30th Annual Leeds lights
Tonight Leeds switched on our Christmas lights. this custom happens every year at the beginning of November. it marks the beginning of the shopping run up to Christmas, with shops opening until 10pm every Thursday.
Tonight was the 30th Annual lights "switch on". Same difference (a brother/sister singing act from X Factor) and The Vamps (an up and coming pop band) played for the crowds with Santa also making an appearance. The lights were switched on by Gold medal winner in the 2012 Olympics Nicola Adams. Nicola won her medal for boxing and she is a local girl.
The tree in City Square is always my favourite part of Leeds lights. I lived in the Queens hotel for Three years when I first came to Leeds and my room on the top floor overlooked the square. at Christmas it always looked so festive with the tree lit up, especially in the snow.
ST GEMMA'S SANTA DASH
St Gemma's santa dash is an annual event to raise money for St Gemma's hospice in Leeds.
This year it took place on 11th December (the best month for santa's). The runners had the choice of running 2 or 4 laps around Leeds city centre which were 1 or 2 miles in length.
Real radio sponsored the event.
43rd ANNUAL WEST INDIAN FESTIVAL
The 43rd annual West Indian festival was once again a friendly colourful affair; The parade was amazing and the music foot tapping loud. I consider myself very lucky living in Leeds where there are parades and shows such as this, Leeds lights, light night and gay pride that are very happy community led occasions.
Once at Potternewton Park the problem was what to eat. Jamaican and Caribbean food smells wafted from the many stalls around the show ground. I decided to pass on the goat curry and I had my usual jerk chicken...delicious.
The colourful entrants of the parade all make their way back to the show ground where the winner is announced. I am glad I do not have to pick a winner as all the entrants were colourful and a lot of work must have gone into making the costumes.
42nd ANNUAL LEEDS WEST INDIAN CARNIVAL
The 42nd annual West Indian carnival was held in Leeds on bank holiday Monday august 31st. as usual it was a colourful exciting event, with wonderful costumes and lively music. This is definitely an event for the whole family.
Every year at the end of November, Leeds city council celebrates the turning on of Leeds Christmas lights.
A local radio station set up a stage on the Headrow and guests entertain the crowds before the countdown. Past guests at the show have been girls aloud, Shane ward, Rachel Stevens, Mcfly, Alesha Dixon, Simon Webb and Shane ward. the show is also attended by famous local celebrities like Jane Tomlinson and Chris Moyles
The turning on of the lights is followed by a firework display.
Everyone is luv
Dont be shocked, surprised or embarassed if anybody calls you "luv". It is a term of endearment and not sexual, sexist or meaning of any offence. Men will say it to men, women to men, women to women and men to women. It can a be a little bit of a surprise at first but it gets kind of nice once you get used to it.
There is a good programme of concerts at the town hall featuring a number of top class orchestra from UK and overseas. Leeds is internationally noted for its piano festival.
I only go this far for classical music but the website below is more cahtolic.
Where's there's muck, there's brass
Yorkshiremen have a habit of commenting that 'where there's muck, there's brass', referring to the mining and industrial activities which were the source of the county's wealth in the 19th century. But brass also refers to the county's world famous bands - Grimethorpe Colliery Band, especially - which have since travelled the world, winning competitions and delighting audiences with their unique brand of big band music.
A pint with Parkinson
When young Cliffie joined the newspaper in South Yorkshire all those years ago, he took over from a young reporter who had gone off to London in search of fame and fortune. Well, he seems to have made a reasonable job of it, since after an early career in national journalism he switched to television, where he became one of British TV's more intelligent and most highly paid chat-show hosts: Michael Parkinson. Young Cliffie met him, and shared a couple of pints in the beer tent, at the Cudworth Festival Show back in the 1960s.
MODERN PAGAN STONE CIRCLE
Close to the Aire and Calder Navigation at Stourton in Leeds is a modern Pagan stone circle. The Pagan worshipers come here regularly four times a year to offer flowers, food and drink at the alter.