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Graffiti artist to hit right note for Leeds Piano Competition

In celebration of Leeds' 18th triennial International Piano Competition, a baby grand piano will be transformed today at Trinity Leeds shopping centre by local graffiti artist, Elliot Wigzell.

Swapping piano keys for spray cans, Elliot will be in the centre from 10am for four hours for an afternoon of live spray-painting.

Once the paint has dried, shoppers of all skill levels will have the opportunity to play the one of a kind piano right in the middle of the centre where it will stay until the 10th September.

Elliot often runs workshops for young adults across the city, and has been invited into Trinity Leeds for the first time to exhibit his unique skill.

Set up by Dame Fanny Waterman in 1961, Leeds International Piano Competition welcomes the finest young pianistic talent to Leeds once every 3 years.

Competitors perform at Leeds University with the finals taking place at Leeds Town Hall where they compete for the £20,000 prize money.

Danny Jones' widow Wembley challenge

The widow of tragic Keighley Cougars star Danny Jones faces the challenge of her life at next weekend's Challenge Cup final.

Lizzie Jones will be singing Abide with Me at rugby League's showpiece event at Wembley on Bank Holiday Saturday

She's doing it for her husband Danny, who collapsed and died during a Keighley Cougars match. Sally Simpson was invited along to a rehearsal.

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Nicola Stephenson to join Emmerdale cast

Nicola Stephenson to join Emmerdale from the Autumn

Acclaimed actress Nicola Stephenson is to join the cast of Emmerdale.

The actress, who will play the character of Tess, will start filming this month, and be seen on screen from the Autumn.

Series producer Kate Oates said she is 'delighted' to have Nicola on board, promising her arrival will 'mix things up in the village'.

Nicola previously starred in Brookside, Waterloo Road, The Chase, Clocking Off and Safe House.

Kitty McGeever's last act of kindness

It has been revealed that the family of Emmerdale actress, Kitty McGeever, have asked for her organs to be donated to help others after her sudden death last night.

Emmerdale Producer, Kate Oates, said that the actresses cornea and liver will be donated. She said the actress had been waiting for some time for a kidney transplant - but although that never came for her she wanted others to benefit in some way:

'Inspirational' Emmerdale actress Kitty McGeever passes away

Emmerdale actress, Kitty McGeever has passed away, the soap has confirmed.

The soap paid tribute to 'inspirational' actress Kitty McGeever Credit: @emmerdale

McGeever, who played character Lizzie Lakely, joined the ITV show in 2009 and was the first blind actress to be cast as a regular in a UK soap.

Kitty appeared on the show until March 2013, when ill health forced her to leave.

Emmerdale tweeted to confirm her death, calling her "a great talent and a true inspiration" who would be fondly remembered.

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Bitter-sweet victory for corn champ Scott

Corn-on-the-cob-consuming contestants have failed to break the sweetcorn eating world record despite their "valiant efforts" in the UK championships.

Tucking into a corn-on-the-cob Credit: ITV News

Scott Powell, 28, from Castleford, West Yorkshire, was crowned corn-eating champion after finishing 10 cobs in 12 minutes at the event at York Maze.

But he could not beat the world record of 46 ears of corn set by American Jammin' Joe LaRue in 2010.

"I'm delighted to win but after that I don't think I'll be eating corn-on-the-cob for a while.

"To be honest I prefer sweetcorn, I find corn on the cob gets stuck in your teeth. However I may well enter again next year."

– Scott Powell, corn-on-the-cob eating champ

"We saw some impressive corn action with a variety of techniques on display.

"However, despite some valiant efforts, it appears there was no danger of the world record being broken. American Jammin' Joe LaRue's record of 46 ears of corn set in 2010 still stands."

– Tom Pearcy, owner of York Maze

Bradford Classic Car Show celebrates 10th anniversary

The Bradford Classic Car Show is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year with a rally. It is taking place at Bowling Park. The park has a rich heritage in rallying as it was used in the 1980s as a stage in the Cartel National Breakdown Championships.

The crowds will be entertained by live BMX stunt demonstrations from Danny Butler's stunt team and mountain bike stunt legend and all-round showman Jez Avery.

As this is the tenth anniversary of the Bradford Classic, we wanted to introduce something a bit special so decided to give people the opportunity to see some amazing rally cars in action. This event will really put the city on the motor sports map and we look forward to welcoming people from all over the country. We hope to give them a weekend to remember.

– Jonny Noble, City Centre Operations Manager
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