The latest edition of TopicUK is now online (see menu bar). I can’t believe it is 10 years since we first launched the original TopicUK magazine covering just Wakefield. That was in 2013. We then went on to publish Kirklees/Calderdale, South Yorkshire, Leeds and even Soho in London, before we made the decision to amalgamate all editions into just one Yorkshire edition. We still have some lovely partners with us who joined us right at the beginning, we have enjoyed promoting for 10 years. Our beliefs are still the same today as they were then. We treat each partner differently, tailoring packages to suit them whether it is in the magazine, on the website, or on social media and adapt promotion to suit them not us!
Back in the 1980s when I was well, younger! Watching TOTP I never thought I would be interviewing Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley, not once, but twice (first time was a couple of years ago). Tony and his band are touring the UK and his Yorkshire stop on June 15 is at the Holmfirth Hippodrome. Tickets are still available if you’re quick. As well as tracks from his new album, Tony will also be performing Spandau classics, ‘True’, his favourite ‘Through the Barricades’ and of course ‘Gold’. You can check out the full interview on page 43.
There has been an amazing discovery in Garforth just outside Leeds. A historic cemetery has been discovered believed to be 1600 years old which will unlock the secrets of British history. You can read the full fascinating story on page 28.
I was pleased to see that Harrison Spinks, bed manufacturer from Leeds is expanding into the US market. Why? Many years ago, I was their marketing manager, so you could say I have a bit of an interest! Also of interest is the appointment of my friend Ridwana Wallace-Laher who has become the first female CEO of a major Muslim charity, read her story on page 85.
I was lucky enough to be invited to the new Gino's Restaurant Leeds on Friday, you will be able to read in the next edition, online at the end of May, what we thought of Leeds' newest restaurant.