‘A Thousand Words’ short story competition launched

THE GAZETTE is excited to announce the launch of the 2021 ‘A Thousand Words’ short story competition.

Once again we’ve teamed up with your favourite local community radio station 105.3 Seaside FM. Just like last year, the winning story will be broadcast on 105.3 Seaside FM and read by our judge and Gazette columnist Andrea Burn. And it will be published in The Gazette so the lucky winner will see their story in print. The competition is open to those aged 18 and over.

Stories should be no longer than 1000 words beginning with: “An easterly wind swept along the coast, wheezing and rattling through the old sash windows and breathing life into the dying embers of the fire. The mantle clock chimed twice as the house seemed to sigh its portent of things to come...”

The closing date is 5pm on February 12 with the winner announced on February 25.

Find out how to enter on page 9 in this week's Gazette.



Theft from car in Thorngumbald

HUMBERSIDE POLICE are appealing for information following the theft of items from a car in Thorngumbald.

Several items were stolen from a car parked on St Martins Road, Thorngumbald at around 5.50pm on Thursday, January 14.
A Moncler fashion jacket, a Gucci car holder containing a bank card and University ID card along with an iPhone XR were among the items taken.
A spokesperson for Humberside Police said: “The owner of the car noticed a male wearing a black base ball cap and a black puffa style jacket run from the scene around 5.50pm.
A dog walker located the discarded iPhone later in the evening and returned it to the victim.
"If you know anything of who is responsible for this theft or know the whereabouts of the stolen items or had captured anything relating to this on CCTV or Dash Cam: please call the police on 101 with Investigation number 16/13746/21.”

Local BBC radio’s Make a Difference: Give a Laptop campaign has seen £30,000 donated in its first week

SINCE THE launch of the BBC’s Make A Difference: Give A Laptop campaign last Thursday, local radio stations across England have been inundated with calls, emails, texts and donations.

 From January 7, all 39 local radio stations launched the campaign by providing details of specialist charities across the country that will safely wipe donated devices before distributing them to local schools.

Just a week after its launch the charities have received nearly 5,000 devices and a total of £30,000 in financial donations.

Chris Burns, Head of Local Radio comments: “It’s great to see our listeners responding to our call to action. We are committed to doing everything we can do to help support the great work of our teachers and schools during the pandemic.

“We’ve received an incredible £30,000 in financial donations in one week and know that the figure is probably much higher as many people have been donating directly to their local schools and charities as a result of our on air campaign. At least another 20,000 devices are also being pledged by businesses in the coming weeks across the UK.

“At this challenging time, our listeners are once again showing that community spirit is alive and well.”

To donate a device, visit: or listen to your local BBC Radio station via your radio, smart device or using the BBC Sounds app.


Improvements under way at East Riding Leisure Centre

ALTHOUGH East Riding Leisure Centres are currently closed, work is under way on improvements to the swimming pool and surrounding area at East Riding Leisure Withernsea.

The pool has been drained and work has begun on regrouting the whole pool; replacing tiles; refurbishing the flume slide; maintenance in the plant room; and work on the air handling system above the pool itself.

Work is scheduled to be completed by March 28.

Senior facility manager Stuart Armstrong said: “We are taking advantage of the current closure period to carry out these major works to improve our pool, to be ready to reopen with improved facilities in the Spring when we are allowed to do so.”