Aug 30th

It’s been a hectic bank holiday weekend in Leeds, with loads of news, so we’ve tried to ferret out a few stories that would have been missed amongst the headlines this morning.

Yesterday saw the annual Leeds West Indian Carnival, where thousands gathered to watch the three hour parade and spend the day celebrating in Chapeltown. As it’s a bit early for the revellers to have uploaded their pictures and blogs after partying the night away, I’ll repost Friday’s link to the Leeds Carnival website which has a comprehensive gallery of previous years.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has an exclusive on the upcoming Executive Board decision by Leeds City Council over closure of carehomes in the area. Six residential homes and four day centres have been earmarked for closure across the city in stages concurrent with opening private sector units, while proposed changes to upgrade current homes to specialist units will be implemented. The decision to be made next week follows a six month consultation period and a lot of public campaigning for the carehomes to stay open.

The YEP also reports on a diehard Leeds fan who famously refuses to use the colour red in his job as a decorator, and who has offered to paint the city white. Gary Edwards, from Kippax, so hates the colour worn by Leeds United rivals Manchester United he has offered to pick up his paintbrush for anything in the city that’s red and repaint it in white at no cost, to promote the start of a nationwide theatre tour for a play about his exploits following United. Based on his book of the same name, Paint It White begins its 15-date tour at Castleford’s Phoenix Theatre on October 13, then shows at the Courtyard Theatre at Leeds’s West Yorkshire Playhouse on October 25 and 26.

Pupils across Leeds have put their best foot forward, as Leeds has come out with one of the highest walking to school figures for the year. The annual school census results have placed Leeds second in having the biggest increase in walking to school. Between 2007 and 2011 walking to school in Leeds rose by 4.5%, meaning almost 4000 more children are getting to school on foot every day.

Marks and Spencer are compiling a company archive with the University of Leeds, and are looking for stories and memories of shopping or working in the famous store, started on Leeds Kirkgate Market in 1884. If you have a enduring memory of Marks and Sparks of yesteryear you’d like to share you can submit your story at their website.

And finally, Yorkshire Roots, the family history section of the Yorkshire Archeaological Society, are offering a free drop in session tomorrow at the Society’s Headquarters on Clarendon Road. Visit their website for more information.

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