year.

The Northern Echo | Ripon

Look inside £1m pound 'stunning' Ripon farmhouse on sale

A 'stunning' £1m farmhouse has hit the market in Ripon, North Yorkshire.

Ripon News

Tractor Fest attracts largest ever number of enthusiasts and families

A record-breaking number of enthusiasts and families enjoyed the sights and sounds of Tractor Fest at the weekend – the largest tractor festival in the UK. Newby Hall and Gardens, Ripon was the magnificent setting for Tractor Fest, organised by the Yorkshire Vintage Association (YVA), held on 8 an...

Harrogate Advertiser Ripon

Ripon could get ‘transformational’ hub to help boost transport connections in city

A feasibility study is set to explore how a mobility hub could improve walking, cycling and transport connections in Ripon.

The Northern Echo | Ripon

Tractor Fest 2024 takes place at Newby Hall in Ripon

Set in the 12-acre grounds of the grand hall, Tractor Fest attracts more than 12,000 visitors annually and features more than 2,000 vehicles.

The Northern Echo | Ripon

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford wedding at Grantley Hall Ripon

The Leeds United striker chose Grantley Hall, near Ripon, as the location to marry Michaela Ireland.

Ripon News

Teaching assistant from Ripon sent to prison for grooming and having sex with a ten-year-old boy

Denise Povall from Ripon is a former primary school teaching assistant has been sent to prison for sexually abusing a ten-year-old boy. Povall groomed her victim, buying him gifts and sending him texts so she could carry out an “evil and sustained” campaign of sexual exploitation She had sexual ...

Ripon News

Ripon upskirting incident

Police are investigating an incident in Ripon when a man lifted a schoolgirl’s skirt up and took a photograph, and have issued an image of a man they would like to speak to. They are appealing for the man to come forward and to members of the public to get in touch if they recognise him. Officers ...

Ripon News

Keith Tordoff stands as a PPC for Skipton and Ripon

Keith Tordoff is standing to be the next MP for Skipton and Ripon, and is an independent. Most recently he stood in the election for Mayor of York and North Yorkshire, previously he has also stood on two occasions to be Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. Keith Tordoff has previously run the Oldest...

The Northern Echo | Ripon

Tractor Fest is at Newby Hall, Ripon, on Saturday and Sunday

More than 2,000 tractors, cars, trucks and motorcycles are set to descend on Ripon this weekend as Tractor Fest returns with more exhibits than ever before.

The Northern Echo | Ripon

Ripon: Driver cut from vehicle after car and tractor crash

Emergency services attended the scene at Aldfield, near Ripon, at about 12.45pm, following reports of a two-vehicle crash.

The Northern Echo | Ripon

Prime Minister's wife visits Ripon care home to see vets

Akshata Murty, wife of the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, visited veterans at one of the Royal British Legions care homes today (Wednesday, May 29). 

Ripon News

Skipton and Ripon Labour announces candidate for General Election

Skipton and Ripon Labour announces candidate as polls show Labour on track to win seat for the first time. Malcolm Birks has been announced as the Labour candidate for Skipton and Ripon. The local architect, 48, lives in Skipton with his wife and two children. If elected, he promises to fight for a ...

The Stray Ferret

Council facing questions over 76% rise in expulsions

North Yorkshire Council is facing calls to explain the reasons behind the “shocking” 76% rise in expulsions. An officer’s report to a meeting of North Yorkshire Council’s executive on Tuesday (May 28) has revealed the latest available figures – for the academic year ending last July – sa...

The Stray Ferret

Explained: The new constituency which will cover part of the Harrogate district

Voters in some parts of the Harrogate district will fall under a new constituency in six weeks’ time. Polling day on July 4 will be the first time that the Wetherby and Easingwold seat will be contested. The constituency replaces part of the former Selby and Ainsty seat, which will now be known as...

The Stray Ferret

Harrogate men take on Peru ultra marathon for St Michael’s Hospice

Two Harrogate men are set to take on one of the world’s toughest challenges. Ross Grange, 35 and Kevin Walton, 42, will tackle a 230km five day ultra marathon in Peru and battle the Amazon Rainforest in aid of St Michael’s Hospice. Mr Grange is a personal trainer and owner of The Fitness Rooms i...

The Stray Ferret

Readers’ Letters: Harrogate GP moving to online requests is ‘totally unfair’

Readers’ Letters is a weekly column giving you the chance to have your say on issues affecting the Harrogate district. It is an opinion column and does not reflect the views of the Stray Ferret. Send your views to letters@thestrayferret.co.uk.   This letter comes after a Harrogate GP practice m...

The Stray Ferret

Mourner says state of Harrogate cemetery is ‘disrespectful’

A mourner has been left heartbroken after finding Harrogate‘s Stonefall Cemetery in a “neglected state”. Shirley Askew often goes to the cemetery to visit her late husband’s grave and has been left upset after seeing the ‘disrespectful’ state of the site. Ms Askew went to the cemetery ov...

The Stray Ferret

Editor’s Election Diary: Is 5,000 days of local Tory control ending?

It’s been 5,134 days since Andrew Jones and Julian Smith were elected Conservative MPs for Harrogate and Knaresborough and Skipton and Ripon respectively in 2010. Rishi Sunak’s decision to call a general election on July 4 means they could have just 40 days left in Westminster. The national p...

The Stray Ferret

Redevelopment of key Starbeck building on hold as owners negotiate contribution

The redevelopment of a landmark building in Starbeck is being held up due to a dispute regarding the amount of money the owners should contribute towards construction costs, the Stray Ferret understands.  The Harper’s building on the High Street has stood empty since newsagent McColl’s moved ou...