In this week’s Pontefract and Castleford Express

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This week we lead on an inquest into the deaths of two ‘lovable’ friends who died in a horrific high-speed car crash after celebrating one of their birthdays.

Also in news:

- A singing Reverend will belt out all 596 hymns in his church songbook in just two weeks, as part of an unusual musical fundraising event to help repair St Edward’s Church in Brotherton.

- Social care budgets could struggle to cover the costs of caring for rising numbers of elderly people with dementia.

- Castleford Tigers star Lee Jewitt and his wife Rebecca have thanked rugby fans for their support after their premature twin boys spent their first night at home.

- After feeding more than 2,000 families in less than two years, Knottingley food bank will be able to help hundreds more thanks to a donation from a contractor at Ferrybridge Power Station.

In sport:

- After denying Leeds Rhinos their title party last week Daryl Powell is backing his Castleford Tigers to throw another spanner in the works when they go to Wigan tomorrow night – but they will have to do it without two key first teamers.

- Featherstone Rovers boss Jon Sharp believes the momentum picked up by his side will be a big factor in what he expects to be a tough semi-final against Workington Town on Sunday.

- Featherstone Lions under 12s triumphed 34-16 in a well contested Castleford & District Cup final against Kippax Knights under 12s.

- Featherstone Colliery came up with their first away points of the season in West Yorkshire Division One thanks to goalkeeper Jamie Dyas.