Five things to know about today’s news in Leeds

IN MEMORY: Lance Sergeant  Fred McNess won the Victoria Cross for extreme bravery in battle
IN MEMORY: Lance Sergeant Fred McNess won the Victoria Cross for extreme bravery in battle

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. City reacts to Leeds being the best of Britain

The city of Leeds has been reacting to the news that it has been named the best city in Britain for quality of life. It ranked above London, Manchester and Edinburgh in the poll by global consultancy firm Arcadis earlier this week. We revealed how the report put leeds at 26 out of 100 cities in the world after considering factors such as health, education, income, work-life balance, income, and crime. Leeds Chamber of Commerce stated that Leeds must not rest on the accolade and continue to push to make things better still.

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2. Leeds hit by heavy lightning and thunderstorms after hottest day of the year

Last night Leeds was hit by heavy lightning and thunderstorms after the hottest day the region has seen yet this year. For the majority of the day, the city was bathed in sunlight and temperatures were said to be as hot as they have been since September 1911. By early evening there was a North/South pressure divide emerging. The Met Office issued a yellow warning for flash flooding and travel disruptions in the North West, North East, Yorkshire and parts of Scotland.

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3. New £7m Government grant is to fund research in Leeds

Leading researchers at hospitals in Leeds have been boosted by a £7million Government grant. The funds come as a part of an £816m investment in NHS research. This is the largest ever investment into groundbreaking UK studies, and was announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will use it to fund work focusing on preventing inflammatory diseases like arthritis and perfecting therapy for osteoarthritis. Previous grants have helped the unit conduct research that established ultrasound imaging to be more sensitive than standard assessment tools for both joint inflammation and damage in arthritis patients.

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4. Dramatic display of giant lanterns comes to Leeds

Leeds will host the UK’s biggest Chinese lantern festival this winter. It is the first time this festival has come to Yorkshire. Dragons the length of three buses and 40,000 light bulbs will be used to create more than 30 giant handmade lantern displays which will illuminate 10 acres of Roundhay park from November 25 to January 2. The festival will support the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. It will centre around a dramatically lit lantern trail, with displays featuring lanterns as wide as 20m. There will also be a separate entertainment area and food village, which is free to enter, with other paid activities. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow.

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5. War hero set to be honoured 100 years on from brave act

A WWI hero from Bramley will be honoured tomorrow on the 100th anniversary of the extreme bravery that earned him the Victoria Cross. Lance Sergeant Fred McNess of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards continued fighting after being badly wounded during the Battle of the Somme on September 15 1916. He suffered injuries to his left arm and leg, and extremely serious damage to his neck and jaw. He sought reinforcements, guided them towards the enemy and continued fighting despite the fact he was losing blood. Lance Sergeant McNess survived the war and on December 9 1916, King George V presented him with the Victoria Cross.

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