Five things to know about today’s news in Leeds

Pupils enjoy moment in the spotlight as they settle into the classroom
Pupils enjoy moment in the spotlight as they settle into the classroom

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. Starring roles on the first day of big school

Pupils at Walton Primary Academy were faced with television cameras as they started their first day of school. They appeared on a documentary about their first day in primary school. Children from the Wakefield school were beamed into households across the country as they starred in Channel 5’s First Day at Big School.It follows the children from breakfast at home with their parents, through to being introduced to each other in class.

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2. Unveiled: Leeds city centre parade route for our Rio Heroes

The route that our Rio Heroes will take during a spectacular homecoming parade in the Leeds City Centre has been unveiled. The hotly anticipated parade will take place on Wednesday, 28 September and will celebrate the achievements of Yorkshire Olympic and Paralympic athletes. From 5.45 to 6.45pm locals will have the chance to welcome back the athletes in style and line the streets as they tour the city centre in open top busses. Musical entertainment and colourful displays will add a real carnival atmosphere to the evening.

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3. Leeds rally to show city welcomes migrants after Polish man attacked

A rally in support of refugees and migrants is being held in Leeds this weekend in the wake of a serious assault on a polish man in the city. The 28-year-old man was seriously injured when he was kicked and punched by a group of up to 20 youths in Alliance Street, Armley, last Friday. It has sparked widespread condemnation from the police, council, local community and Polish authorities. A statement of support, signed by Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland, councillors, trade union representatives and campaigners, has called on the city to unite against racism.

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4. Commemorative stone honour

The immense courage of a Leeds soldier who earned a Victoria Cross for his action during the Battle of the Somme was honoured yesterday. Bramley-born Lance-Sergeant Fred McNess’s grandson Mick Morris unveiled d the Victoria Cross commemorative stone. IT was 100 years to the day since he continued to fight in the FIrst World War battle after being badly wounded. Coun Caroline Gruen welcomed residents and dignitaries to the service at the war memorial in Bramley Park shortly after 2pm.

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5. ‘I think dad would be really proud of me’

The daughter of a tragic Leeds entrepreneur is set to launch a singing career and raise money for charity in memory of her late father. Jo Heselden-Edwards- daughter of Jimi Heselden- has teamed up with the Spice Girls, Take That, and Bryan Adams songwriter and producer Eliot Kennedy to record her debut album. It will be showcased at Eliot’s next all-star charity concert, which will be for Hidden Wounds, a branch of Help for Heroes, at the Vulcan Hanger at Doncaster Airport on Saturday, November 12. It is in memory of her late father who saved thousands of lives after developing the Concertainer used to build military defences.

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'A Womans Place' a new exhibition at Abbey House Museum, Leeds.
Pictured is Curator Kitty Ross with one of Nicola Adams boxing gloves.
18 january 2018.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Feminism in focus as Leeds museum celebrates a century of girl power