Leeds today: diving, sky writing, Yorkshire Telly & beer.

Today in Leeds: beer, moorland restoration, Life of Pi, and fast & slow charity hiking.

The BBC has written about a team of army bomb disposal experts who are running the Pennine Way – all 268 miles of it – in under 100 hours to raise funds for injured soldiers. The relay team, who set off this morning, have seen active service and have friends under the care of BLESMA and St. Dunstan’s, charities that take care of servicemen and women who have need of specialist treatment.

Also on the Beeb is a report on Yorkshire Water’s moorland restoration programme around Snailsdon. Yorkshire MEP Linda McAvan said:

“By helping to restore peatlands, an increasingly rare habitat that is under threat in other parts of the UK is being protected. Protecting peat bogs, which act as a carbon store, is also an important part of our strategy to combat climate change.”

A pair of twins is taking over the family-owned Rooster’s brewery in Knaresborough, reports the Yorkshire Post, including one twin who cut his teeth at Beer Ritz, the renowned beer shop in Headingley. Expect a new selection of local beers turning up including Baby Faced Assassin, an IPA -like that I’m looking forwards to sampling at some point (I love IPAs). Also, the Post has released the shortlist for the first ever Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub competition, organised by Welcome to Yorkshire, the Post and the BBC. Leeds is represented by the Adelphi, an interesting choice.

The Wharfdale Observer has the story of Barry Gray, a 69 year-old who is walking the whole length of the Leeds-Liverpool canal for charity. The paper also reports on fears of gridlock on the A59 as roadworks get underway, especially on Saturday when the Otley carnival is on.

On the summer solstice (Tuesday 21st) an internationally recognised artist will be writing across the skies of Leeds. The project, in conjunction with Leeds Art Gallery and Writing Encounters, is encouraging people to take part:

We are inviting everyone with access to a video camera or video enabled phone to get involved by filming Ghost Cargo as it passes overhead, and to upload their footage to this Event page (if you can add a comment under your video submission, with details of where you filmed from – an address or postcode – that would be great!)

I’ll post a reminder of this one next Tuesday morning; I’ll be keen to take part!

Book Elf writes about Life of Pi, after many copies were donated at the LS6 Beer Festival. In My Life In Leeds guest writer Danny Pugsley talks about the best places for students to live although it’s the traditional areas, not really anywhere different.

The arts organisation that will film artist for free, Yorkshire Telly, is running their first ever live broadcast tonight at 9pm. For more information have a look at the #ytlive hashtag on Twitter or give the @YorkshireTelly twitter people a nudge.

It’s been a busy weekend at Culture Vultures; in addition to other articles there’s a review of The Gentlemen of Bradford at the Impressions Gallery,a nostalgic trip around Leeds as a home tourist, Tamsin Constable’s 9 year old has a video of an interview with Rebecca Chesney and there’s a chance to win two tickets for Saturday’s The Breakfast Sculture at the YSP.

Bearing in mind that everywhere was reporting that high diver Tom Daley had pulled out of the national diving championships this weekend, I think it’s not too shabby that he managed second place at the John Charles Sports Centre, here in Leeds on Sunday.

That’s it for today! If you write up any events from the weekend (like the Beeston Festival or Open Farm Sunday at Swillington) and would like us to link to your blogs – or if you don’t have a blog would like us to publish your experiences – then please let us know!

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One Response to Leeds today: diving, sky writing, Yorkshire Telly & beer.

  1. Darren says:

    Thanks for the mention again Mike. Yes, the usual places were mentioned. It wasn’t a guide aimed at locals, but people who are looking to move to the area in the coming months as the new term starts in September. Loving reading your posts, keep it up!! 🙂

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