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By Mat Dale

Community-spirited Mike Clifton says his favourite part of West Leeds is his adopted town of Pudsey and here’s why…

Originally from Liverpool, Mike moved to Leeds around 1990 and has lived in Pudsey for about 20 years after moving there to be close to family and friends following his divorce.

As someone who likes to be considered as being eco-conscious and community spirited, Pudsey is proving to be a great place to live.

Mike, 53, of Broadlands Avenue, is trying to cut down on waste and use of plastics.

He shops regularly down his local high street and supporting independent businesses such as the butchers and the fruit and veg stalls at the weekly markets instead of the large chain supermarkets where a lot of products are usually sold in excessive amounts of plastic packaging.

A self-confessed family of avid readers and bookaholics, Mike and his family like to take full advantage and pleasure in regularly visiting the second hand bookstall which is also held at the local market.

Armley resident Mat Dale is taking part in the West Leeds Dispatch community reporters training course.


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