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Mel B wins TV personality award

X Factor judge Mel B has scooped an award for her starring role in the TV singing contest.

Mel B on the X Factor Credit: ITV

The Leeds-born former Spice Girl was named top TV personality at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards, held at London's One Mayfair tonight, which recognised her popularity on the ITV show's judging panel.

Chart-topping former X Factor contestant Ella Henderson, who is from Tetney , near Grimsby, got the Ultimate UK Music Artist.

Ella Henderson

"It means a lot. Everything has been so crazy and busy lately so to be back in the UK and get dressed up for the night, it's great.

"It's all about women and glamour, and to receive something for my music, I feel very proud tonight."

– Ella Henderson


Bradford Odeon to become live music venue

One of the most famous landmarks on Bradford's skyline, the Odeon Cinema building, will be transformed into a live music venue after the council voted in favour of developers' plans.

Big name acts have already pledged their support for "Bradford live" , who say they will spend £18m on a refurbishment which will restore features of the original theatre, thought to have been lost forever. Victoria Whittam reports.

"Live At Leeds" wins national award

The team behind " Live at Leeds" , Futuresound Events is celebrating after winning a national UK Festival Award for Best Metropolitan Festival.

Live at Leeds festival

The star-studded ceremony last night at London’s Roundhouse was presented by Huey Morgan.

The Live at Leeds festival beat off competition from Sheffield's Tramlines, Slam Dunk, Liverpool Sound City, The Great Escape and The Whitby Goth Weekend to take the award.

“This is a fantastic way to round off 2014. Live at Leeds has been a huge challenge for us to put together over past 8 years but it is worth it when you get recognition from the industry like this and when you see bands we have hosted take off internationally.

"LAL is one of the most satisfying and rewarding things we do at Futuresound Events.

"Getting this Award is a credit to the hard work of the team at Live At Leeds and to all the people who have been involved over the years, particularly within the city.”

– Colin Oliver, Founder of Live at Leeds


Sheeran's album X sells a million

Yorkshire-born chart star Ed Sheeran is celebrating his second million-selling album after his latest release hit the sales landmark.

Yorkshire chart star Ed Sheeran is celebrating his second million-selling album Credit: Press Association

The album X, which spent two months at the top of the charts, was the follow up to his debut +.

Sales figures from the Official Charts Company show it sold more than one million copies across all formats.

That puts it alongside other million-sellers including Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events and Adele's 21.

Sheeran, who is from Halifax, also celebrated a US number one with X, and said he was "buzzing" at the news.

Sheeran, who recently announced plans to headline Wembley Stadium with just his guitar and an effects pedal, claims the secret to his success is that he appeals to fans who feel they do not fit in.

Santa Claus is coming to town

With Christmas just around the corner, Leeds Museums and Galleries have put together a magical festive programme of events and activities not to be missed.

Father Christmas meets some youngsters at Temple Newsam House Credit: Leeds City Council

Venues set to open their doors with more than a slice of Christmas cheer and family fun include; Temple Newsam House, Lotherton Hall, Abbey House Museum, Leeds City Museum, Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds Industrial Museum, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds Discovery Centre and Thwaite Mills Watermill.

An event that needs no introduction is the much loved ‘500 years of Christmas’ at historic Temple Newsam House on the weekend of 13 and 14 December.

Visitors can enjoy a Tudor banquet display, Tudor carol karaoke, Jane Austen music, Victorian merry making, carol singers, and a secret wonderland journey to see the one and only Santa Claus!

Despite his extremely busy schedule, Santa has also agreed to be at Temple Newsam House from 16-20 December from 1.30pm-4pm to meet with children and hear what they would like to receive for Christmas.

On the 21 December from 2pm-4pm, the Leeds Waits will also be holding their annual celebration for the 1622 owner of Temple Newsam House, as part of ‘Sir Arthur Ingram’s Christmas’. Audience participation is essential, in what is a prefect event to get into the festive mood.

Also hosting a special Christmas party this year is Leeds City Museum on Saturday 6 December. A range of sparkling activities and performances will be on offer for people of all ages to enjoy from 11am-3pm.

The fantastic surroundings of Abbey House Museum are always a lovely place to visit throughout the year, and this Christmas, it will also be the home to a very special Santa’s Grotto. Open on a number of dates in the run-up to the big day including Christmas Eve, admission is £4 and includes a present. The Grotto will accompany crafts, music and fun in Abbey House’s Victorian Streets.

Across the road from Abbey House Museum are the picturesque 12th century Cistercian ruins of Kirkstall Abbey, and on Sunday 14 December from 2pm-3pm, The Heritage Singers will return for their popular Christmas concert, where joining in is always a must!

If you have wondered how the Victorians celebrated Christmas, Thwaite Mills Watermill will show you how and also reveal a few secrets on Sunday 7 December from 1pm-3pm at their Victorian family Christmas event. There will be lots of hands on activities throughout the day and the chance to design and decorate your own traditional gingerbread decoration.

If the thought of Christmas shopping on a Saturday fills you with dread, Lotherton Hall have the perfect event to relax and escape the rush on 13 December from 11am-4pm. On offer will be live music, Christmas crafts, children’s entertainment and much more.

This year marks the start of the First World War one hundred years ago, and the Leeds Discovery Centre will be holding a poignant event exploring how Christmas was for those in 1914 on Saturday 13 December from 10am -12noon. Learn more about Princess Mary’s gift boxes for soldiers fighting in the war, and through pieces from the Leeds Museums and Galleries collection, see the differences between a soldier’s Christmas and one at home.

A range of family art activities will also be on offer from Saturday 20 December -17 January at Leeds Art Gallery, where there will be the chance to find out more about British mythical animals.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:"Christmas is always a very special time of the year, and once again Leeds Museums and Galleries are offering a fantastic programme of events and activities that are perfect for all the family.

"All of our sites will be providing a wealth of family fun, and if this was not enough, there are a range of fantastic gifts available at our museums and galleries shops, which can also be bought online."

Events at Leeds Museums and Galleries form part of ‘Magical Leeds’ which is providing a variety of brilliant events across the city is this year. To find out more about ‘Magical Leeds’, please see

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