Leeds Today: Horsforth, Heritage, History, hospitals, health, Hiroshima and harmonicas.

Hello hello, Kathleen here bringing you your daily dose of news from around Leeds (surely the best kind of news!)

Ok, sports first (let’s just go along with it!). About 500 people turned out at Millennium Square to support and celebrate the success of Leeds’ Brownlee brothers at the Olympics yesterday. I’m sure you are all aware that the Leeds University boys won a gold and bronze in the triathlon yesterday and it’s nice to see that they had lots of local support.

(Ed’s note: The Royal Mail have been quick off the blocks, getting a postbox in Horsforth painted gold already! BBC Radio Leeds’ own Johnny I’anson took a snap this morning for Twitter.)

There are buildings which become the backdrop to living in Leeds: Kirkgate Market, the University of Leeds’ Brotherton Library, Tetley’s Headquarters building, to name a few. Places that you see from the outside but never get into the old, off-limits parts. Well the Yorkshire Evening Post reported yesterday that some of Leeds’s most important and iconic buildings will be opened up to the public, for free-to-enter tours, walks and exhibits, from September 6 to 9. Also being opened are Yeadon Town Hall and Gotts Park Mansion, in Armley.

Leeds Festival attendees who have bought weekend tickets will be up for a free beer and breakfast bap, on ALL THREE DAYS!! Melvin Benn told NME that he “wanted to give something back to the students and people not working and money being tight”. That’s nice Benn, but of course money is tight after festival goers have paid 200 odd quid for a ticket?

If local history is your thing then this one is for you. A book celebrating more than two centuries of history at a Horsforth church has gone on sale for a mere £5! The book charts John Wesley’s early visits, the building of the first chapel in New Street and the fire of 1933.

Leeds Children’s Hospital has been named one of four national centres for children with a rare respiratory condition, Primary Ciliary Dykinesia. In collaboration, with Bradford Hospitals Foundation Trust, Leeds Children’s Hospital will become the centre to provide a service for sufferers in the north of England.

Also in health news, the Yorkshire Evening Post yesterday launched the Best of Health awards which will honour people working in the health field in Leeds and Wakefield who go beyond the call of duty to be publicly recognised for the work that they do, the superstars of the Leeds health field if you like. If you think you know somebody who deserves this title, here’s the chance for you to vote for them.

Tomorrow there will be a memorial service held at Park Square to remember the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The service will be a quiet and respectful event and is the chance to pay respects to those killed in 1945. A wreath of white flowers will be laid and a colourful array of paper cranes folded by many volunteers will be on show. Children are welcome and the service will begin at 10:40am.

The non-profit, grassroots BasementArtsProject is hosting exhibitions by Garry Barker, Benjamin Hughes and Alistair Woods. The exhibition – held in a cellar at a Beeston terrace house – has as its central premise “The Poetics of Space” by Gaston Bachelard and will focus on ideas of space and memories.

Lastly, many musicians across Leeds will have bought instruments from Scheerers Music, and it’s not surprising when you consider the fact the family run shop has been in business for 142 years, making it one of the oldest music retailers in the north of England. Set up in 1870 as John Scheerer and Sons, it is now run by Simon Reynolds, John’s great-grandson. The shop, which has been in the Merrion Centre since 1970, will now move to take pride of place in the centre’s indoor mall.

Thanks for reading! See you tomorrow.

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