Leeds today: events, statues, trains, horses and campaigns.

Good morning starshines! Hope you’re all enjoying your four day week and prepped for the weekend (only a sleep away people). It’s Elly here for your daily news round up, with some fab events in Leeds coming up in the next few weeks.

First of all, BGL contributor and all-round mega star Kirsty aka @gazpachodragon is one of many fantastic people who are taking part in World Book Night on 23rd April. From 7pm you’ll find her and others giving away books, talking about books, booky book books, in the White Swan. Why not pop along and get your mitts on some luvverly literature?

We’ve had an email from some History students at the University of Leeds – you might remember we were on a discussion panel to help them with their research projects a while back. One group has been researching the history of the Jewish community in Leeds and will be holding an exhibition on Tuesday 17th April at the Zone Youth Group (2, Sand Hill Lane, Moortown, Leeds, LS17 6AQ) to display their findings. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a discussion involving prominent members of the Leeds Jewish Community.

And if you fancy something a little louder and sonically stimulating, Left Bank Leeds is holding a Bang the Bore concert with three world-renowned improvisers – have a look on their website for more information.

A statue commemorating the protests of the Luddites in Yorkshire will be unveiled at newly developed Sparrow Park near Liversedge, reports the BBC.

South Leeds Life has a wonderful picture of spring and renewal that’s perfect for this time of year!

The debate about the proposed high speed railway linking London to Birmingham and the North rumbles on, as new data suggests the scheme will barely break even (over on the Guardian Northerner).

Also on the Northerner - could this weekend be the Grand National race that finally sees a Yorkshire-trained horse gallop to the finish line? We haven’t trained a winner in 50 years…

Over on the Yorkshire Evening Post, protestors who are campaigning against wind turbines being placed on historically-important moors in Bradford have lost the first stage of their battle but are determined to fight on.

You might have also seen the news, too, that the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post head editor positions are reported to be merging – another blow for local news?

That’s it for today. Have a great day and enjoy yourselves, it’s later than you think. Ciao darlings!

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