It’s officially the Most Depressing Day of the Year. As you shiver outside in the cold, or shudder at the sight of your post-Christmas bank balance, you might agree.
But cheer up. There are reasons to be cheerful in Yorkshire. Here we give you six of these, which should help put a smile back on your face.
1. Snow has been falling for the first time this year in parts of Yorkshire, meaning you can have fun or look through your windows and enjoy the sight of others doing so. Today’s front page of the Yorkshire Post shows Louis Mcguire, aged two, sledging with grandfather Charlie McDowall on Ilkley Moor.
2. What could be more uplifting than the sound of thousands of schoolchildren teaming up to sing together in a choir? That beautiful sound can be heard at the Young Voices concerts, featuring Yorkshire schools, which take place throughout this week, starting today, at the Sheffield Arena.
3. Enjoy a cut-price meal at one of the region’s restaurants at this time of year, as they’re offering deals. You could get 50 per cent off some food at Shears Yard and The Liquorist, or take advantage of the Winter Feast Menu at Harvey Nichols, which offers three courses and a cocktail for £20.
4. Celebrate the fact that a Hull-born actor has just beaten Leonardo Di Caprio to an actor of the year award. At the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, Sir Tom Courtenay took the honour. DiCaprio might have been cheered up by seeing Kate Winslet winning supporting actress of the year - but just wait until Hull produces a female star too.
5. Local heroes The Kaiser Chiefs have announced that they are playing at Dalby Forest in Yorkshire this summer and those gigs will raise funds for forests. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding the forests and woodlands.
6. Yorkshire is without a Premier League football club, but this morning the region has two teams in the second tier’s automatic promotion places; Hull and Middlesbrough. It’s not just East Yorkshire and North Yorkshire where there’s hope though - Sheffield Wednesday are in the play-off zone.