Leeds today: water, walking tour, websites, charity, councillors and beer.

Good morning, lovely people of Leeds. It’s Sophie here with today’s top stories. I won’t venture to speculate on Leeds’ weather as i’m currently out of the country. However, i’d like to imagine it’s something along the usual lines of blistering heat and suntans all round.

Before I dive in, if you want a straightforward guide to the issues raised by Leeds’ current hot topic (the Mayor referendum in case you’ve been living under a rock) then please do have a read of Alison Neale’s highly informative guest blog for BGL below.

For a rather more subjective article on the same issue see the Guardian’s Northerner Blog to find out where ex-Leeds City Councillor, Michael Meadowcroft stands in the debate.

Also on the Guardian’s Northerner Blog is an intriguing insight into ethnic minority voting patterns following the shock-result of the Bradford West by-election.

The East Anglian water that will be sold and sent to the drought-stricken South will not affect Yorkshire water supplies, according to suppliers. For the time being at least, Yorkshire will remain characteristically wet as suits it best. Full story on the BBC.

A walking tour based on the life of the legendary Sir Jimmy Savile has been launched in Leeds. The route includes his Woodhouse childhood home, the former site of the Mecca Locarno where he learnt to DJ as well as St Anne’s Cathedral where his funeral was held. Fancy it? The BBC have more info.

Two new websites have been launched that will be of interest and hopefully of use to Ireland Wood’s residents. The area’s children’s centre and surgery are both now online and can be reached via Holt Park Community News.

Coming up on the last weekend of April is the North Leeds Charity Beer Festival. St Aiden’s community church hall in Harehills will host the festivites, entry is just £2 and there will be lashings of the region’s local ales to sample. Plus it’s all for a good cause – lovely jubbly!

Charity seems to be the name of the game today. The YEP reports the story of 13-year old Sheffield teenager, Jo Orpwood, who has battled three brain tumours and will be running 5km to raise funds for the Sheffield-based charity that supported him through his 13 operations. The YEP also reports of 24-year old Scott Taylor who will be running the Sheffield half marathon to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. It’s a cause which is very personal to Scott as he is a carrier of the heart disease gene that sadly claimed the lives of his father and aunt. We wish them both the very best of luck on race day!

That’s all from me today – see you next week!

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