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Feature Comment t’appelles-tu? The Light Becomes La Lumière

In celebration of the greatest cycling race in the world coming to Leeds, The Light – the city’s top leisure and retail destination - is embracing its French side and rebranding itself as ‘La Lumière.’


The start line for the race will be located on the doorstep of the scheme and from next week, The Light will adopt its new name and launch a six week peloton of fun.


Brian Oakley, Centre Manager at La Lumière, said: “There’s no doubt that everyone in Leeds is getting very excited for July – and we wanted to do something special…

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Feature The big five O. Merrion Centre Celebrates 50th birthday

It has been an icon of our city’s shopping for decades and now the Merrion Centre is celebrating its 50th birthday.

It was the largest indoor shopping centre in the UK when it opened its doors in 1964. To mark this golden occasion on 26th May 2014 and say thank you to its loyal shoppers, the Merrion Centre is hosting a whole host of action packed activities from 12pm -5pm.


On stage there will be singers and dancers delighting shoppers throughout the day and for the excitement of younger shoppers, Peppa Pig will be making her debut Merrion Centre appearance, handing out free chocolate between 12 – 2pm. Families will also be dazzled by balloon modeling, the resident face painter,…

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Hundreds of skiers and boarders flocked indoors this weekend to celebrate Snozone’s new partnership with Sense, the charity that supports and campaigns for deafblind people, at Snozone Castleford, within Xscape.


Paralympic Sitskier Jo Willoughby from Barnsley and Olympic Freeskier Katie Summerhayes from Sheffield were there to support the event and inspire visitors that winter sports can really be for everyone. Jo Willhoughby overcame a terrible childhood illness which left her paralysed from the chest down, to become the most successful female sitskier Great Britain has ever had, taking up the sport at the age of 28. 18-year-old Katie competed…

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Feature Playful Leeds

Stevie J Kilgour looks at a scheme to make Leeds city centre more fun

Already a thriving hub for music, TV and sporting excellence within these fair isles, our wonderful city is again looking to lead the way in interactive art, creative play and inspiring the imagination of every man, woman and child in Leeds.

The Leeds-based community development consultancy Cultivate are looking to inspire minds and bring out the playful side of the city, through a new project called Playful Leeds. It works on the idea that childhood is not the only time in our life when we should take a moment to push our imagination, let out a burst of energy and…

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News Searching for a Secret Millionaire

Channel 4's Secret Millionaire came to Leeds on 27th November and a donation was made to local chairty Simon on the Streets

It’s the eon of email at our fingertips, social media sites bringing breaking news, and very few things more than a Google away – but it seems we still underestimate the power of the internet. The charity Simon on the Streets has received a phenomenal donation of £35,000 after it was provided with search engine optimisation (SEO), making it possible for Secret Millionaire, Charles Allen, to get in touch with the organisation.

The Leeds-based homeless charity was provided with free SEO recommendations from Search Laboratory (http://www.searchlaboratory.com/), taking it from online obscurity to the top of search engine…

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Feature Howard Assembly Room Becomes a Leeds City Centre Wedding Venue

Opera North's performance space is Leeds' latest wedding venue and host of the LOVE weddings experience on 2nd October

Within our fair city lies a hidden gem, a subtle reminder of Leeds’ historic culture. The Howard Assembly Room at the Leeds Grand Theatre, programmed by Opera North, represents the perfect marriageof historical elegance and modern eclecticism. The transformed venue, which reopened two years ago, is well known as a performance space and theatrical rehearsal room but, unbeknown to many, is also Leeds’ most up and coming wedding venue.

Standing apart from other wedding locations in the area with its stunning Grade II* listed architecture, arched windows and high, barrel-vaulted ceiling, the Howard Assembly Room is one…

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Feature Angel's Share Vintage Fair

The Angel's Share introduces tipsy shopping to its Retro Sundays

There is nothing quite like the joy of shopping while a bit drunk. It has its pitfalls, sure; a lime green polyester jumpsuit from the 80s always looks better after a couple of margaritas. But then, so does donning a comedy sombrero and emulating a stereotypical Mexican hombre, but we all know where that gets us, and Jeremy Clarkson. And who wants to be like Jeremy Clarkson?

Still, bringing together cocktails and clothes is a rather nice idea and one that the people at Angel’s Share in Chapel Allerton have introduced to their popular Retro Sundays.

Every last Sunday afternoon,…

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Interview Jess Haigh

We find out about the Travelling Suitcase Library and Leeds Book Club

“The Travelling Suitcase Library is literally a suitcase full of books. It’s not a library as such, where you have a membership. If you want to give me your email address I’ll email you and let you know where I’m going to be, I have blogs that I update irregularly and it’s literally just a book swap.

“It’s a way of encouraging people to talk about the books they’re reading and talk about things. It’s also to encourage reading for pleasure as a hobby you can talk about in pubs and be proud of.

“It’s been going since last February.…

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Feature Simon on the Streets

Sophie Haydock spent a night sleeping rough on the streets of Leeds

A couple of weeks ago I spent a night on the streets of Leeds. I was one of around 50 people who took part in a sponsored sleep out in Leeds. The night was organised by Simon on the Streets, a Leeds charity who work with homeless people in the area.

As I bedded down for the night in a cardboard box behind Leeds Parish church in the city centre, my thoughts weren’t on the luxurious bed I’d left behind for the night, but on rats. I was worrying I’d wake up in the darkness with a rat…

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Aireheads A Depress-fest

Larry & Paul have the winter blues

Well, there’s no point clinging on to memories of the summer now is there? It’s well and truly fled. Two quite large indicators: it’s perpetually raining its arse off and everyone still has that cold they got a month ago when that beanpole of a man with a unibrow pretty much sneezed on their face and rubbed it in on the train to Burley Park. You know what we mean.

However, it’ll take more than bad weather to dampen the spirits of Larry & Paul, let us tell you, dear reader! By golly! Huzzah!

So you can imagine the soul-crushing,…

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