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Young Leeds defender joins Guiseley on loan

Leeds United centre-back Jake Skelton has joined Guiseley in a month-long loan deal.

The highly-rated teenager has represented United from under-10s level through to the development squad and was included in Leeds’ first-team squad for their pre-season training camp in Italy after impressing former head coach David Hockaday.

Meanwhile, young Leeds defender Lewie Coyle has seen his loan spell with Harrogate Town cut short through injury.

Coyle has been forced to cut short his one-month loan deal with the North Yorkshire side after suffering a broken metatarsal.

Guiseley to play fourth consecutive play-off final

Conference North club Guiseley will be hoping it is fourth time lucky as they attempt to reach the Conference Premier - the fifth tier of English football.

The Lions have qualified for the playoffs for the past three seasons but have fallen at the final hurdle on each occasion.

Now under the guidance of former Bradford defender Mark Bower, Guiseley hope their fortunes will change when they travel to favourites Altrincham tomorrow:

Ballroom couple tie the knot

An octogenarian couple from West Yorkshire who met through a newspaper advert are getting married today.

Peter Russel, 82, and Mikki Godden , 87, met eight years ago when Mikki saw an advert from a man wanting someone to teach him ballroom dancing.

Shortly after meeting they fell in love. They had both previously been married and widowed.


Concern over school expansion plans

Plans to expand schools are causing concern Credit: Joanna Rattray

Residents in Guiseley have turned out in force to register their opposition to proposals to expand two schools in the town. Leeds City Council has estimated that between now and 2015/16 the demand for primary places in Leeds will increase by 11,745 (or 1496 reception places).

It is currently consulting on proposals to meet this growing demand. But parents and people living near Guiseley Infant and Nursery School and St Oswald’s C of E Junior School have expressed their anger at the lack of information they claim has been provided to them by the council.

They have formed the Guiseley Infant and Nursery School (GINS) Action Group to coordinate their opposition. Nick Emmel, speaking on behalf of the group, said:

“We are convinced that these plans neither deliver the right number of primary school places in the right location, nor do they take into account the needs of the children, local residents or businesses."

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said:

“Ensuring we have enough school places for all children and young people is a high priority in Leeds and we have been working hard to mitigate the impact of rising pupil numbers across the city.

We are listening to all views throughout the consultation and we will be taking any concerns raised into account. The consultation is still ongoing so we’d encourage people to come to the drop in session to find out more, ask questions and let us know their views.”

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