Bradfordian’s enjoy a distinct identity; we are a humble folk, happy-go-luck by nature and up for a laugh. We go about our business in an unassuming way and when the time comes for a good moan we are only too happy to oblige. We are proper Yorkshire men and women. Leeds on the other hand has no identity, that’s why there is no such thing as a ‘Leedsian’. The only example of unity among Leeds folk is the cries of ‘we are Leeds’ from the Elland road terraces, which, well you know what I mean. The thing is Leeds, in becoming a ‘modern metropolitan city’ you have become faceless. We are Bradford.
Some Leeds folk may arrogantly claim to be our counties capital, but Yorkshire’s anthem, ‘On Ilkla Moor Baht’at is set here in the Bradford district, at the top of Ilkley Moor. Bradford’s landscape has inspired the great works of Hockney, Priestley, Delius, and the Bronte’s and continues to inspire new generations of creative innovators, like David and Amber from Coronation Street, and Gareth Gates from pop music. We are a city of cultural firsts. The fantastic St Georges Hall was the first concert hall built in Britain, Europe’s first mela was here in Bradford, and in 2009 we became the world’s first City of Film. Our cultural diversity is something the city prides itself on and something that Leeds must gaze upon admiringly.
Both cities were born out of the textile industry, Leeds was undeniably the king of cotton, but why have cotton when you can have wool? In politics Bradford gave birth to the Labour party. Leeds once chose Vera Duckworth as its Mayor.
Despite their relative sizes there are 3165 listed buildings in Bradford compared to 2735 in Leeds. Of the 28 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United Kingdom Bradford is home to one, Leeds none. We stand shoulder to shoulder with Pompeii and The Pyramids while Leeds has to make do with ‘urban living space’. Give me limestone over red brick any day.
Leeds is responsible for the Kaiser Chiefs.
Eating out in Leeds is about showing off, it’s about fancy décor, inflated prices and celebrity endorsements. We are not so easily fooled. Bradford doesn’t do gimmicks. Britain’s favourite dish is Curry. Britain’s official curry capital is Bradford.
Give them their due, Leeds does house some pretty damn good breweries these days but it will take a long time before we forgive them for giving us Skol. Bradford breweries just get it right; it took the best part of an afternoon to tot up all the awards given to Timothy Tailors over the years (80). Salamander are ace too, which is why Golden Salamander is also a ‘Champion Beer of Britain’.
There are 115 pubs within five miles of Leeds according to the Good Pub Guide, of those only 12 are ‘worth a visit’. There are only 32 in the same area around Bradford, eight of which are said to be ‘worth a visit’. That means that only 10.4% of the pubs in Leeds are any good, compared to one in four Bradford based pubs. Best stick to your wine bars Leeds.
(Please refer to points 1 and 7 for further evidence of why Bradford boozers are best)
I shall refrain from writing a veracious and denunciating (some big words to confuse the Leeds fans) account of Leeds United and their supporters. As a Bradford City fan I cannot however pass up the opportunity to say in print that we are the greatest team that Yorkshire’s ever seen.
Bradford is the gateway to The Dales, Leeds is the gateway to Wakefield.