Five things you need to know in Leeds today

Heavy metal band Iron Maiden announce massive show in Leeds
Heavy metal band Iron Maiden announce massive show in Leeds

If you didn’t read the paper this morning - we’ve got you covered. Here are today’s top stories

1. Family teams up with music star on lung disease campaign

The family of 59-year-old in desperate need of a lung transplant are taking part in a campaign to raise awareness of his condition. Leeds man Tony Gowland was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis - a progressive lung disease that leaves sufferers with an average life expectancy of just three years after diagnosis. Mr Gowland needs oxygen to help him breathe and a lifesaving lung transplant. Now his grandchildren are working with music star and classically trained pianist Myleene Klass, who is supporting the new Fight IPF campaign. The disease is said to affect 15,000 people in the UK.

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2. Iron Maiden announce massive city show

Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have announced they will be playing in Leeds First Direct Arena next year. The band is set to take the stage in Leeds on Thursday, May 11, as part of an 11-date UK tour including performance dates in Liverpool as well. Tickets for the show will go on sale on 9am next Friday, September 30 at £46 to £57.50.

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3. Market Wraps was voted Best Looking Mobiler

Carl Denning, an entrepreneur who has been fighting cancer for the past four years won national recognition for his street food outfit Market Wraps. The food truck was voted Best Looking Mobiler in the British Street Food Awards 2016. Carl, from Hunslet, said the business has helped him battle against pancreatic cancer which has recurred for the fifth time. Carl and his partner Rob Fowler, bought the horsebox in January as he was completing chemotherapy. He has now been offered a residency at Trinity Kitchen next year.

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4. Cash-strapped Wakefield Council axes popular bonfire and fireworks display

The bonfire and firework display at Thornes Park will no longer be held by Wakefield Council announced this week. The event is one of the biggest in the district and has attracted thousands of people every year. Due to financial strain, the council said it has been forced to scrap the event which would have cost £35,000 this November.

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5. Leeds railways bridge gets ‘landmark’ paint job

The railway bridge over Lower Briggate is set to be painted in rainbow colours to celebrate diversity. The bridge will be upgraded this month by Network Rail as a part of a repair and strengthening programme. Engineers will repaint the bridge using cash donated by the LGBT community and Leeds City Council. The work will begin on Monday and will continue until February with no impact on road or rail services.

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