Today in York – Tuesday August 29 2018

Matthew Kelly is third from right in this picture of the Habit Of Art cast. Photographs: Richard McDougall
28 Aug 2018 @ 7.57 am
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3:01 pm

Matthew Kelly arrives in York for The Habit Of Art

Actor and TV star Matthew Kelly is in York today, to take part in rehearsals for Alan Bennett’s The Habit Of Art.

The Olivier-award winning stage actor and presenter of such ratings winners as Stars In Your Eyes and Game For A Laugh leads the cast along with David Yelland.

First seen at the National Theatre in 2009, The Habit Of York revival begins a UK tour at York Theatre Royal from Thursday (August 30). It runs in York until Saturday September 8, before heading off on tour to the likes of Brighton and Oxford.

Today was the first day the cast gathered in York. The play is centred on a fictional meeting between poet WH Auden and composer Benjamin Britten, exploring friendship, rivalry and heartache.


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2:00 pm

Top author booked for first Burnholme event

York Explore has bagged a leading light of literature for its first event at the rather swish new Centre @ Burnholme.

Pat Barker, who wrote the best-selling war trilogy Regeneration, will be at the centre next week, York libraries revealed today.

She will be talking about her new novel The Silence Of The Girls – a new take on the Trojan War. Details below.


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11:57 am

Earthquake on North York Moors – not many notice

View of Great Fryup Dale. Photograph © [email protected] on Wikipedia
An early morning rumbling was recorded deep below the hamlet of Fryup, earthquake experts have said.

The British Geological Survey said there were no reports that anyone felt the 5am earthquake, which had a magnitude of 2.8.

Seismologist David Galloway said normally an earthquake of that strength would be noticed by the public but this one was nearly 19 miles (30km) below the surface, deep underground.

He said: “If it was shallower, we would expect to have had a few further reports by now.

“The time of day it happened also influences this as well.”

The earthquake was so deep it could only have happened naturally, it was understood, and was nothing to do with any human activity.

Fryup is in the North York Moors National Park and has no pub or shops.

Its unusual name was nothing to do with English breakfasts but was thought to be honouring the Anglo-Saxon goddess Frige.

11:38 am

Dungeon celebrates victory with free entry

The York Dungeon cart at launch. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
York Dungeon won yesterday’s epic Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge, which was raising money for homelessness charity SASH York.

They raced to victory in a three-wheeler coffin cart. And to celebrate they are giving free entry to the Dungeon all this week – in return for a donation to SASH.

All you have to do is bring along proof of your donation and they’ll let you in.

7:48 am

Today’s weather

Cloudy, breezy and dry in York today, with a top temp of 21˚C. Image courtesy of the Weather Channel.