Five things to know about today’s news in Leeds

Leeds Light Night 2015.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Leeds Light Night 2015. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Don’t have the time to read the news in the morning?

No worries, here’s a preview of the most important news in Leeds today.

1. Illuminated phoenix will light up the city

A mythical phoenix bringing all four corners of Yorkshire together will light up the city of Leeds in a spectacular display. The Phoenix in the Stone will be one of the showpiece events at this year’s ‘Light Night Leeds’ event taking place across the city on the nights of October 6 and 7. The gigantic mythical bird will be projected across the front of the Civic Hall building, and will represent the coming together of four elemental forces, symbolising the different parts of Yorkshire working together with Leeds at their heart. Rob and Matt Vale are from the company Illuminos and were behind the display at Light Night Leeds two years ago.

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2. Vatican cricket team pitches up in Leeds to boost inter-faith harmony

Leeds cricket team is building bridges with other faiths by pioneering a tour that will take place in Headingley Stadium. Mount Cricket Club, a team of Muslim players from Batley, is participating in the ‘Light of Faith’ tour with the Archbishop of Canterbury’s XI team and Vatican-based St. Peter’s side. It follows a match that was played between Mount CC and the St Peter’s team last autumn, when the Vatican side won by four runs on the last ball. It is hoped that this visit will not only develop inter-faith relations, but correct any misunderstandings.

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3. ’Design of flats is far too bulky’

Plans to build a block of student flats on a derelict site near Leeds City Centre have been stalled again after residents objected to the “bulky and bland” design. Developer Burley Place Ltd is seeking to build a block of 87 studio flats on Burley Street between Leeds City Centre and Burley. Leeds City Council officers had recommended the scheme be approved when the plans were discussed at a meeting of the city plans panel in July. The application was deferred to a later date to allow amendments to be made to the design after residents complained about the large scale of the building. Members voted to defer the plan for more to be done to address concerns raised.

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4. Cellino behind me says Monk

Leeds United head coach Garry Monk insisted last night that the owner Massimo Cellino remained ‘very supportive’ of him but admitted the club’s slide into the Championship’s bottom three could not afford to go unchecked for long. Monk said Cellino’s backing had shown no sign of wavering amid United’s poor start to the season, and he promised to turn around a run of form which dropped his squad to 22nd place over the weekend. Monk, who is eight matches into his reign, took umbrage after the loss against Huddersfield at home, with questions about the security of his job. Monk said he and the 59-year-old were in regular contact and did not feel his position was under threat.

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5. Sir Elton John announces return to city after arena opening show

After three years, music star Sir Elton John has announced he will return to Leeds First Direct Arena for a second time. Sir Elton released his 33rd studio album this year and will perform in Leeds on June 8, 2017. He will perform hits from the new album, as well as career classics when he makes his stop as a part of a worldwide tour. This next visit to the city will be the pop star’s twelfth, after playing a show for the first time in 1971 at Leeds University.

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