Leeds today: Johnston, funding, hostels, libraries and pubs.

Good morning news fans, Elly here with a whole helluva lot of interesting stuff so I will rattle through it and leave you to investigate the rest.

The biggest news from yesterday for the local area is the announcement that Johnston Press will cease printing the Yorkshire Post in Leeds, moving the processes to Sheffield and Sunderland. With a potential 25 job losses as well as marking the end of an era for the city and the newspaper, this is a blow for the manufacture of local newspapers. Pritt stick, scissors and the photocopier, anyone?

Culture Vultures has a preview of the anti-fascist film festival taking place in Leeds this weekend: expect to see film by Ken Loach and also the beautiful Pan’s Labyrinth.

Also on the subject of film, the Guardian Northerner has a run down of Creative England film grants awarded to bodies in the North, including Bradford International Film Festival.

Big news for Leeds United fans yesterday as the manager of three years, Simon Grayson, has been sacked – reported on the BBC.

Also on the BBC, a report on the closure of Ladybeck Hostel in Holbeck, after research found that it was no longer fit for purpose with the council adding that hostels were ‘no longer a popular option among the homeless’. Right.

Finally from the BBC, they report on work started near Bradford to build a power plant that converts human waste into electricity, helping to cut Yorkshire Water’s annual energy bill by about a third.

This Saturday, make sure you take the time to visit your local library for National Libraries Day – get more information and ideas over on Leeds Book Club.

Other cool stuff you could do this weekend include the My Life in Leeds walk around the best historic pubs in Leeds, including Whitelocks (which is awesome).

Right, that’s it from me: have a wonderful Thursday and hope you have some great sandwiches today, because I think if there’s one thing that’ll cheer anyone up it’s a good sandwich. Ciao!

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