Friday 12 May 2023

PLANS are being made for a second major community event in memory of well-known former Beverley teacher Ivan Usher. It will take place on Sunday June 25 and involve local organisations, sports clubs and residents and will include a schools’ football tournament.

The event is a joint initiative between the council’s active communities team, East Riding Leisure Beverley and The Usher family, and will be a tribute to the memory of Ivan Usher, after whom a stand is named at Beverley Town Football Club. Mr Usher taught PE at Longcroft School for approximately 30 years before his family set up and ran a Fitness Centre in the town. 

The inaugural event was held last year and proved very successful. Laura Hutchinson, of East Riding Council, told us: “We would like to hear now from any Beverley-based community group who would like to have a stall free of charge at our What’s On event as part of the Ivan Usher Community Celebration.” She can be contacted at

THE ANNOUNCEMENT that the Government is to take over rail services operated by Transpennine Express from May 28 means the majority of rail services in Hull and East Yorkshire, other than Hull Trains, will now be State run. Known as “The Operator of Last Resort” it already runs London North Eastern Railway, Northern and Southeastern services. 

The decision follows months of significant disruption and regular cancellations across Transpennine Express’s network. The move is said to be temporary and it is the Government’s intention that it will return to the private sector.