Weekly News Rundown Stories – Sunday 25th June 2023

Weekly News Rundown Stories – Sunday 25th June 2023

Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.

Serious News

On Wednesday, we welcomed the Summer Solstice.

One of the UK’s hotspots to see the yearly event was of course Stonehenge, which saw approximately 10,000 people at the historic site.

Druids and pagans joined the visitors to mark the longest day of the year within the Northern Hemisphere, as the sun rises behind the entrance to the circle and light rays are centred into the middle of the monument.

Friends Janet Burns and Gill Richardson wore sunflowers foe the occasion, as people travelled to Wiltshire from all over the world.

Crazy News

A Christmas Tree is still up in the town of Beverley in East Yorkshire, but not to feel festive all year round.

Since going up last year, a wood pigeon has decided to move in, which means that due to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, the council cannot remove it. However, lights are still on the tree, as they are afraid of disturbing the pigeon.

Already lost its colour and brown now, the tree was supposed to be removed in January, but this cannot happen until the pigeon decides to move of its own free will.

Councillor Denis Healy says: “Quite a few people were wondering why there was a tree still there and why it had been left. We had to put notices on to tell people. As a green council, we care about biodiversity, nature, and green issues, we wouldn’t want to remove the bird. But even if we did, it would be illegal”.

Experts reckon that the pigeon will move on in July once breeding season ends.

Happy News

To celebrate Father’s Day last week, an American Poll has compiled the best ‘Dad Jokes’.

The most popular within the 2,000 people asked was the following dark-humoured: “This graveyard looks crowded—people must be dying to get in”.

Papa Johns commissioned the survey as ‘Papa Jokes’ on Twitter, as a spokesperson for the company says: “Dad jokes are a proud tradition. If it’s a groan-inducing pun or punchline that only the teller finds hilarious, rest assured, no matter who tells it—it’s a dad joke”.

Six out of ten people admitted to being amused by dad jokes, while 67% say that they are cringeworthy at the same time.