Four Yorkshire News Stories (January 2019)

Yorkshire Rugby League World Cup Venues Confirmed

In a great piece of sporting news that is sure to bring much joy and excitement to our county, the Rugby League International Federation has announced that no less than six locations in Yorkshire will play host to matches in their 2021 World Cup. Doncaster, Kirklees, Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York were all successful in their bids – with Leeds hosting two semi finals over the three-week-long event. Although the final will still be held at London’s 90,000 capacity Wembley Stadium, the rights to the rest of the matches are a big boon for Yorkshire.

With tens of thousands of fans from all over the world set to flock to the UK for this sporting spectacle, it should be great news for local business owners and councils alike. Only another two years to wait now, eh?

Hope for Closure in ‘Lady of the Hills’ Mystery

This is a mysterious case that we are genuinely surprised we haven’t covered before in these pages. However, it looks like it may be a little less mysterious soon. Way back in 2004, a group of hikers stumbled across the body of an east-Asian woman, face down in a stream near the town of Horton in Ribblesdale. A police investigation revealed… nothing. The woman was nameless, with no identity papers or trail to chase up. Investigators were stumped and the case lay dormant for 15 years – that is until this year.

Dubbed the Lady of the Hills, the case still receives some publicity in Asia, and it was there, in Thailand, that authorities believe they may have finally put a name to a face in this sad case.  Joomsri Seekanya, 72, from the Udon Thani region of Thailand, saw the haunting sketch of the woman on TV and believes the body found may have been her daughter Lamduan who moved to Britain in the early 2000s. Buried in Horton in Ribblesdale church yard, DNA testing may soon give the family and the villagers closure on this morbidly interesting story.

York Fireworks Display Could be Televised in China

We’ve written about the rather odd connections between China and Yorkshire before on this site, and here’s another one to add to the list. It appears the traditional and historic nature of many of our county’s cities and towns has somewhat captured the public imagination in the east-Asian economic powerhouse, and there is a growing appetite for all things Yorkshire.

Traditional pubs, fish and chip suppers, and now a York-based fireworks display, have all been of interest to tour planners and city politicians in China. Most recently the city of Changsha, with over seven million residents as of 2018, has offered £200,000 towards the cost of York’s annual Bonfire Night display. As part of the deal the fireworks show, and a short documentary about York, will be shown on state broadcasted TV there – to an estimated audience of one million.

“It’s a great opportunity, it’s something that will be nationally and internationally significant. It’s about showcasing the city as well as providing an event that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike,” said Councillor Nigel Ayre, discussing the plans in a meeting.