Archive for December, 2013

The History of Bradford’s Odeon

| December 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Odeon is one of Bradford’s most loved buildings. Open between 1930 and 2000, the Odeon was once the Gaumont, hosting world-famous acts such as the Beatles, Cliff Richard, Shirley Bassey and Lulu. But now this iconic building needs a future. For nearly 14 years it has stood empty in the city centre and it […]

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Bradford’s Victorian Executioner

| December 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

This article is written as a tribute to a very interesting, moral, religious and sometimes troubled man. Many people have heard of the Bradford Executioners – namely the Pierrepoint family of Clayton but many haven‘t heard of an earlier man called James Berry. Berry was born in Kay Street, Heckmondwike and was the 13th child […]

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1959-2001 – The tale of Bradford’s C&A

| December 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

At 11.30am on Thursday 31st May 2001, the UK’s last C&A transaction took place in Bradford. One of the most well known names of the British high street was to disappear forever. C&A had blamed fierce competition in the clothing market for its financial downturn and this resulted in the closure of over 100 stores. […]

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Transperience: What went wrong?

| December 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

It has been over 16 years since a Bradford museum had to close its doors to the public after it didn’t hit the number of visitors it had anticipated and clocked up tonnes of debt. It is a sad story of how a plan with good intentions just couldn’t grip the attention of the public […]

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The Story of Polish Anna

| December 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you were around the City Centre in the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s, you would have known about Polish Anna. Anna would hang around John Street Market, helping the traders in exchange for cups of tea. She was large, strong and wore lots of badges in the lapels of her jacket. She always carried a […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Alastair Campbell

| December 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

In August 2013, we got the chance to interview Alastair Campbell, Director of Communications to former Prime Minister, Tony Blair. We interviewed him exclusively on his politics, his life before, during and after Number 10 and about his novel writing. You can see his interview, as published in Edition 5 of The Local Leader below. “The […]

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