On this day: The news making the #YEPleeds front page

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The headlines that made the front page of the Yorkshire Evening Post on March 9, 2006

Main story. Sick leave cost Leeds City Council £35m last year. The figure is revealed as the council prepares to raise council tax bills by 4.5 per cent - almost twice the rate of inflation - and is looking to make cuts to help it fund front-line services. Incredibly, the figure is better than in 2004 when sick leave cost Leeds very close to £40m. Over the past 12 m onths the council’s employees have each taken an average of 12.4 days off sick - half a day less than the previous year. The average in local government nationally is 10.5 days.


Sherburn in Elmet, 22nd May 1989''Bucker Jungmann biplane.''Lone pilot Tony Smith, who flew half way around the world in a 50 year old biplane, is not quite the man he was.''Tony, 43, of Hillam Hall, Hillam, near Castleford touched down 2 stones lighter after the 12,000 mile journey took him through some of the world's hot spots.

Leeds nostalgia: Yorkshire pilot Tony Smith in it for the long haul