Leeds West Indian Carnival

The weather could not have been more Caribbean, with the thermometer hovering around 30c and the sunshine unbroken.  I have to admit that this is my first visit to what has become a National Institution.  In fact, I was speaking to a lovely family who had come from Nottingham especially. The start of the parade,…

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1,000 Handshakes

It’s a funny thing, a handshake, yet it’s used to signify so many different things. We shake hands to seal a deal, to congratulate an opponent who has just humiliated us at one game or another (smashed the living daylights out of us at rugby) when presenting or receiving a prize or when bumping into…

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Kirkgate Market Tour

Kirkgate Market holds a special place in the hearts of most Leeds residents, especially those of a certain age who were dragged there by their parents to do the weekend shopping. I was a weird kid in that I liked going with my dad to buy the stuff we needed for Saturday night dinner and…

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Oakwood Farmers’ Market

Another Saturday – another farmers’ market, this time in Oakwood. Even though I lived in Oakwood during my late teens and early twenties I didn’t know that Oakwood Clock was not built for this site but was originally erected in Leeds Market where it stayed until 1912, at which point the popularity of the market…

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