Leeds today: F1, Mary Portas, Hyperlink, Cathedral

Morning folks! Hope you are all bright and breezy this morning. Your Leeds news is brought to you today by Kathleen.

Firstly, and The Guardian Northerner yesterday had a brilliant article online yesterday in response to Stephen Twiggs’ post about ‘educational divides’ between the North and South. Instead of thinking that this is the case, Lord Hill of Oareford maintains that the divide comes instead through a gap between rich and poor.

Big thanks are going to Mary Portas today (honestly never envisaged saying that) for helping Wakefield, Pontefract and Dewsbury receive £10, 000 each to help smarten up their town centres and bring empty shops back into use. Ports reviewed the country’s high streets and subsequently helped form the ‘Our Town First – Town Team’ scheme.

Firefighters have been battling flames at a metal work company in Armleyearly this morning. The fire, which broke out at about 4am, took four fire engines from Leeds, Hunslet, and Stanningley fire stations, as well as an aerial appliance. This comes just two days after the YEP ran a story documenting the severe cuts that West Yorkshire fire service are facing.

If you’re into Formula One then you should probably head to the White Rose Shopping Centre and check out this season’s Lotus F1 Team show car which will be on display this weekend (October 26-28). The newly-refurbished Ernest Jones store will be transformed into a pit stop as part of the TW Steel event.

The Morley Observer have got an article today about Beryl Burton OBE, who started the British Cycling Federation back in the ’50s and was Morley’s very own Victoria Pendleton (kind of). A 90-minute documentary has been made about the golden girl champion cyclist who battled back from childhood illness to become a seven-time world champion and if she had been cycling today would definitely have been a household name with sponsorship deals and endorsements. You can catch it on Friday at Morley Town Hall.

With Halloween looming, there are plenty of spookfests getting ready around Leeds and in Ilkley Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms has produced lots of tasty treats including marzipan pumpkins, white chocolate ganache ghosts, owl brownie cupcakes, and lebkuchen and marzipan black cats. Holla!

The YEP has reported today that there will be a new Leeds-Bradford bus service, the ‘Hyperlink’ which will be running a fleet of modern, extra-long vehicles through Armley, Bramley, Stanningley and Thornbury.

Lastly today, and a seven-year-old girl is standing up against David Cameron’s proposed imposition of VAT on alterations to listed buildings. Sophic Clucas, from Wakefield wrote to Cameron saying that restoration on the city’s cathedral, which she visits every Sunday would stop due to rising costs inflicted by the change in George Osborne’s budget. Go on Sophie!

Bye for now folks! Please get in touch if you have any local news you think is worthy of some more coverage.

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