A fundraising march from Big Ben to Huddersfield, talks in support of Ukraine, the return of Patrick Kielty on tour and more – Five long reads from the Yorkshire Post team this week

Travel writer and adventurer Simon Parker tells the story of his 3,000 mile cycle journey around pandemic Britain on tour, including sites in Yorkshire.

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His motivation for adventure, in 2020 and 2021, was three-fold – to pay his bills, satisfy his thirst for travel and provide a much-needed boost to his sanity.

Simon Parker is enjoying a well deserved rest during his epic journey through 55 counties.

Comedian Patrick Kielty is back on the road with his first tour in seven years.

Coming soon to Yorkshire, Borderline explores the idea of ​​nationality and division from the perspective of a man whose beleaguered homeland has achieved something rare: it has found peace.

The dismantled statue of Lenin in a parking lot behind the kyiv History Museum. Photo: Tim Smith

Fundraising between Big Ben and Burton

A team of fundraisers, including leader Tim Bilton, were ready for a gigantic charity walk from Big Ben to their home village of Huddersfield when the first cases of coronavirus spread to the UK.

This put their plans for the challenge in memory of their late friend Ben Jebson on hold. But two years later, they are in their final days of training before Big Ben at Burton finally becomes a reality.

Some members of the fundraising team participating in the Big Ben to Burton walk.

Photographer Tim Smith has documented Ukraine and its people for decades and flew to photograph the country which gained independence from the USSR in late 1991.

He is presenting some of his images from this historic moment in a series of talks, with all proceeds going to the Disaster Emergency Committee’s Humanitarian Appeal for Ukraine.

Patrick Kielty in a promotional photo for Borderline. Photo: Steve Ullathorne

Last month the National Theater production of a radical new take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story Jekyll & Hyde visited schools in Doncaster as part of a tour reaching 10,500 secondary school pupils across the country.

The aim of the tour, undertaken as part of the NT’s ongoing work to support the arts and creativity in schools, was to help develop new audiences for live theater across the UK.

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Artistic Director of the Rufus Norris National Theater. Photo: Paul Plews

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