10 things people in Leeds should give up for Lent

It's that time of the year again when many people observe a period of abstinence and fasting ahead of Easter.

Tuesday, 5th March 2019, 3:49 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th March 2019, 3:53 pm
It's that time of the year again when many people observe a period of abstinence and fasting ahead of Easter

While locking away the chocolates and sugary treats is one of the most common ways to mark Lent, these 15 things are have a more local flavour - presenting the perfect challenge for a Leeds resident to give up for 40 days.

Everyone from Leeds knows there is no better tea brand than Yorkshire Tea, so going 40 days without the holy grail of cuppas is sure to be a struggle.
Here in the north we are fond of a good roast, particularly when it involves Yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy. Shunning the classic Sunday dinner until Easter won't come easy.

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A popular haunt on a weekend, the Trinity Leeds shopping centre never fails to be littered with people come Saturday. Maybe venture a little further afield for a change and enjoy a weekend spent exploring the countryside on the city's outskirts?
The string of takeaways lining the street opposite Leeds Grand Theatre are a favourite port of call for many after a heavy night of drinking - but cutting out the helping of cheesy chips for 40 days will do you the world of good.
It is a throw away phrase that many Leeds folk add on the end of greetings without much thought, so breaking the habit could prove to be challenging.
It is widely known Leeds United supporters hate the reds and as much as refraining from celebrating a Man United loss would be difficult, Lent is a time for giving up such basic pleasures.
You don't have to travel far around Leeds to stumble across an eatery serving a bottomless brunch, with Manahatta's unlimited Prosecco offering being a popular choice. Perhaps stick to pot of coffee for a time instead.
Being rightly proud that this classic soap is filmed right on our doorstep has made Emmerdale a favourite watch on the telly for many Leeds folk, but maybe the drama can wait until Easter arrives.
If there is one thing people from the north have a reputation for it is being famously tight with our money. So why not loosen the purse strings a little for Lent, instead of being so thrifty?
Watching the footie with a pint in hand goes together like jam and cream, but there are other refreshments you could try for a period while cheering on Leeds to their next win.