Leeds today: voles, Bragg, strikes, gold, and pubs.

Morning! @ebsnare here with your roundup of Leeds (and Yorkshire) news.

A father who was performing a stand up comedy act to raise money for Children in Need fell foul of tragedy when, after his performance, he was struck down with a suspected heart attack. Despite attempts to revive him, he later died in hospital, reports the Yorkshire Post.

A North Leeds primary school has become an excellent example of the integration of children with different physical and mental abilities into the same lessons and curriculum: an on-site physiotherapy room, nurses and speech and language rooms ensure that those children with physical difficulties are still able to join in with all of the other lessons (reported on the Yorkshire Post).

A former dredging site in Rodley is being spruced up through the help of green-fingered volunteers from across Leeds, as new trees are planted as part of the Rooting for Rodley campaign – reported on the YEP.

You may have seen the bunch of tents that have sprouted up in Leeds City Square as part of the Occupy Leeds movement, and you may have even seen Billy Bragg (!) playing and talking to the crowd last Friday. The folk/protest singer urged people to support the Occupy Leeds movement and probably also played a selection of hit melodies too (playlist unconfirmed) – read more on the Guardian Northerner blog.

For those of you interested in local history and automobiles, the West Yorkshire Archive Service has a huge collection of interesting artefacts on the Jowett Car Club, established in Bradford in 1901 with two brothers who began by building engines. More on their website!

A 38 year old woman is currently on a life-support machine in Airedale General Hospital after suffering what is believed to be a reaction to the chemicals in her home hair-dye kit.

Teachers at Prince Henry’s are preparing to undertake a fourth day of strike action against proposed plans to turn their school into an academy, reports BBC News.

The Guardian Northerner blog reports on a renewed fundraising effort to save some more Yorkshire Gold (which kind of sounds like a type of milk) for our museums.

The water vole population of farming land in Goole appears to be rising after protective measures were taken to aid the tiny beasts. Hooray for voles!

Finally, I’m going to pimp this til more people come along: our Old Man Pub Crawl is this Friday where we will be traipsing round Leeds centre in search of the old man pubs of Leeds. It’s free to attend – you just need stamina!

Ciao for now kids – don’t forget to tweet, email or chat to us about your local news in and around Leeds. Have a great Tuesday and I hope it involves biscuits.

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One Response to Leeds today: voles, Bragg, strikes, gold, and pubs.

  1. Alleyne Oman says:

    I’m a Leeds resident, currently in my home of Toronto, Canada dealing with a family matter. These daily emails have been a great way to keep up to date as to what’s happening back in West Yorkshire.
    Thank you!!

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