Leeds today: tributes, mayors, southleedslife.com, homeless, Marco Pierre White

Good morning Leeds, a sunny Friday March morning here; we’ll see how long that lasts…

Tributes have been paid to the four West Yorkshire soldiers killed in Afghanistan. Pte Jake Hartley, Pte Anthony Frampton, Pte Daniel Wilford (all from Huddersfield) and Pte Christopher Kershaw (from Bradford) were among six soldiers who died on Tuesday.

The Government’s Cities Minister Greg Clark says he is “not surprised” by the results of a poll which suggests most people in Yorkshire cities are ill-informed about the upcoming referendum over elected mayors. On May 3rd people in cities including Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield will have their say over whether they want a directly elected mayor. However the poll showed that of the 2,500 respondents, over 60% admitted they didn’t even know about the vote.

Warm wishes to South Leeds Life on its relocation! The website is now at www.southleedslife.com – easy to remember, bookmark it now! Domain-warming party, John…?

South Leeds Life also showcases a striking new video from Leeds-based homeless charity Simon on the Streets.

Meanwhile if you’ve found yourself walking up Briggate this week, then the presence of a huge great truck and the TV cameras probably won’t have escaped your attention (unless it was before you had your morning coffee fix of course). Marco Pierre White has been in town filming a new Channel 5 programme ‘Kitchen Wars’ – and Katie of Leeds Grub catches up with him here.

And with that, have a great weekend. You deserve it.

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