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Smith: Play-off win ‘enormous’ for Hull KR

Smith was full of praise for his Hull KR side as they stunned his former side Warrington Wolves in Friday’s elimination play-off. “It’s enormous for our club,” he said. “Probably not many people gave us much of a chance.”

Last Updated: 24/09/21 11:31pm

Tony Smith celebrates Hull KR's shock play-off win over Warrington

Tony Smith celebrates Hull KR’s shock play-off win over Warrington

Tony Smith hailed the enormity of Hull Kingston Rovers reaching the Super League semi-finals after his side produced one of the biggest upsets in play-off history.

The 19-0 victory over his old club Warrington Wolves takes the Robins to within 80 minutes of a maiden Grand Final, just 12 months after they finished the 2020 season with the wooden spoon.

Their reward is a semi-final against League Leaders’ Shield winners Catalans Dragons in Perpignan next Thursday which guarantees a new Grand Finalist.

Super League play-off semi-finals

  • Thursday, Sep 30: Catalans Dragons vs Hull KR (Stade Gilbert Brutus, 7.45pm UK time)
  • Friday, Oct 1: St Helens vs Leeds Rhinos (Totally Wicked Stadium, 7.45pm)

“It’s fantastic,” Smith said. “We’ve been trying to break into that. It’s enormous for our club. Probably not many people gave us much of a chance.

“I’m really pleased for the owner [Neil Hudgell] – it’s been a long time between drinks. I like the attitude of my guys, they pulled together for each other.

“We had a great build-up despite being flat last week and to come here and find enough energy to win the game makes me really proud.”

Abdull stars as Robins shock Wolves

A Jordan Abdull-inspired Hull KR stunned Warrington Wolves to reach the Super League semi-finals with a 19-0 win.

Rovers led 6-0 at half-time thanks to a try from stand-off Jordan Abdull while his half-back partner Mikey Lewis added a solo effort early in the second half and winger Jimmy Keinhorst clinched it with a third try 13 minutes from the end.

“It was a messy old game but we rode through it a little better than them and we grew as we got further into it,” Smith added.

“We were able to pretty much handle anything that was thrown at us. I’m really proud of their last-ditch defence to come up with some of the try-savers that we did.

Tony Smith gives his reaction after Hull KR beat Warrington Wolves to reach the Super League play-off semi-finals

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Tony Smith gives his reaction after Hull KR beat Warrington Wolves to reach the Super League play-off semi-finals

Tony Smith gives his reaction after Hull KR beat Warrington Wolves to reach the Super League play-off semi-finals

“I thought it was awesome. It showed how much pride they have in their defence and to do it against a team with so many stars was fairly remarkable really.

“Last week we got out-enthused but we managed to out-enthuse our opposition today. We’ve got to find it again on Thursday.”

Hull KR defied the absence of nine senior players to condemn the Wolves to a third successive home play-off defeat.

Jordan Abdull was named player of the match after leading Hull Kingston Rovers into the Super League play-off semi-finals

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Jordan Abdull was named player of the match after leading Hull Kingston Rovers into the Super League play-off semi-finals

Jordan Abdull was named player of the match after leading Hull Kingston Rovers into the Super League play-off semi-finals

The hero was former Hull FC and London Broncos half-back Abdull, who underlined his Man of Steel credentials with a masterful display, capped by a try, three goals and a drop goal.

“He ran the show,” said Smith. “This has been coming for him. He’s had some really strong performances over the years but they’re coming regularly for him.

“That’s what Man of Steel is about, doing it consistently. Jordan’s getting more confidence about him and more wisdom as he matures.”

Warrington Wolves coach Steve Price called his side's performance 'unacceptable' after losing to Hull KR in the Super League play-offs

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Warrington Wolves coach Steve Price called his side’s performance ‘unacceptable’ after losing to Hull KR in the Super League play-offs

Warrington Wolves coach Steve Price called his side’s performance ‘unacceptable’ after losing to Hull KR in the Super League play-offs

The shock result brought to an abrupt end the four-year reign of Smith’s successor Steve Price, who will return to Australia with a Challenge Cup winners’ medal but with the big prize still eluding him.

“We got what we deserved tonight,” Price said. “I never saw that coming, it’s gut-wrenching to be honest.

“Full credit to Hull KR who came with some high energy and played some good football. We didn’t handle it. The number of errors was atrocious. I think there were 21 in total and you are never going to give yourselves a chance in rugby league.

“There were so many pressure releases and we were not able to build pressure. I’m going to have to take the next couple of days to reflect. We played some reasonable footy throughout the season and I thought we were getting some momentum.

“We were at full-strength apart from Mike Cooper and had everything going for us, but we dished out our worst performance, which is not acceptable. We got beaten in every facet.”

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Hull two back at Aramco Team Series

Kelsey MacDonald, Leonie Harm and Anne van Dam share the lead after the opening day at the Centurion Club, with Charley Hull two off the pace – watch every round live – for free – on the Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel

Last Updated: 08/07/21 8:01pm

Charley Hull is in contention at the Aramco Team Series - London

Charley Hull is in contention at the Aramco Team Series – London

Anne van Dam produced a sparkling finish to move into a three-way tie for the lead after the opening round of the Aramco Team Series event.

Van Dam went birdie-eagle over her final two holes at the Centurion Club to close a six-under 67 and join Scotland’s Kesley MacDonald and Germany’s Leonie Harm at the top of the leaderboard.

MacDonald had set the initial clubhouse target after eagling her opening hole and adding four birdies during a bogey-free round, before Harm moved alongside her despite finishing her 67 with a bogey at the par-five last.

Van Dam responded to a bogey at the third by making four straight birdies at the sixth to reach the turn in 34, with the Dutchwoman cancelling out bogeys at the 12th and 14th by picking up a shot at the next hole on both occasions.

The five-time Ladies European Tour winner then followed a birdie at the 17th with an eagle at the par-five last to also get to six under, with Laura Fuenfstueck and Lee-Anne Pace both a shot off the pace in tied-fourth.

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Charley Hull made four birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn to post a first-round 69 and fellow Englishwoman Cloe Frankish made two late birdies to card a three-under 70, while Georgia Hall and Dame Laura Davies are in the group four strokes back.

A team event is running alongside the individual competition, with each team containing three professionals and an amateur and the best two scores on each hole taken forward for the team score. Team Pace holds a one-shot advantage on 16 under after the opening day.

Watch the Aramco Team Series throughout the week live on Sky Sports Golf. Live coverage continues on Friday from 1.30pm on Sky Sports Mix, the red button on Sky Sports Golf and – for free – on the Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel.

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Bad Girls cast where are they now from Hull star to Downton Abbey

Bad Girls cast where are they now from Hull star

What happened to the rest of the cast after the prison was locked down forever in 2006?

When ITV‘s Bad Girls launched in the summer of 1999, it introduced us to all the horrors of prison life from the first episode.

The series captivated 9.5million viewers with its quirky characters, violence, bad language, and raunchy scenes.

Running up until 2006 when the cells were finally slammed shut for good, Bad Girls focused on the relationships between the prisoners and staff at the notorious Larkhall prison.

The eight-part series tackled sensitive topics such bullying, rape, suicide, miscarriage and drug use.

EastEnders stars Linda Henry and Luisa Bradshaw-White are now on-screen sisters, but what about the other inmates and officers?

Popular ITV show Bad Girls ran for eight-series

Linda Henry -Yvonee Atkins

Linda has become a well-known actress since her Bad Girls days and is widely recognised for playing Shirley Carter in EastEnders.

She rose as ‘Top Dog’ after being introduced late in series one.

Character Yvonee was not one to be messed with – she ruled the prison and bullied other inmates.

                                                 Yvonne dominated the prison halls

Fans were devastated when Yvonee was killed-off in series five by Jim Fenner.

Yvonne’s death was EastEnders‘ gain as actress Linda Henry headed to Walford in December 2006.

It wasn’t actually the first time she had appeared on the soap, as Linda was the original actor who played Lorraine Salter back in the 1990s.

When the Carter family expanded, Linda would be joined in Albert Square by three other former Bad Girls co-stars.

Debra Stephenson – Shell Dockley

                                      Shell was a psychotic character (Image: Mirror Online)

Shell Dockley was a psychotic character who you would not want to annoy.

Serving life for kidnapping, torturing and murdering the women who her boyfriend left her for.

In a few series, Shell had escaped the prison before returning in series five where she was placed in psychiatric hospital shortly after giving birth.

After departing the show, Debra Stephenson also headed for the soaps and joined Coronation Street playing Bradley Walsh‘s on-screen wife.

Debra then went back to her impressionist roots and worked with Jon Culshaw on The Impressions Show.

Luisa Bradshaw-White – Lorna Rose

                                   Luisa Bradshaw played a young police officer on the show

Luisa played young prison officer who featured in the first series before being given the boot.

She was blackmailed by Shell into smuggling drugs into the prison, but was eventually caught out by her superiors.

Lorna was arrested, sacked from her job, and never seen in the prison again.

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What happened to Hull Love Islanders after the show ended

Love Island returns to our screens on Monday evening with fans eagerly waiting to meet the new set of sexy singletons.

The new series will have us captivated by the love in the sun as we hear “I got a text”.

Some fall in love, some fall out with everyone, whilst others just end up making friends and can’t seem to find ‘the one’.

Read more: Love Island Instagram rich list revealed with new series predicted to have ‘richest contestants’

Over the years there has been a wide variety of contestants from all over the UK with many representing Yorkshire and the Humber and making it to the very end.

In the initial line up for the 2021 series, there are no local lovers, but Casa Amour may be the golden opportunity for Yorkshire’s finest.

Let’s take a look at where the Love Islanders from Hull and Yorkshire are now.

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Danny Williams

Hull-born Danny Williams is often seen working out in the gym

Danny, from Hull appeared in the fifth season of Love Island in 2019.

He came later to the villa, arriving on day six and coupled up with Yewande.

Fellow islanders were shocked when he then chose to couple up with new islander Arabella in week four.

She was later dumped from the Island and Danny recoupled with Jourdan, before being dumped on day 36.

Danny Williams likes to keep in shape

The couple are no longer together.

The ab-tastic influencer has 510,000 followers on Instagram and shares workout, fashion and cooking content.

He often shares how to reach your daily goals and advice on getting motivated.

Cally Beech

Cally is now a mum

Cally Beech rose to fame when she appeared on the hit show in 2014.

She coupled up with Luis Morrison and the UK watched the pair fall in love on screen.

They remained together outside of the show and had their daughter Vienna together.

Despite calling quits on their romance, the pair share love in their adorable four-year-old.

And we often see snaps of little Vienna on her mum Cally’s Instagram account, on which the reality star boasts 541,000 followers.

The brunette beauty shares a stunning home with her little one, and she often posts snaps of it on social media.

Cally recently shared snaps of a wedding she attended with boyfriend Nathan Malcolm.

She was first spotted dating him back in 2019, but does not often share photographs of them together.

Cally and her boyfriend Nathan
Cally and her boyfriend Nathan

She hit back on social media after one follower criticised her new beau.

The follower wrote: “So you have a baby, then break up with the dad”.

Cally, who publicly hit out at Luis following their split replied: “He cheated on me thanks very much u know f*** all n I’m very happy but thanks for ur input hun.”

Zara Holland

Zara Holland

Hull’s own Zara has certainly been one of the more controversial contestants.

She was best-known for sharing about her experiences as Miss Great Britain, before loosing her title for having sex on the show.

Post Love Island she was seen to be jet setting across the globe.

But her lavish lifestyle landed her in trouble when she breached Covid rules in Barbados.

Her lavish lifestyle landed her in trouble

The 25-year-old has been keeping a low profile recently after she paid a £4,500 fine in the Caribbean earlier this year for trying to flee the country despite her boyfriend testing positive for Covid.

Zara and her partner Elliot Love, 30, were intercepted at the island’s airport and faced a jail sentence of up to a year, before both were let off with fines.

She took a break from social media for a while, but is now back to sharing snaps with her 268,000 followers.

She now spends much of her time posting pictures of her boutique collection at Mimi Boutique, which she owns with her mum.

Georgia Steel

Georgia Steel is from North Yorkshire

Georgia Steel, from Thirsk, was one of the strongest personalities on the fourth season of Love Island in 2018.

And she has become quite the influencer with 1.3million followers, and has landed some big brand deals with the likes of Boux Avenue.

In the villa she was originally coupled up with Josh and was left shocked when he returned from the Casa Amor villa in week five having recoupled with Kazimir.

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She later then coupled up with Sam Bird and the pair were dumped from the island after refusing to re-couple with other people.

The couple split three months after leaving the show.

The TV personality remained on reality shows, appearing on Celebs Go Dating, Celebs on the Ranch and Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love.

Simon Searles

Simon Searles

Simon Searles, from Leeds was in the third season of Love Island in 2017.

He entered on day 19 but was dumped on day 23.

Simon still lives in his home city and is the owner of Union Barbers Leeds in Woodhouse.

He has 108,000 followers on Instagram, but has set his profile to private to keep his life away from the spotlight.

Javi Shephard

Javi insisted Zara Holland would definitely not be his type in the outside world

Javi Shephard, from York, entered the villa on day one but only lasted six days after failing to couple up.

The surveyor went on to say he was “too cultured” for Love Island in subsequent interviews, and also criticised fellow Yorkshire contestant Zara Holland after she refused to couple up with him.

He now has 40,000 followers on Instagram and is happily coupled up.

Javi loves posting pictures of his walks across Yorkshire.

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Colin Farrell unrecogniseable in new Hull drama The North Water

A brand new BBC drama will showcase Hull in all its glory with Colin Farrell starring as the lead.

The North Water, set both in the city as well as the chilly Arctic, sees Colin completely transform.

Farrell plays Drax, a harpooner and force of nature.

Read more: From Orchard Park to Amazon Prime: The Hull actor told he would never make it

The actor’s character Henry Drax has long dark hair and a large beard.

Based on the novel by Ian McGuire, the five-part series tells the story of Sumner, a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic.

As the true purpose of the expedition becomes clear, confrontation between the two men erupts, taking them on a journey far from solid ground and beyond the safe moorings of civilisation.

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The series is set in Hull and on the ice floes of the Arctic in the late 1850s, where shooting took place on the frozen seas north of the Svalbard archipelago.

The new BBC Two drama went to great lengths to film sequences.

The cast travelled as far as 81 degrees north to film in pack ice, the furthest point north it is believed a drama series has ever filmed.

The drama also stars Jack O’Connell as Patrick Sumner and Sir Tom Courtenay as the ship’s owner Baxter, as well as Peter Mullan, Sam Spruell and Roland Moller.

The North Water will air on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer this autumn.

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Ex Hull City player's new romance after split from Alexandra Burke

Former Hull City defender Angus MacDonald appears to be hitting it off with a Love Island star.

The Rotheram United player look besotted whilst on a night out in London with Rachel Fenton recently.

MacDonald, 28, faced a difficult time last year when he was shockingly diagnosed with bowel cancer. But he now looks to be getting back to his old self and enjoying going out again.

Read more: Angus MacDonald legal case closed as Barnsley and Hull City’s fate revealed

The footballer looked besotted recently when he was seen outside the Tower Suites’ rooftop bar as sparks flew between the pair on a sultry night in the capital.

Rachel was spotted looking besotted with the footballer
Rachel was spotted looking besotted with the footballer

He and Rachel were seen laughing and smiling, before kissing one and other.

NHS nurse Rachel shot to fame after appearing on the 2016 series of the ITV show and fell for Rykard Jenkins.

It comes just a month after she was spotted on a date with Towie’s James Lock.

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And it is the first time Angus has been spotted moving on since his long term relationship with Alexandra Burke.

Brave Angus was told he had bowel cancer last summer and admitted he thought he could die.

Angus formerly dated singer Alexandra Burke, but was recently spotted on a date with Rachel Fenton in London
Angus formerly dated singer Alexandra Burke, but was recently spotted on a date with Rachel Fenton in London

But he got the all clear in November after two operations – first to remove his bowel and fit a colostomy bag and another to replace the bowel.

He was dating X Factor star Alexandra, 32, at the time and has since revealed she was a huge support.

He told The Sun: “I hadn’t been with Alex long and, I know it sounds stupid, but I was worried it may affect our relationship. We’d only just passed the dating stage.

“I tried to act as normal as I could but she knew something wasn’t right.”

Angus and Alexandra Burke were first spotted to be dating when they went to Wimbledon together
Angus and Alexandra Burke were first spotted to be dating when they went to Wimbledon together

He said Alex was “devastated” by the news.

Angus was diagnosed with a blood clot in his leg in September 2018, which saw him pull out of playing football for nine months, before the cancer shock was confirmed in August.

Angus is now a patron for Bowel Cancer UK, offering ongoing support to raise awareness of the illness.

He was given the all clear in December of last year, but the pair broke things off in March 2021.

A source confirmed they went their separate ways after becoming too busy with their individual careers.

The singer deleted all trace of her ex from her Instagram account as they called it quits after a difficult first year together.

Alexandra has not been spotted out with a new beau, but will there be a date two for Angus and Rachel?

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GB News viewers love Michelle Dewberry's Hull accent

Michelle Dewberry debuted her new show on GB News tonight.

The former Apprentice winner was competing with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and UEFA Euro 2020 for viewers’ attention.

She hosted her prime time two-hour slot, Dewbs & Co, at 6pm on the new Freeview channel, just as Mr Johnson held a press conference in which he announced there would be a delay on fully lifting restrictions.

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Tweeting about the show, one said: “I thought the accent would grate after about 30 minutes but no, she’s doing fine and importantly bright and intelligent. Great start.”

“@MichelleDewbs has such a fantastic accent!” another said.

While a third Tweeted: “A thoroughly enjoyable programme Michelle, you did an excellent job! #GBNews is now a permanent fixture on my TV screen.”

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But some were not quite as complimentary about some aspects of the show.

“Love the show,” one said. “Nice to see new faces and love your accent. Needs to be a bit brighter instead of the dark background and can some please sort out the reflection of the auto-cue behind you as it is distracting. Other than that great channel.”

Another said: “24hrs on still many technical issues remain. @MichelleDewbs looked relieved to make it through her show. Now on @afneil’s show there are sync issues with Boris Johnson’s statement.”

A third Tweeted: “You’re coming across great and like real person!!! which is completely refreshing. Sound is a real issue though, but sure it’s just a teething issue. Good luck to all a GBN.”

Others picked up on “issues” too.

“Loved the show,” one said. “Interesting and well presented. I’m sure the glitches will be ironed out.”

Another said: “Watched you and you were smashing, yes a few technical problems but you did a marvellous job. It must have been difficult your first show. Well done love.”

“@MichelleDewbs you did perfect…don’t b***** worry about the tech issues they’ll get fixed,” another Tweet said. “Your confidence will grow as you do more… just don’t think too much about it. Well done!”

Last night’s GB News launch show hosted by Andrew Neil came in for criticism from some, for “grainy pictures” and “out of sync” dialogue, but others were urging the dubious to give Dewbs a chance, after she discussed with Andrew the stories and voices she was keen to air on her programme.

Michelle herself tweeted that she was feeling “a healthy mix of nerves and excitement” ahead of her show launch tonight and that kind messages of support she had received were all “massively appreciated”.

After the channel launch last night, she tweeted: “Never, ever been as nervous on TV as I was just then.

“Everything I do, I do in honour of my sister and I know she will be looking down, watching us and super proud. History in the making. Thanks to everyone for your support. Much appreciated. Onwards and upwards #gbnews.”

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Coronation Street star credits 'beautiful' meal during Hull visit

Former Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh had a beaming smile on her face after enjoying some free time in Hull.

The Pact actress, who is best known for her soap role as Hayley, dined at brand new Vietnamese restaurant Long An.

She enjoyed a “beautiful” meal at The Paragon Street spot, and even sipped one of the speciality cocktails.

It comes as the 51-year-old actress has been spending some time in the city performing with Hull Truck Theatre.

Speaking about her evening Julie said: “Just had the most beautiful Vietnamese meal at #Long An in #Hull (opposite the train station). A lovely restaurant, amazing service and a special feel about it. Highly recommended!”

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Long An Restaurant is opening in Hull's city centre on May 31
Long An Restaurant

Long An opened last month after intending to launch earlier, but lockdown pushed development back.

It offers fine dining food including traditional Vietnamese dishes, as well as drinks inspired by the country, and some traditional English favourites.

Manager Danny Blakemore said restaurant staff were so pleased when Hayley paid them a visit.

He said: “She was absolutely lovely, and really enjoyed the food.

“The chefs always work to get the highest quality of food and she was full of compliments about it.”

Danny added: “The response we’ve had since reopening has been amazing. That is 100 percent down to my team; they have enthusiasm and willingness to give out guest the food and service they don’t receive anywhere else.

“I couldn’t be prouder.”

The celebrity stop-off comes after Julie has been performing in the city.

She is currently starring in Greatest Play at the theatre.

Julie during rehearsals at Hull Truck Theatre

On Twitter Julie said: “Thank you to all the team at @HullTruck, FOH and backstage, for all your loveliness and for making me so welcome this week.

“And thanks to the people of Hull for coming to see #GreatestPlay and for your friendliness and warmth!”

And the good news is Julie said she will be returning to Hull soon.

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For now she will be travelling to other parts of the UK to perform the show.

The Yorkshire Post called the play “a beautiful love letter to love and humanity”, whilst The Observer said, “if you get the chance to see it, seize it.”

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Hull Sewing Bee contestant Andrew says 'sewing can unite communities'

Hull maths teacher Andrew Aspland, whose miscalculations on detachable bows and darts saw him eliminated from The Great British Sewing Bee (GBSB) this week, has said he now wants to promote sewing for men.

Andrew, 54, has been reflecting on the events surrounding the BBC One craft show, after making it all the way through to week seven – winter week – before being cast out of the sewing room.

“I want to promote sewing for men – both men sewing and making things for men. It can be really difficult sourcing suitable patterns and materials,” said Andrew, explaining what was next for him in the wider world of sewing.

“My own style would be a ‘Gentleman’s Wardrobe’, classic clothes made to fit me. I love making shirts – easy fabrics to work with, opportunities to add features and create interest and, with a bit of precision sewing, a garment which is better than bought.

“At the moment about a quarter of my clothes are home-made but this is set to increase as I sew more in the future.

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Andrew said filming of The Great British Sewing Bee was "intense"
Andrew said filming of The Great British Sewing Bee was “intense”

“I like a bit of sparkle and it is great to be able to add something special to your wardrobe.”

Describing his relationship with this year’s Bees, the seventh group of competitors to bid for the title of top amateur stitcher in the UK since GBSB’s inception, Andrew said: “We were thrown in together for both filming and living. You get to know so much about people and yet realise there is so much yet to know.

“We got on well despite our different backgrounds – sewing can unite communities.”

He said filming the series was “intense” and he did not have any particular strategy for keeping calm, only pushing himself to finish.

“It was great to be sewing as part of a team – it can be a very solitary experience otherwise,” said Andrew, who lives with his partner, Paul, a priest, and pet rabbit Aiden.

Outlining why he applied for the show, Andrew said: “I have been inspired by watching the GBSB, and having made outfits for my parents’ diamond wedding celebration, there were several friends who said I ought to go on the show – I resisted!

“However, the lockdown and watching GBSB series six, nudged me in the right direction and I applied.

The reversible coat for a child that Andrew created was his favourite garment from the whole Sewing Bee experience
The reversible coat for a child that Andrew created was his favourite garment from the whole Sewing Bee experience

“I wanted to impress Patrick (Grant) while not getting slaughtered by Esme (Young). Joe (Lycett, the show host) is such a kind person – his good humour and encouragement certainly helped when the going got tough.”

Deliberating on his best and worst moments of the series, Andrew said: “The worst was watching the bow fall off my winter festive dress in Episode 7 and realising that I wasn’t going to make it to the quarter finals; the best was smashing the transformation challenge on more than one occasion.

“I think my favourite challenge overall has to be the transformation challenge, in children’s week, and making the crab.”

And the outfit he loved the most?

Andrew smashed the transformation challenge more than once, including with his crab costume made from second-hand swimwear and flotation aids
Andrew smashed the transformation challenge more than once, including with his crab costume made from second-hand swimwear and flotation aids

“I think the reversible coat for my child model was my favourite – I loved the finished look.”

Largely self-taught, Andrew started out started making clothes for his teddy bears at a young age, having a go on his mum’s sewing machine while still at primary school.

“I love being able to sew things which I wouldn’t be able to buy – bespoke curtains and clothes which are unique are my loves.

“I don’t routinely make clothes for others but it’s great to be able to make something for a special occasion when I am more than happy to pull all the stops out.

“I have made a couple of stage costumes for friends and hope to make more of these.”

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Great British Sewing Bee's Andrew from Hull sews last stitch in show

Hull’s Andrew Aspland sewed his last stitch in The Great British Bee last night after his festive party frock failed to find favour with the judges.

Bumpy seams and detachable bows, one of which fell off a sleeve while the dress was being modelled in the finale of the BBC One show, were the undoing of the popular maths teacher.

With judge Esme Young known as a fan of large, statement bows and fellow judge Patrick Grant declaring himself “less fond” of the colour purple, Andrew said while creating his made-to-measure velvet dress: “Small bows and purple, I am going for a real judges’ winner, aren’t I?”

Earlier in the show, Andrew, 54, had been placed third out of the remaining six stitchers in the challenging pattern round to create a flannel shirt in the style of the traditional North American lumberjack, even though his collar was “very untidy” and he had had problems matching the fabric at the front.

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Show host Joe Lycett reads Andrew's palm during the transformation challenge
Show host Joe Lycett reads Andrew’s palm during the transformation challenge

And he did even better in the transformation round, when the stitchers were tasked with creating any garment from up to five scarves.

His “medieval” dress created in 90 minutes, which the judges agreed would be “a good disguise in Sherwood Forest”, earned him second place, being all the more impressive, they said, because of the lace-up back he had created with yarn unravelled from one of the scarves.

Andrew’s festive winter party dress, which he thought had an ecclesiastical vibe – “we live in a vicarage, so everything has an ecclesiastical look to it” – also gave him problems with darts at the back, which he struggled to make symmetrical.

After the bow fiasco mid-walk, Patrick also noted puckering around the dress zip but added that even though he didn’t love purple, Andrew’s creation had a regal feel to it.

“It wasn’t very good, was it?” said Andrew on hearing he was following another East Yorkshire contestant, Catherine Tosler-Waudby, in leaving the sewing room.

“I am a bit gutted, but it was my time this time,” he said. “It has been great getting to know these guys, they have got so much talent and knowledge between them.

“It is going to be a bit of a wrench to leave everyone, but I am proud of myself and it has been a really terrific experience, a chance of a lifetime.”

Patrick said: “We will miss your terrible dad jokes. I’m really sad to see Andrew leave, he has been such a joyous personality in the sewing room but today his usually impeccable sewing skills just deserted him.”

Andrew at work on his made to measure creation, a festive winter party dress in purple velvet
Andrew at work on his made to measure creation, a festive winter party dress in purple velvet

Another Humber region competitor, Rebecca, 23, a supermarket worker from Scunthorpe, goes through to the quarter final of the show next week.

The Great British Sewing Bee continues on Wednesdays at 9pm on BBC One.

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