What's Happening in Wakefield blog

Abdul’s 15-year story as Wakefield curry king

Wakefield chef Abdul Ghafoor is celebrating 15 years in the takeaway and diner business. Abdul launched his first takeaway on Broadway, Lupset in 1997 and his food has been popular ever since. He uses a range of authentic Indian ingredients and delicious, inventive new dishes. In 2005 he expanded and opened Abdul’s Takeaway and Diner on Southgate, Pontefract.

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Hepworth welcomes half a million people

The Hepworth Wakefield is enjoying a triple celebration; its first birthday, its 500,000th visitor and an award nomination. The £35m gallery has been named as one of four finalists for the £100,000 Art Fund Prize to become ‘museum of the year’.

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Antartic explorer from Sharlston honoured with blue plaque

A Wakefield born man who explored the Antarctic by foot and became renowned for his contribution to science on the other side of the world is at last being recognised in the village where he was born. Trevor Hatherton was born in 1924 in Sharlston and studied at the Lee Brigg Primary School and Normanton Grammar School.

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Special proposal pitched by Stephi’s

Fans of Wakefield Wildcats rugby team were in for a shock when a former player proposed to his former Wildcat Doll girlfriend during half time. Chris Hall popped the question to his partner Stephi Scaife in front of a crowd of  8,500 supporters at the Wildcats game against Warrington Wolves. And she said yes!

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Memorial plan for church

The local community in Stanley are hoping that they can maintain the memory of their local church with a garden if plans to demolish it go ahead. The Wakefield Diocese is planning to bulldoze St Peter’s Church as it has been standing derelict for 11 years.

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Paul and Beefy head out on epic walk

A man who is losing his sight is planning to walk to all 92 football league clubs in the hopes of raising £20,000 for charity. Paul Hodgkinson is planning on spending 18 weeks walking the 2,250 miles. The 44 year old from Wrenthorpe had to have his left eye removed following an accident when he was 13.

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Biggest ever coal race sees runners battle it out

Matthew Wainwright managed to hold on to his coal carrying title at the 49th World Coal Carrying Championship that took place on 9th April in Gawthorpe. The 34 year old demonstrated his strength and endurance and crossed the line in just 4 minutes 34 seconds.

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Alwyn’s loses half his body weight

A man has lost more than 15 stone and found a new lease of life after he had to be lifted out of a tanker by a crane. After years of fast food and takeaways, 60 year old Alwyn Thorpe was on the verge of a heart attack. His weight ballooned to 31 stone, leading to him giving up his job and later causing his family home to be repossessed as he struggled to keep up with the payments.

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Wakefield brings home the awards

Hardworking staff in Wakefield have been rewarded for their dedication by winning prestigious awards.

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Show marks 50 years of modelling

Model railway enthusiasts from all over the country turned up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a club in Wakefield.

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