Archive for November, 2013

Welcome to East Leeds Magazine

Welcome to East Leeds Magazine

ISSUE 35 Well I’m beginning to see the light.  Well I’m beginning to see the light.  Some people work very hard,  But still they never get it right.  Well I’m beginning to see the light.  Another year another part of […]

Day and Night Pharmacy – Christmas at the Moon

Day and Night Pharmacy – Christmas at the Moon

I’ve just received a letter from the Editorial Director of the Yorkshire Post informing me that I had been nominated in the Pharmacist of the year category of their Best of Health Awards. I didn’t win it though but I […]

Lee Murtagh – EBF – Setting the Record Straight

Lee Murtagh – EBF – Setting the Record Straight

As regular readers will be aware, the shows I put on are licensed by the EBF which stands for the European Boxing Federation. I became involved with the EBF about six years ago. It’s a fully insured semi professional licensed […]

Grace Communion Church – Christmas – A Child is Born

Grace Communion Church – Christmas – A Child is Born

What has that got to do with us? Indeed what is Christmas to us? Is it a wonderful family time, a commercial festival or does it have any religious meaning for us today? For all the retailers in our world […]

Wilsons Butchers -Where it all comes from

Wilsons Butchers -Where it all comes from

Hello again, I can’t believe that by the time you will be reading this Christmas will be just around the corner, but more of that later.    I was just tidying up the meat counter display the other day when […]

Oceans Fish Restaurant

Oceans Fish Restaurant

Another issue, another birthday. This time it’s the Cross Gates Fish Bar coming up to their fortieth.  To celebrate it’s undergoing a face lift which incorporates a new fish restaurant and a rebrand which will see a name change to […]

Alan Mills -Water Board and Legionnaires

Alan Mills -Water Board and Legionnaires

I began to settle into my life in the Palestine Police. Four shifts, spanned over seven days a week. We rarely had a day off and often did two shifts in a day. Even if we did have a free […]

Start the Pigeons

Start the Pigeons

What do the unlikley combo of the Queen, Mike Tyson, Gloria Hunniford, former England captain Gerry Francis and  ex Scottish footballer Duncan Ferguson have in common? Well it’s certainly not that they all regularly go out on the beer together. […]

In Memory of DJ Snooky.

In Memory of DJ Snooky.

Graham Charles Snook   6th September 1958 – 16th January 2013 Graham Charles Snook was born in Harehills and worked at Fletchers motors for years and also in the building trade during the1980’s. He had two passions in life, music […]

Hope and Remembrance

Hope and Remembrance

The Hope Inn opened in the late 1960’s and replaced the ‘Old Hope Inn’ which was knocked down when York Road was widened to accommodate the growing amount of commuter traffic.  And if you’ve somehow failed to notice it from […]

Christmas Magic in Leeds

Christmas Magic in Leeds

  Fresh from the success of the Sing for Heroes concert, Leeds Male Voice Choir are set to perform an intimate concert of Christmas favourites in the stunning Holy Trinity Church in the heart of the city on Saturday 14 […]

Anthony Clavane -Playing the Joker

Anthony Clavane -Playing the Joker

Leeds writer Anthony Clavane on his play ‘Playing the Joker’ which is on at Leeds Playhouse between 19th-23rd November as part of the Play, Pint & a Pie season. At the end of 1977, whilst doing my A-Levels at Roundhay School, […]

Cheryl Nathan – The Mother of All Wars

Cheryl Nathan – The Mother of All Wars

Cheryl Nathen gave birth to her son Kieron in 1990. She put on a little weight during pregnancy and rather than opt for weightwatchers or the gym, decided to join the Royal Auxialliary Air Force (the airforce equivalent of the TA). […]

Polish Resistance: the Story of Jerzy Sopiaski

Polish Resistance: the Story of Jerzy Sopiaski

Jerzy Sopiaski died peacefully at his home in Poland earlier this year. He had lived in East Leeds between 1946 and 2006. I was told his story by his great niece and nephew who came to Leeds to work four […]

James Else MBE – Those Were the Days

James Else MBE – Those Were the Days

James Else MBE, on his National Service and work with the Dunkirk Veterans Association. James H Else MBE has lived virtually all his life in Leeds apart from his Army service between 1939 and 1946. During his school days he […]

From Normandy to India

From Normandy to India

We go back a few years for this interview with a few veterans from World War Two. John Heald and Edward Armitage are both in their eighties and live at Woodview Sheltered Housing Complex in Whinmoor. They and a few […]

guy fawkes bonfire

Gun Powder, Treason, Treacle and Toffee Apples

It says something for the rebellious spirit of Yorkshire that a man who tried to blow up the houses of parliament is celebrated in pagan like fashion some 500 years after his demise. Guy Fawkes…it’s often said he was probably […]