Leeds today: horse, Tetleys, bikes, milk, NAP, Beverley, Armley and Slung Low.

Hello readers! I’m Kathleen and this is my first post ever for the lovely Beyond Gdn Leeds! Very happy to be here. So on with the news for today:

It was concluded at yesterday’s discussion into the children’s heart surgery that the decision would be referred to the Secretary of State for Health after Sir Neil McKay, who led the inquiry, told the watchdog that the inquiry’s conclusion was correct. Read more over on the Beeb.

According to West Yorkshire police the row over milk prices ended “peacefully” in the early hours of this morning, the Beeb reports. BBC York & N. Yorks however were told by a dairy farmer that around 500 protestors blockaded the factory and were threatened with arrest. The angry farmers stood outside Arla Foods milk processing plant at Stourton protesting against the cuts of up to 2p a litre in the amount they receive from major milk processors.

The long list for the Northern Art Prize was announced yesterday and there are lots of new names making the cut this year! According to Pippa Hale, Founder and Director of the Northern Art Prize the list shows a “real diversity of media, career trajectories and of course ages” with entrants ranging from 20s to 70s.

Leeds theatre company Slung Low are putting on a bus service so that their supporters can see their performance in Pickering (which is free!) on the 28th. It will be leaving from the West Yorkshire Playhouse at 6.00pm

Actor Matthew Lewis was awarded an honorary degree from Leeds Met yesterday. Born and raised in the city, the actor, who plays Neville Longbottom received the honour for his contribution to the arts and his charity work. Life after Hogwarts ey.

West Yorkshire firefighters saved a horse from a well in Knottingley yesterday. This video shows firefighters struggling to free the horse, which somehow became trapped in a disused well for five days.

President of France, Francois Hollande, is backing plans for part of the Tour de France 2016 to pass through Yorkshire! Fingers crossed for Bradley Wiggins storming through Leeds!

More sport and Leeds brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee are going head-to-head at the Olympics. The brothers, who live together and train together and even went to the University of Leeds together, will both be competing for the gold spot in the triathlon.

Plans to turn the Tetley’s Brewery into a new art space have gone ahead. South Leeds Life posted this video of the demolition of the brewery in Hunslet. It’s a sad sight.

Now exciting Leeds music scene news. Local faves Post War Glamour Girls have won the yearly Futuresound Competition to play on the Radio 1 NME stage at Leeds & Reading and caused Melvin Benn to tip them as his next big thing. As well as this, their tune “The Trawler Man’s Code” was played on legendary show Radcliffe & Maconie on BBC Radio6 last night. Check them out! (Ed’s note: also, check in on Friday to see Leeds music fan Sean Murricane’s take on “music competitions”)

Small independent retailers in Beverley are getting together after concerns that people are not looking beyond the big-name chains to find the “best kept secrets” of the creative town. These retailers have started their own website which shows the “hidden gems” of Beverley.

If you’re looking for something to do today, it’s Armley Fun Day from lunchtime on Armley Moor! There will be around 45 stalls, entertainment for kids and food and drinks (hurrah!)

Finally, BGL writer Elly Snare is exhibiting her wares at the Melbourne St Studios Summer Street Party on Saturday. Like art? Worth going.

Thanks for reading!

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