Leeds today: gala, housing, Menston, birth, Phantom, charity, bullying and tracks.

Morning all. It’s Michael (from Leeds Trinity) here bringing you your daily dose of local news.

Giving birth can be a stressful time for anyone, especially when your baby is delivered in the hospital car park. This was the case for a mother who was advised to travel to another hospital due to staff shortages at Leeds General Infirmary.

Taking that first step on the property ladder may be a rung too far for thousands following research from The National Housing Federation. House prices in West Yorkshire are racing ahead of salary levels in Leeds – leaving thousands unable to purchase their first home.

The battle to prevent 170 new homes being built on fields in Derry Hill, Menston has taken a blow after the owner hit out claiming he had never seen any recreational use of them by villagers.

Do you know of a charity that needs help? You can nominate a good cause to receive cash from the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.

A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. If that sounds like a good night’s entertainment, Culture Vulture has reviewed the Phantom of the Opera show currently playing at The Grand Theatre & Opera House.

Inspired by local heroes Lizzie Armitstead and the Brownlee brothers, Otley Athletics Club are hoping to find the next generation of Olympic athletes. They have launched a campaign to create Wharfedale’s first running track.

Campaigners in Bramhope are stepping up their efforts to get specially-painted postboxes for all three Olympic stars. The village was overlooked, despite Bramhope being the home to the Brownlee brothers for the last three years.

South Leeds Life shares a compelling story of a young girl, who suffered from bullying, and overcame her trauma to carry the Olympic torch.

What does your name say about you? Culture Vulture investigates the power of the names our parents blessed (or in some cases cursed) us with.

Comedy royalty is set to grace Leeds as pub landlord Al Murray and on screen tough man Ross Kemp are the star guests at this year’s gala dinner for Yorkshire’s sick and terminally ill children.

That’s it for today! There will be more from me and the rest of the Leeds Trinity gang next Thursday.

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