In today’s Pontefract and Castleford Express

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In today’s Pontefract and Castleford Express we lead on a protest by parents against the possible closure of children’s centres after plans emerged for a radical shake-up of the service.

Also in news:

- Caring five-year-old Kacie-Mae Mann will be going the extra mile for her friend when she tackles a 10k run this weekend.

- Campaigners showed the public’s strength of feeling against Wakefield Council’s plans to close local leisure facilities when they staged a protest outside Pontefract Pool last week.

- Families had to be evacuated from their homes after an explosion at a Featherstone shop.

In Sport:

- Castleford Tigers will be on a revenge mission when they host Huddersfield Giants in Friday night’s Super League clash.

- All the latest news from Featherstone Rovers who will aim to bounce back from a surprise defeat at Rochdale when they visit Swinton on Sunday.

- Photographs and a full report from Pontefract’s rain-lashed race meeting on Tuesday.

- A full preview and the draw for Castleford and District Crown Green Bowling Association’s annual festival which will be held at Ponntefract Bowling Club this weekend.

- Two pages of news from the local cricket scene and two pages of junior rugby league reports, plus a round up of soccer and amateur rugby league news.