Leeds today: the Queen, open mic, Leeds Student, performance, ballet, Gala, Bulls, milk and museum.

Today’s BGL is brought to you by journalism trainees from Leeds Trinity University College who’ll be doing Thursdays & Fridays for the next couple of weeks. Today’s writers are Paisley Gilmour & Joe Cooper.

More than 400 Farmers blockaded the Arla factory in Leeds last night, Farmers Weekly report. They were protesting about supermarket milk prices, which they say leave farmers out of pocket.

A group of youngsters will put on an exhibition at Leeds City Museum this week showcasing ancient artefacts that have never been displayed before. The 17 volunteers running the project are all under 24 and personally selected each artefact in the display.

A new agency is being set up in Leeds to tackle the city’s youth unemployment and open up a number of apprenticeships to young people. The YEP reports that in April of this year there were over 7,000 16 to 24-year-olds claiming jobseeker’s allowance.

Leeds school John Smeaton Community College has received a damning Ofsted report and been placed under ‘special measures’. The report slams the school’s teaching of basic literacy and numeracy, and not for the first time. The school has launched an appeal to Ofsted.

A little bit of sports news, and things are looking up for Bradford Bulls as a consortium of local businessmen have made a bid for the club (BBC). Bulls fans will be even happier if they win tonight’s big local derby against Leeds Rhino’s!

Leeds United boss Neil Warnock has told Talk Sport that his job as manager is safe despite the change in the club’s ownership.

South Leeds Life reports on the annual Holbeck Gala that will take place this weekend. There’ll be loads of music, entertainment and food on the day and an after-party with local bands playing a variety of music. Get down and support your community.

Do you have a few pennies to spare? Fancy owning the only submarine on the UK canal system? Well, if you’re willing to let the owner stay aboard and carry on running it as a mobile museum, then Richard Williams would like to hear from you. The Northerner has more details.

Perhaps you’d like to save those pennies and spend them on something a bit more cultural, but aren’t quite sure what. If so, you’ll be pleased to know Northern Ballet offering customers are chance to watch dress rehearsals before committing to buying tickets for performances.

The Queen was in Leeds yesterday as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. Some great pictures were taken, like this one taken by Charlotte Leeming on Briggate after the Queen unveiled a plaque at City Varieties.

If you’re a ‘contemporary performance maker’ looking for support for your next project, then Culture Vultures have information on how to apply for a £500 commission.

And on another musical note, Open Mic UK will be running their competition in Leeds this year in what is set to be the biggest event yet. They will be searching for new musicians, singers and songwriters in the region and will hold the competition at Yorkshire Dance Studios in September.

And finally, a big shout out to Leeds Universities student newspaper, the Leeds Student , for winning the specialist publication category in Wednesdays 02 Media Awards for Yorkshire and the Humber, beating off stiff competition from the Yorkshire Post and the T&A. Take it from us that local newspapers are really struggling at the moment, so it’s good to see quality local journalism is celebrated! Hold The Front Page have the full list of award winners.

That’s it for today as far as the news goes but look out for this afternoon’s Friday Comment from someone who has seen some serious changes in the 25 years she’s lived in the city.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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3 Responses to Leeds today: the Queen, open mic, Leeds Student, performance, ballet, Gala, Bulls, milk and museum.

  1. Oh god. Open Mic are just as mad for the music industry as the Live and Unsigned competition you were talking about the other day. Schemes like this should NOT be welcome in Leeds!

  2. Open Mic UK were wound up under a voluntary creditors liquidation procedure in June 2012. The Open Mic UK competition is now being run as part of Future Music Limited, owned by Chris Grayston who also runs the Live and Unsigned competition. My advice to any singer or musician who wants to make progress with their music is to look to places like Leeds Music Hub, Cloth Cat Open mike nights, Leeds Music Forum, BBC Introducing (and Alan Raw), doc (Paul Holiday) and his “mynites” and “docstock”. There are plenty more local names and venues who have an established reputation for honest dealing and musical integrity. Leeds has a brilliant reputation for home grown musical breakthroughs over many years.

  3. Looks like an apostrophe has escaped from the word “Wednesday’s” and found its way into the word “Rhinos” further up the page.

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