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Helpful Questions On Recognising Root Issues For Northern England

Wellbeing at the heart of this year?s over-50s event Sue Lister, coordinator of the festival for the over-50s, has appealed to event organisers to consider what they can do to foster the wellbeing of the city's older residents. "How can they bring people together to share activities that they may enjoy and may take up for the rest of the year?" she asked. "How can we involve people who are feeling lonely and isolated and depressed? How can we make York a better place to grow older?" She said Age UK had claimed that one million older people in the UK hadnt spoken to anyone for a month. That is unacceptable in our city," she said. "What are we going to do about it? Sue said she had started the first festival in 2005 with the idea of celebrating the experience, skills, knowledge and memories that older people had to share with younger people. "There was already a world-wide annual celebration on October 1 of International Older Peoples Day, with many cities round the UK already mounting their own festivals," she said. "As a city of festivals", York was ready and willing to add one more and the 50+ Festival has grown over the years until last year it offered 130 events for people of all ages to enjoy young people working with older people, and older people offering events for younger people. "It proved a way to bridge the generation gap and was enjoyed by around 5,000 people of all ages." She said this year's festival would begin as usual with an information fair to be staged from 10 am to 3pm on Thursday September 10, with 30 stands at the Guildhall, six at the Spurriergate Centre and another six at St Sampsons Centre.

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Blackpool protests Blackpool, who were in the Premier League in 2010-11, were the first professional English team to be relegated this season, back in early April. They have declined badly since their one season in the top flight, when they were much admired for their attacking football under Ian Holloway. The Tangerines turned over more than 100m since their promotion. Three seasons later and they had just six first-team players when Jose Riga arrived as manager in early pre-season. Only eight professionals were under contract two weeks before their first Championship game at Nottingham Forest. Despite signing 12 players in 12 days, they only had nine men eligible on the morning of the game and eventually named a four-man bench. Owner Owen Oyston and chairman Karl Oyston sued three fans for comments made on the internet, with football fans from around the UK raising the 20,000 needed by one of them for his damages bill. The chairman is being investigated by the FA for allegedly breaching five FA rules by sending abusive and insulting words to a Blackpool supporter. A statue of legendary ex-player Stan Mortensen - where fans reportedly planned to protest this weekend - has disappeared. A spokesman for the Tangerine Knights and Blackpool Supporters' Trust, which organised the pre-match protest, said: "Karl Oyston said 'judge me at the end of the season'.

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