Wednesday 1 March 2023

HUNDREDS of people have been taking to social media to express sadness at the news that acclaimed Beverley Japanese restaurant Ogino is to close later this month.

Owners Julian Ogino-Stamford and his wife, Rieko, pictured left, made the announcement via the restaurant’s website and Facebook page, saying: “It was not an easy decision as we watched our restaurant having one of the busiest Januarys. However, after a serious health scare last year, Rieko and I have decided to step back from the frontline and close Ogino’s door for good, while it’s at the height of success.”

Ogino opened in Butcher Row to much acclaim 11 years ago and will close on Sunday March 26, although Julian’s other restaurant, The Brazilian, on Hull Marina, is unaffected. And for lovers of Japanese cuisine the good news is another restaurant is already preparing to take over the Beverley premises from April 14. Roku Asia says their new concept has been four years in the making. 

EAST RIDING residents over the age of 85, who live in properties which fall in council tax bands A and B and are in receipt of council tax support, will soon receive a one-off payment of £80 to help with the cost-of-living crisis. 

Age UK East Riding, who had to stop providing services some years ago and is about to be wound up, is using the money left in its reserves to make the payment to around 1,300 eligible households.

Those who qualify for the payment will shortly receive a letter from Age UK East Riding and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, who are administering the payments, giving them details of how they can collect the £80.

Darryl Stephenson, chairman of Age UK East Riding, said: “The trustees of Age UK East Riding are very much aware of the extreme financial pressures currently facing elderly people with the ever-increasing costs of energy bills and fuel.

“I appreciate that the individual payment isn’t large but hopefully it will be of some assistance to the recipient and will help us fulfil our commitment to support those elderly people in need in the East Riding.

* Anyone who is struggling with the cost-of-living crisis can find information and support at

One of the first recipients of the payment, Mrs Muriel Oliver,is seen with Darryl Stephenson (left), Jonathon Owen (centre) and John Butler, (right)  treasurer of Age UK East Riding.

POLICE say a man was arrested on suspicion of drink driving following the incident in which a car hit the front of East Riding Council’s customer service centre in Cross Street, Beverley, at the weekend. As previously reported, the centre has been forced to close to the public since the incident in the early hours of Sunday morning.