South Leeds roundup: Peter O’Toole, Middleton banana squirrels and Cottingley issues

Hunslet ‘lad’ Peter O’Toole is reiting from acting after 15 years. He’s pictured here in a Wikipedia picture as Lawrence of Arabia, probably his most famous role.

Here’s your weekly round-up of what’s been making south Leeds tick on other websites and blogs:

Veteran actor Peter O’Toole has announced he is retiring from the stage and screen, at the age of 79. The Irish-born star – best known for playing Lawrence of Arabia in Sir David Lean’s 1962 film classic – told the BBC it was time to “chuck in the sponge”. O’Toole grew up in Hunslet – he might have even been born there, he says he doesn’t know the answer – and started out as a trainee journalist and reporter at the YEP before moving into acting.

Looks like the latest Cottingley TRAC meeting was an interesting one, with anti-social behaviour on the estate and people being scared to attend Cottingley Vale Shops discussed. Check out the report here. On the subject of Cottingley Hall, Cllr angela Gabriel has posted details of a litter pick on the group’s Facebook page.

Friends of Middleton Park group have posted a photo on their Facebook page of a squirrel up a tree eating a banana. Yes, really!

Don’t forget there’s a public meeting on plans for a  new primary school on the site of the closed South Leeds Sports Centre today. The meeting will be held at Hamara Healthy Living Centre in Tempest Road. Presentations by those bidding to run the new primary school will be held at 2pm and 6.30pm. There will be an opportunity to browse information and have informal discussions about the project between 5pm and 6pm.

Education bosses are set to consider bids to run the proposed new school, reports the YEP.

New eye catching planters have been placed at Holbeck Community Centre, reports Holbeck in Bloom blog.

Security fencing in vandal-hit Hunslet Cemetery will be in place by the Autumn, Cllr Kim Groves has assured anxious members of its Facebook page.

The Hunslet Club tell us all about their summer activity camp for youngsters over on their website. The club’s gala is also being held on Sunday.

In case you missed our heads up earlier this week, the Friends of Holbeck Cemetery have been blogging about a visitor from Idaho.

PC’s Laura Dennant and Kate Devonshire arrested a male in the Belle Isle area yesterday evening following the theft of a gold chain valued at £750.

Leedslily has posted some lovely photos of Holbeck on our Flickr group page. See them here (and down the right hand side of this blog’s homepage – and please do share your photos with us.

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