Leeds is turning blue for World Autism Awareness Day

Leeds Civic Hall.
Leeds Civic Hall.
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landmarks across Leeds will turn blue to mark World Autism Awareness Day today.

The city will show its support for the global awareness event by shining blue lights at Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds First Direct Arena, Bridgewater Place and CitiPark at the Merrion Centre.

Autism affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects the way they make sense of the world around them and comes in various forms and severities.

As well as going blue today, Leeds Autism Services (LAS) is hosting the #BiggerAndBetterInLeeds event with Kay Mellor OBE at Leeds City Museum from 11am to 3.30pm.

The free event will focus on the positive contributions that people with autism make to the city and will feature stalls, performers and speakers throughout the day.

LAS is a charity offering a range of autism-specific services for adults and provides support for people in their own homes, community settings or other facilities.

A number of other activities have been arranged by LAS during April. Call 0113 2452645 for further information.

For possible use in the YP From the Archive series.''10th May 1988''THE MIGHTY Mallard, pride of Britain's railway history, puffed into Leeds Station today with a raging thirst.''It was pulling such a heavy load - 12 carriages carrying 250 top Post Office customers and stamp collectors - that it needed extra water supplies at Holbeck.''"The last thing we wanted was the boiler blowing up on Britain's pride and joy," said Mr Philip Round, Post Office Information Officer.''Mallard was making a special run across the Pennines from Manchester Victoria to mark two major anniversaries:

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