Foodies and Football Fans

A big thanks to Leeds’s foodies and football fans for their great response to the NUJ volunteers on an early evening leafleting mission in the city centre.

Tonight being the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Oliver awards, the paper’s blue riband night for Leeds’s restaurateurs, the joint chapel thought it would be rude if a couple of members didn’t show their faces.

So a three-strong team braved the Dark Arches chill to dish out strike leaflets to the black-tied and ball gowned guests turning out for the Olivers.

Nearly all took a leaflet, and those that didn’t were unfailingly polite, so thanks to all for that. Unfortunately the volunteers missed the YEP editor, Paul Napier, and so our invite inside for a warm and a glass of bubbles went by-the-by. Nevermind, there’s always the next time.

As the Oliver-goers filed past, hundreds of lads (and the odd lass) were travelling the same route, heading for Leeds’s home game with Yeovil. A bonus opportunity for the YEP, in particular, to reach loads of its readers, as Leeds United stories always top that paper’s readership charts.

Earlier in the day, the YP/YEP building was solidly picketed from early doors, the mood as sunny as the weather, the strike looking after itself, members coming and going throughout the day without the need for a rota.

A nice touch from some of the YEP’s younger members, who set up camp on the traffic island opposite the main entrance to the car park. Some of them are in their mid-30s, and will no doubt be pleased to hear Pete Laz look over and say ‘look at that lot. Not one of them a day over 25.’ Best wishes also to the YP team who were waved off on their mission elsewhere.

Big push tomorrow and the President is in town. Let’s make it a strike day to remember, then lift the roof off The Adelphi with our AGM celebrations.

Until then, take it easy. Rich.

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