CHARITY SWIM: The third Knaresborough Rotary Club Swimarathon will be held at the town’s pool on Saturday, February 22, from noon to 1pm, to raise funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and a campaign to tackle polio. Swimmers are encouraged to obtain sponsorship for a maximum swim time of 20 minutes. For details, email

COUNCIL TAX: Harrogate Borough Council is expected to freeze its council tax demand for the fifth year running. The authority’s cabinet said the council could balance its budget without the 1.95 per cent increase it had previously predicted.

FUNNY DATES: Comedians Miles Jupp, Punt and Dennis and Ed Byrne are set to perform at Harrogate’s Royal Hall on January 20, February 3 and February 14, respectively. For tickets, call 01423-502116 or visit