In this week’s Pontefract and Castleford Express

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This week we lead on Pontefract bidding to be to be one of the top towns in the country in an awards ceremony that recognises the hard work of individuals and traders.

Also in news:

- A bench has been installed at Smawthorne Welfare in memory of Castleford soldier Craig Hopson who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009

- Pontefract Park turned pink as thousands of women completed Cancer Research’s Race for Life

- Around 500 miners at Kellingley Colliery will lose their jobs when the pit closes just ten days before Christmas

- A Darrington lactress has penned a play about her experiences living with a cancer-causing gene

- Castleford Tigers have been given high-powered cannabis factory lamps seized by police in drugs raids to maintain their pitch in the winter

- West Yorkshire rugby league clubs celebrate 120 years of the sport

In sport:

- Featherstone Rovers are seeking their first win under new boss Jon Sharp

- Castleford Tigers’ play-offs bid begins

- Jockey Gibbons secured treble joy at Pontefract