Wild fires start in Leeds following heatwave

By Amelia Riley Extreme weather conditions saw wild fires starting in Leeds on Monday. As temperatures raked up to 37 degrees celsius on Monday afternoon, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue attended 53 incidents across the county. Sunbathers reported a smoke cloud at Primrose Valley Park and fire crews confirmed attending a 50-metre grass fire inContinue reading “Wild fires start in Leeds following heatwave”

Hot weather is keeping customers away from Leeds Kirkgate Market

By Amelia Riley The Amber Extreme heat warning has been extended by the Met Office as temperatures look to build later this week and early next week. Shoppers at Leeds Kirkgate Market have been demanding ice from fish counters in the “unbearable” heat. Traders have said that the hot weather has kept customers away fromContinue reading “Hot weather is keeping customers away from Leeds Kirkgate Market”

Leeds gallery brings 1879 masterpiece back home

By Amelia Riley One of Leeds’ most celebrated artists’ masterpiece has been brought back to the city. Reflections on the Aire – on strike, painted by John Atkinson Grimshaw in 1879, presents a female figure gazing over the River Aire towards Hunslet and is considered a rare example of the artist painting a social realistContinue reading “Leeds gallery brings 1879 masterpiece back home”

Easter travel disruption sees long delays on roads, rail and at airports

By Amelia Riley This Easter break will see transport disruptions in the form of congested roads, busy airports and delayed trains. According to the RAC, 21.5 million leisure trips have been predicted to be made by car between Good Friday and Easter Monday, causing the busiest roads in the UK in at least eight years.Continue reading “Easter travel disruption sees long delays on roads, rail and at airports”

Almost 70 people missed flights as Leeds Bradford Airport faces staff shortages

By Amelia Riley Leeds Bradford Airport confirmed that 67 people did not make their flights over the weekend. Staff shortages brought on long queues at airport security, with the problem getting worse between 5am and 9am, as well as later in the afternoon. The airport apologised to those who missed their flight and is activelyContinue reading “Almost 70 people missed flights as Leeds Bradford Airport faces staff shortages”

West Yorkshire Mayor urges caution after Boris Johnson announces end of COVID self-isolation

By Amelia Riley Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire, warns that caution must be taken after Boris Johnson’s announcements of an official end to COVID self-isolation. As part of the Prime Minister’s ‘living with COVID’ plans, free universal testing will end in April and people who test positive for COVID will no longer haveContinue reading “West Yorkshire Mayor urges caution after Boris Johnson announces end of COVID self-isolation”

Harry Potter wands set to be illuminated in Hull

By Amelia Riley Hull city centre has been chosen to be illuminated by nine 15ft Harry Potter wands. They will be in Queen Victoria Square between 2nd – 8th March and they will create a lightshow in time to music from the movies. WarnerMedia UK & Ireland country manager, Polly Cochrane said: “We are delightedContinue reading “Harry Potter wands set to be illuminated in Hull”

Huddersfield MP requests change of road name that is “a remnant of a dreadful time”

By Amelia Riley 25,000 signatures have convinced Kirklees Council to “look carefully” at the potential renaming of Kaffir Road in Huddersfield. Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman made the request for the road name to be changed, and a petition by African Caribbean community organisation leaders and the wider community in Huddersfield launched a fortnight ago, alreadyContinue reading “Huddersfield MP requests change of road name that is “a remnant of a dreadful time””

Charity looking for guide dog puppy trainers in Leeds

By Amelia Riley The charity Guide Dogs is looking for people in Leeds to volunteer in training puppies that will go on to be guide dogs for sight loss. Guide Dogs work to help people with sight loss gain the confidence and support they need to live their lives to the full. They aim toContinue reading “Charity looking for guide dog puppy trainers in Leeds”