Tuesday 18 April 2023

ABOUT 1,000 shoeboxes filled with toys for children affected by the earthquake in Turkey will be flown out to Turkey by Turkish Airlines in the coming days; the culmination of the East Yorkshire to East Turkey earthquake appeal launched by Beverley restaurateur Ali Tekce, which concluded with a street party in Wednesday Market.

The shoeboxes were filled with Teddy Bears, small gifts, puzzles and sweets. In addition, the appeal, which has been running since the disaster struck in February, raised £12,000. Sunday’s party was attended by the Turkish Ambassador to the UK, Koray Ertas, who praised the area’s fundraising efforts. “These children have lost their families, they have lost their houses, and we are grateful that the Yorkshire people and Beverley people and the local charities are now sending their support and sympathies,” he said.

TO MARK the opening of a new mini display at Beverley Treasure House featuring artefacts relating to the East Riding Yeomanry, a relative of one of the soldiers from the regiment took part in the official unveiling. Eileen Tutill from York, the granddaughter of Quartermaster Sergeant Sefton Tomlinson, of Escrick, has donated her grandfather’s ceremonial sword, which dates to the years before the First World War.

THE PROPORTION of children in the East Riding who have been awarded their first preference of primary or infant school for September 2023 is 96.3 percent. The council received 2,987 applications and 2,875  have been allocated a place at their first preference school. This is an increase of 0.4 percent on 2022.  2,959 children have been allocated a place at one of the three schools named as their first, second or third preference.