They say you can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all the people all the time.
It’s time to come clean, as many of you spotted our story about the Post Office swapping the LS10 and LS11 postcodes was an April Fool. We hope you enjoyed the joke.
We got a great response on Twitter and Facebook, the comment from Paul Burton was typical: “Good effort, but seriously ‘BS Solutions’?”
Our elected members also responded. Hilary Benn MP tweeted:
“Tell April Fulton not to worry. Plan will be old news by end of today (1 April). Got me until I twigged. Wonderful!”
Adam Ogilvie, Councillor for Beeston & Holbeck was approached by a ‘concerned local businessman’ and South Leeds Life contributor Dave Florence. Adam did his duty and took the matter to Leeds City Council’s Chief Executive Tom Riordan. His deputy’s reply explained to Adam:
“Having read the article I note the following is included which in my mind clearly confirms this is indeed an April fool’s – look at the name of the spokesperson: April Fulton.”
Cllr Ogilvie had the grace to tweet:
“Well done @SouthLeedsLife for their April fool. Despite the clues I fell for it!”
April fool stories have become quite an institution amongst the British press. Today saw stories in The Guardian about how an independent Scotland would switch to driving on the right, whilst The Telegraph had Alex Salmond replacing the Queen on a new pound coin. The Guardian kept a watch and provided a useful roundup on their website.
Other local news websites like ours also got in on the act. Brixton Blog in London reported that their local independent cinema was to become a Waitrose. Another London blog, Kings Cross Environment, reported that a new ‘Maglev’ train would connect the HS1 terminal at St Pancras with the HS2 terminal at nearby Euston at speeds of 300mph.
April Fool’s Day is over for another year, so you can believe what we publish on South Leeds Life. At least for another 364 days!