Leeds today: heart unit, landslip, knitting, Footprint, high spirits, Tramlines and football policing.

Good morning readers! It’s Elly here this Tuesday, or might I call it ‘Newsday’ (fnar fnar).

Following on from yesterday’s protests about the closure of the children’s heart unit in Leeds, the BBC reports that the regional health watchdog is to discuss this decision today. According to the BBC, thousands of individuals took part in the march, and being in town yesterday I did see a lot of people on Briggate with whistles and placards. The Yorkshire Evening Post also has a video of the event: watch it here. The Guardian Northerner blog also has a fantastic write up of the march.

In a counter argument, is there evidence to suggest that closing this heart unit and concentrating specialist services in one place could be beneficial for patients? (eds note: I think this is at least partially a pretty poor argument; one very particular type of surgery does not equal a whole heart unit. ~m.)

More video now, with South Leeds Life, who have the fifth part of the Middleton Life local history project. The interviews with the people of Middleton look at their memories of the area, and in part five this concentrates on industry and transport.

Now onto music: the Guardian Northerner reports on Tramlines, Sheffield’s home-grown music festival, that has managed to keep it free for four consecutive years. The article has some great photographs from the event, as well as opening my eyes to the band the Everley Pregnant Brothers, who deserve a special mention because their name is awesome. Doesn’t seem fair that Sheff gets Tramlines and Leeds gets… Party in the Park. Hm.

The popular High Spirits Choir is happening tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6.15 until 7.30 at Mojos: have a look at the Facebook group for more info. There’s also another Chronicles of Yarnia event tonight at Dock Street Market – knitters get you and your needles down there!

There’s also some art going down in Leeds (isn’t there always?) this November, with radical printing collective Footprint organising another sure-to-be-awesome zine fair at Wharf Chambers. Check out more information on the East Street Arts site.

In train news, a landslip (slide?) near Guiseley is causing disruption for services running between Leeds and Ilkley via Shipley – check out the National Rail site for more information (thanks to @Smylers2 for the headsup).

And in sports news, this just in: Leeds United have won their case against West Yorkshire Police over who should shell out for policing the wider area around Elland Road on match days: more on the BBC.

A quick plug for those nice guys at Arts and Minds network, who are having an exhibition at the Voodoo Lounge in Headingley on Monday 30th. We don’t have a weblink but we DO have a poster!

That’s it for today folks: enjoy the sunshine and don’t forget to let us know your thoughts on today’s stories here, on our Facebook page, or over on Twitter @BeyondGdnLeeds.

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One Response to Leeds today: heart unit, landslip, knitting, Footprint, high spirits, Tramlines and football policing.

  1. Sure, Leeds gets Party in the Park, but it also gets Live at Leeds…? Although you do have to pay for that one…

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