Leeds today: does philanthropy exist in Leeds? More market woe, “perfect” Tetley’s, Sir Jimmy auction and praise for the Brudenell

Good day to you all on this, quite frankly, grey and miserable Leeds morning. It’s Tom Goodhand here, doing my first ever Beyond Guardian Leeds post. Be gentle. So what’s happening in Leeds this morning, other than lashings of rain?

Over on the Guardian Northerner Blog, Mark O’Brien’s telling us that a group of Leeds University students will be holed up in Leeds City Museum all today (good job they’re undercover), showing their research project entitled – “Does philanthropy still exist in Leeds?” They’ll be there until 5pm as part of the university’s scheme to encourage students to show more of their work off campus and in the community. We hope they find philanthropy to be alive and well in the city…

The future of Leeds Kirkgate Market remains as uncertain as ever. The Yorkshire Evening Post are reporting that traders feel they’re ‘in limbo’ after being told that any decisions on rent reductions for the stalls are on hold until after the May local council elections.

As we reported on Tuesday via reader Terry Wragg, demolition is continuing at the old Tetley Brewery. However, it seems that the old Leeds beer may not be completely lost. Local beer expert Barrie Pepper has told the YEP that the new brewery site for the historic beer – down in Wolverhampton’s Marston’s Brewery – is still producing “perfect” Tetley’s. “They have done a magnificent job,” Pepper told the paper. “They’ve set up a Tetley’s fermenting room and have tried to replicate the Tetley brewing process as far as possible using exactly the same recipe.”

In more ‘old things coming good’ news, the Yorkshire Post have had a peek at the old Majestic building by the train station – most recently the Majestyk nightclub – and report that developers Rushbond have nearly finished the external work on the building and will be returning it to its former ‘splendour’.

Fans of Leeds’ late, great Sir Jimmy Savile may want to keep their diaries free this June, with news in the Yorkshire Post that the local legend’s jewellery, tracksuits and even cars will be auction at Savile Hall in Clarence Dock this summer to raise funds for Sir Jimmy’s charitable trust.

Around the local blogs, Exploring Leeds have been looking at the amazing Oakwood Clock and the story behind it, Paisley Gilmour sings the praises of the Brudenell Social Club for My Life in Leeds and The Culture Vulture tells us about an event at the Rosebowl on the evening of 30th April to Have Your Say on the Leeds Mayoral Debate.

And that’s your Leeds for today. Here’s hoping for an upturn in the weather tomorrow…

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