It’s a sporting life in the West Riding this weekend, with the return of the Olympic torch to the city of Leeds on Sunday, not to mention the small matter of a low-key quarter-final football match 1,600 miles away in Kiev, Ukraine.
The torch teasingly skirted the edges of Leeds earlier in the week, passing through Wetherby, Boston Spa and Harewood on Tuesday. On Sunday however it will be making its way via Kirkstall to Headingley Stadium, before veering eastwards to light the Olympic cauldron at Temple Newsam Park. The council website has more information for anyone who wants to see the spectacle. If however the idea of a handful of people ambling along a street carrying a torch (realising after the first few yards that walking a full mile with an increasingly forced grin is a marathon feat in itself) doesn’t quite make you want to sign up for Team GB 2016, then take a look at the road closures and diversions just to be sure you don’t get caught up.
South Leeds Life are most certainly in the mood. The torch arrives in Beeston and Hunslet early on Monday morning: they’re asking locals to help cover the relay with photographs of the event to create a snapshot of the day.
Before then, there is plenty more going off in town. This evening sees the premiere at the Hyde Park Picture House of Tina Gharavi’s debut feature film on the plight of Iranian refugees. ‘I Am Nasrine’ follows the story of a 16-year old girl detained by police in Tehran for riding a motorcycle with her boyfriend, before her anxious father sends her to the UK for a better life. Sanaz Raji from Leeds University previews the film on The Culture Vulture.
Leeds band Hope and Social will be busking their way from the city up to Grassington Festival tomorrow, taking part in Grassington Festival’s Public Transport Day.
Just as the much-vaunted film ‘We Are Poets’ is launching nationwide, their subjects the Chapeltown-based Leeds Young Authors are performing this evening at Yorkshire Dance. Joined by Ian McMillan, they are aiming to raise £1,000 to send one more team member to the global poetry slam Brave New Voices this summer.
And finally The Middleton Railway celebrates 200 Years of Steam with its Steam Gala Weekend throughout Saturday and Sunday, with steam locomotives in action along with visiting locomotives working passenger and freight trains along the length of the railway, and great attractions and displays.
And so with that, have a good weekend. Come on England. We are Leeds. Take care!