An ariel view of York Minster, North Yorkshire. *01/08/04: The Archbishop of York, the Church of England's second most senior clergyman, will announce his resignation. Dr Dave Hope, archbishop since 1995, will return to being a parish priest, the Church of England said. Dr Hope is to announce his resignation at a church service at a parish in north Yorkshire, later today, a spokesman said.
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Customs and Traditions - Welly Boot Throwing - Southport
Currently training on Southport beach, Alan Wright, 32 of Belmont Close, Burscough, preparing to defend his title as World Welly Throwing Champion in Jamaica. In the classic style of an Olympic discus thrower, Alan whirled around in a carefully marked circle to hurl a size 12 rubber Wellington boot more than 50 yards across the sand. Alan, a chemicals salesman, won his title at Florida's Daytona Beach in 1978.
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Westbury White Horse conservation
Finishing touches to the whitening of the Westbury White Horse near Westbury in Wiltshire. A four-week conservation project to protect the white horse ended. *...English Heritage, which is in charge of preserving the monument, helped direct the operation to steam clean the horse, dating back to the 18th Century. The white horse, one of seven visible in Wiltshire, is believed to date in its present form back to 1778 and is a feature of the scheduled ancient monument of Bratton Camp - an iron age hill fort. The horse, which costs 16, 000 to clean, stands in a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
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