Good morning all, and hooray – it’s Friday! Elly here to ease you gently into the weekend.
First of all, on Remembrance Day, BGL remembers all those who fought and died for their fellow citizens, whatever their nationality. Just a personal note: my great-uncle Ivor died in the First World War when he was very young. We inherited his ancient clarinet and a very old camera which are both still in tip-top condition. This project spotted in the Metro this morning aims to digitalise and track some of the soldiers from WWI through photos: so if you have any information, do get in touch with them. For information about the Leeds commemorative service, have a look at the LCC website. Exploring Leeds also has a great post on a particular hero of WWII who is commemorated around Leeds, called Arthur Aaron.
A Conservative MP from Yorkshire has spoken out about being a victim of a homophobic attack, and praised the West Yorkshire Police’s efforts to crack down on these crimes (reported on YEP).
On South Leeds Life, the Friends of Middleton Park group have reported on movements regarding the proposed revamp of the park, which seem to have taken a fair time to come into play.
Teachers at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley will be taking six days of strike action in November to protest against proposed plans to turn the school into an academy, reports the BBC.
A charity in Leeds that aids teenage mothers has been granted over £27,000 by Children in Need. Getaway Girls has been running for over 20 years and teaches young mums valuable parenting skills while the little ones can get on and play!
Tomorrow, cricket commentator Henry Blofeld will be bringing his bubbly and boisterous chat to an event at Seven Arts – find out more information here.
A gig is being held to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Luddites here in Leeds, featuring some great local names and two of the lads from Chumbawumba. Amaze.
As Mark mentioned yesterday, Mike and I went along to a networking event for some BA History students at Leeds University as part of their Research and Collaboration module. There’s two fantastic projects the students have come up with, loosely focused on (at the moment) corporate provision of leisure through the Industrial Revolution and to the present day, and investigating and celebrating the Jewish community of Leeds through time. We’ll be writing more about their projects as they unfold and also finding out if YOU, BGL readers, might be able to help!
That’s all for today folks. I’m off to the DADIs tonight because I’m reet lah-di-dah; have a wonderful weekend and Mike will be back with you on Monday. Ciao!