Reasons to be cheerful about Bradford - or why Bradford ISN'T one of the most unhappy places in the country

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: 10 reasons to be cheerful about Bradford 10 reasons to be cheerful about Bradford

Bradford the 13th unhappiest place in the country? Rubbish, says DAVID BARNETT, who offers you ten reasons to be cheerful about living in Bratfud.


Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Billy Pearce in Panto

1. Billy Pearce. Every year this titan of comic timing and early 1980s hair bestrides the stage of the Alhambra like a theatrical collossus, bringing cheeky life to the full repertoire of panto character studies - Buttons, Captain Smee, Aladdin. If Bradford was so bad he wouldn’t come back every year, would he?


Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A busker. This one can sing, though.

2. Buskers. There’s the chap in his dinner suit who plays his violin, the smiling family banging out Peruvian rhythms with brilliant timing, the (possibly) Slovakian singers with fantastic harmonies, and the chap with the guitar who on Darley Street who can’t actually sing for toffee but always raises a smile.


Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Give our regards to Broadway

3. Broadway. Not only is the Westfield shopping centre going up faster than a Lego house built by Billy Whizz after four cans of energy drink, but the creaking of the massive cranes as they lower the metal skeleton into place sounds just like Godzilla wrecking Tokyo. Win all round.


Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Surf's up!

4. The Mirror Pool. Get a bit of sun out and we flock to the City Park to dip our feet in the slowly-filling waters of the Mirror Pool. Families lounge around the edges of the gently-lapping pond. Children run laughing between the fountains. It’s just like a cross between Cannes and Rome. Exactly like that, in fact.


Bradford Telegraph and Argus: You know you make us want to shout!

5. Lulu. This is an actual-sized elephant which sits outside the Aagrah’s Midpoint suite in Thornbury. An elephant. Think about that for a bit. Lulu had that Heston Blumenthal on her back the other week. Some people say that Thornbury’s actually in Leeds. We say: Yeah? Wanna make something of it?


Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The road to Bradford

6. The M606. At two miles long it’s probably Britain’s shortest motorway. If it’s not, it should be. And it belongs to us. It’s Bradford’s. You get on it off the M62 and there’s nowhere else to go but Bradford. Come, get on the M606. Join us. You’ll never leave.


Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Who ordered the hot one?

7. Curry. Forget these johnny-come-latelies such as Leicester, Glasgow and Rusholme (surely not a contender for the crown since Morrissey was knee-high to a volume of Sylvia Plath poetry): there’s only one King of Curry and it’s Bradford. Always has been, always will be.


Bradford Telegraph and Argus: What happened to you?

8. Rodney Bewes. Rodney played Bob Ferris in The Likely Lads, and he’s from Bingley which is incredibly cool. Remember that episode where they tried to avoid finding out the result of the England football match? Have a think about that with the World Cup coming up. And smile.


Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Not idle.

9. Idle Working Men’s Club. Never not funny. Apart from the fact that Bradford was recently named fourth worst in the country for inactivity, and there are more than 16,000 people in Bradford claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance. Still. You have to laugh, eh?


Bradford Telegraph and Argus: What a smacker!

10. Gary Jones. The former captain of Bradford City, who bowed out after 100 games with the Bantams, planted a smacker on the head of tumour survivor Jake Turton at Villa Park during City’s incredible Capital One Cup run last year. Go and take a look at the picture and then tell me there’s nothing to be cheerful about in Bradford.


Email: david.barnett@telegraphandargus.co.uk
Twitter: @BarnettTandA

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11:25am Thu 22 May 14

Avro says...

Ha ha ha no commets!
Ha ha ha no commets! Avro
  • Score: 3

11:35am Thu 22 May 14

Albion. says...

Avro wrote:
Ha ha ha no commets!
Or spell checker.
[quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: Ha ha ha no commets![/p][/quote]Or spell checker. Albion.
  • Score: 5

12:46pm Thu 22 May 14

Freddy Elliot says...

Does he mean the electrical store?
Does he mean the electrical store? Freddy Elliot
  • Score: 3

1:22pm Thu 22 May 14

Andy2010 says...

If these are the top 10 reasons why Bradford is great god help us

Seriously though....Billy Pearce (who doesnt even live here) and a statue of an elephant outside a curry house

Why we havent won the city of culture just based on the above is beyond me
If these are the top 10 reasons why Bradford is great god help us Seriously though....Billy Pearce (who doesnt even live here) and a statue of an elephant outside a curry house Why we havent won the city of culture just based on the above is beyond me Andy2010
  • Score: 6

1:28pm Thu 22 May 14

stiflers mom says...

I would have offered a comment about an hour ago but i have only just picked myself up off the floor, Mr Barnett must be one of the funniest comedians of his generation you he really should be on the stage...........it leaves in in ten minutes !!!
I would have offered a comment about an hour ago but i have only just picked myself up off the floor, Mr Barnett must be one of the funniest comedians of his generation you he really should be on the stage...........it leaves in in ten minutes !!! stiflers mom
  • Score: 5

2:47pm Thu 22 May 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Going up faster than a lego house built by Billy Whizz, how long is it now 10 and a half years or is that conveniently forgotten?
Going up faster than a lego house built by Billy Whizz, how long is it now 10 and a half years or is that conveniently forgotten? Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 4

4:08pm Thu 22 May 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Andy2010 wrote:
If these are the top 10 reasons why Bradford is great god help us Seriously though....Billy Pearce (who doesnt even live here) and a statue of an elephant outside a curry house Why we havent won the city of culture just based on the above is beyond me
My favourite was the fact that Rodney Bewes is from Bingley! He starred in a TV series that was aired 20 years before I was born, I've never heard him spoken of before today but my god does he make me and everyone I know feel proud and happy about living in Bradford.
[quote][p][bold]Andy2010[/bold] wrote: If these are the top 10 reasons why Bradford is great god help us Seriously though....Billy Pearce (who doesnt even live here) and a statue of an elephant outside a curry house Why we havent won the city of culture just based on the above is beyond me[/p][/quote]My favourite was the fact that Rodney Bewes is from Bingley! He starred in a TV series that was aired 20 years before I was born, I've never heard him spoken of before today but my god does he make me and everyone I know feel proud and happy about living in Bradford. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 3

4:23pm Thu 22 May 14

Yorkshire Lass says...

So we appear to be happy because one of likely lads was from Bingley. What rubbish. The likely lads was a sitcom in the 1960's. Someone should get a grip - that's more than 50 years ago.
So we appear to be happy because one of likely lads was from Bingley. What rubbish. The likely lads was a sitcom in the 1960's. Someone should get a grip - that's more than 50 years ago. Yorkshire Lass
  • Score: 1

4:59pm Thu 22 May 14

Andy2010 says...

Im sure the person who wrote this article is actually taking the p***.
Im sure the person who wrote this article is actually taking the p***. Andy2010
  • Score: 0

8:01pm Thu 22 May 14

puddingandpi says...

Top 10 reason to be cheerful about Bradford? That I don't live there any more! I got out in 1996 & I would never, ever move back. I've visited & the atmosphere was hostile. As it was before I left. the last straw for me was being racially abused at a bus-stop. I was wearing a scarf, a duppatta, because it looked nice.
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"Oi! What are you, some sort of P*ki? You a P*ki lover? You f***ing P*ki's whore!" I was wearing a scarf. And don't say it doesn't happen any more because it does. My 20 year old brother, upon being asked by me how Bradford was: "Oh it's ok, apart from the P*kis."
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I told him, I have a deal with my older brothers. They don't give me any racist sh!t & I don't beat the cr*p out of them.
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Brighton is so laid back, it doesn't have the tension Bradford does. Bradford will always be my birthplace & my home town & I'm proud to have been born in Wibsey; home of a famous horse fair (in times past, Mediaeval times) & mentioned in the Domesday Book. But Bradford, Worstedopolis, it's best times are over & there's a sense of resentment.
Top 10 reason to be cheerful about Bradford? That I don't live there any more! I got out in 1996 & I would never, ever move back. I've visited & the atmosphere was hostile. As it was before I left. the last straw for me was being racially abused at a bus-stop. I was wearing a scarf, a duppatta, because it looked nice. . "Oi! What are you, some sort of P*ki? You a P*ki lover? You f***ing P*ki's whore!" I was wearing a scarf. And don't say it doesn't happen any more because it does. My 20 year old brother, upon being asked by me how Bradford was: "Oh it's ok, apart from the P*kis." . I told him, I have a deal with my older brothers. They don't give me any racist sh!t & I don't beat the cr*p out of them. . Brighton is so laid back, it doesn't have the tension Bradford does. Bradford will always be my birthplace & my home town & I'm proud to have been born in Wibsey; home of a famous horse fair (in times past, Mediaeval times) & mentioned in the Domesday Book. But Bradford, Worstedopolis, it's best times are over & there's a sense of resentment. puddingandpi
  • Score: 1

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