Leeds today: Christmas! Miners! Ducks! Carols! Exclamations!

Morning news fans! It’s Tuesday so it’s Elly Snare here bringing you some lovely festive news treats. This will be my last post of 2011 and I’ve got to say – it’s been emotional. This is also the penultimate post of Beyond Guardian Leeds for this year! I’m sure we should do some sort of ‘best of the year thing’ but I haven’t prepared anything so let’s just say good on you Mike for starting up this bad boy, thanks to John for being such as inspiration, to Kirsty and Mark for their regular roundups and to everyone who’s contributed this year across Yorkshire. Yeah!

BREAKING EVENTS NEWS

TODAY Occupy Leeds are having alternative Christmas carols in the City Square from 1.30pm so go along and feel festive and supportive! Also apparently Phil Jupitus will be there…?

TONIGHT it’s only bloody Christmas Bettakultcha! I think the tickets have nearly sold out and trust me, you are in for a right cracker (badum) this time around.

WEDNESDAY 21st and THURSDAY 22nd is the traditional Christmas Fayre in Horsforth in association with Healthy Living Network Leeds where you can take part in some traditional crafts, carols and gingerbread.

Leeds Forum has information on a mums and babies’ knitting group (I’m assuming the babies don’t knit. The mums do. But you never know) that runs every Wednesday at the Heart Cafe in Headingley. Cute!

Also, if you went to the Friday Picnic hosted by the effervescent as always Culture Vulture on Friday, there’s some super pictures from Ed Waring right here.

BREAKING GENERAL NEWS

The Sheffield former headquarters of the National Union of Mineworkers is to be turned into a 24 hour casino with two restaurants and rooftop bar (reported on the Guardian Northerner). I have no comment on this because it’s one of those stories to which you just go ‘Whu?’.

An inquest into the deaths of a young family, the wife and children of which were found with stab wounds while the husband appears to have died from smoke inhalation, will begin on Thursday at Leeds Coroner’s Court.

South Leeds Life has reported that a 31 year old man has been charged with murder following the death of Dean Clarke, 32, in Beeston on Saturday.

Leeds Daily Photo has put up some lovely images recently of festive-related items, including the Church of St Bartholomew in Armley. I think this is one of my favourite sites that we report about and we all really ought to explore it a little more. So go on!

BREAKING DUCK NEWS

New Year’s Day sees Knaresborough hosting 5,000 plastic toy ducks on the River Nidd for its annual duck race, raising money for Henshaws Society for Blind People. Alternative New Year’s Day plans could be throwing yourself into the freezing natural spring on Ilkley Moor, which a friend of mine did a couple of years back. I didn’t join them but instead huddled in the corner smelling like a barmaid’s apron and dressed like a Ziggy Stardust tribute. Weird day. Another plan could be just trying not to claw your hungover brain from out of your head.

Ok that’s it for today! Don’t forget you can still enter our BGL photo competition (results announced tomorrow) and make sure you have a whole ton o fun over the festive period.

Merry Christmas and a beautiful New Year darlings! Ciao!

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