It was a vintage April Fools Day in York.
Loads of jokes and pranks were shared in and around the city, showing that when it comes to #FakeNews, this city is hard to beat.
From tripe to tea, performing animals to erotic artistes, people’s imaginations were working overtime.
So how many did you spot?
Bishy Road becomes Bishy Rude
This was a cheeky one from Indie York… a Gentleman’s Club set to open on Bishopthorpe Road.
Truffles and tripe
Meanwhile, over on Twitter someone was having a joke at Bishy Road’s expense, with a twist on the famous ‘Bile Beans sign’…
— Ebor Mendacium (@EMendacium) April 1, 2019
York band Shed Seven have a strong social media game, and no more so than today. They had produced an entire spoof video, suggesting that you could finally buy your own shed – in the shape of a number 7.
It comes complete with a brass rainbow doorknocker, a speakeasy bar, a disco floor and dolphin weathervane. All for £777.
— Shed Seven (@shedseven) April 1, 2019
Simply the vest
Still with the rainbow theme, the streets look set to be brightened up considerably by this fashion statement.
York Street Rangers said they were swapping their blue vests for something much more vivid.
— York Street Rangers (@YorkBIDRangers) April 1, 2019
Pets win prizes
You’d think that city performing arts academy PQA York would be busy enough teaching all those talented youngsters.
But it announced today plans to launch Performing Arts For Pets. “Pets will learn a wide range of skills from taking direction, vocal expression and dance, to ensure they have all the knowledge needed for screen and stage.”
Back on the radio…
Over on Minster FM Breakfast Show presenter Ben Fry was hinting that his former co-presenter was staging a comeback.
For anyone familiar with the end to Roxanne Pallett’s stint on the show, that was quite a daring gag!
— Minster FM Breakfast (@BenMinsterFM) April 1, 2019
York music retailer Gear4Music created a brand new instrument for April 1.
Just don’t ask us how you’d play it.
Did you guess correctly?! Last Friday we asked if you knew what guitar this headstock belonged to. Many of you were quite close (Gibson Flying V?) but you must have missed the new-for-2019 Gibson Accod-uitar. Better luck next time!#guitar #april1st #gear4music pic.twitter.com/KeapPmIZWn
— Gear4music (@gear4music) April 1, 2019
NRM engineering works
We’re used to replacement services on the rail network. But at the National Railway Museum?
Due to planned engineering works we will be operating a rail replacement service this morning.
Agenoria will be replaced by a Knifeboard type horse bus, Evening by a Routemaster and Queen Victoria's Saloon by a Guy Special.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
— National Railway Museum (@railwaymuseum) April 1, 2019
The York Press had a rural rock’n’roll story.
Bolton Percy sheep farmer Simon Spinks had discovered that playing music to his flock meant their wool grew softer.
Food and drink always figures strongly in April Fools pranks. KitKat invented its own, very particular sort of tea. It came in three flavours, Chunky, 4 Finger and 2 Finger.
What a spread
This April Fools joke was the one most people wished was real. Yorkshire Tea said they had invented a spreadable version of their drink.
“I know the date but I would still buy this, lads,” tweeted Gav Murphy.
New Yorkshire Tea Spreadable! It's like normal tea, only thicker. pic.twitter.com/n2SahkFa4O
— Yorkshire Tea (@YorkshireTea) April 1, 2019
The Yorkshire Times had a story saying that The Courtyard Dairy near Settle would now dust your coffee with finely-grated Parmesan instead of chocolate.
— The Yorkshire Times (@TheYorksTimes) April 1, 2019
True story… supposedly
But one April Fools turned out to be true. Unless it’s a double bluff.
North Yorkshire foodies Heck released a tweet about plans to build to a giant sized sausage sculpture as tall as Big Ben on its farm. But then it insisted this wasn’t a joke after all…
Bet you thought that was an April fool? NOPE!
We are currently working on plans for the Sausage of the North! 🌭
Any engineers out there who want to get involved? Get in touch! pic.twitter.com/Gn2EUaMBhO
— HECK! (@HeckFood) April 1, 2019
See any that we missed? Add them in the comments below.