A party to celebrate the final issue of the Local Leader magazine run by TSS students was held at the new Broadway Centre in Bradford on Thursday 3rd December. The farewell gathering was very well attended with key speakers, Catherine Riley, Manager of The Kirkgate Shopping Centre, Matthew Halliday, Director and Founder of Bradford Brewery and of course our very own James Slater, Editor of The Local Leader.

The Local Leader magazine was founded in November 2011 by 13 year olds James Slater and Megan Carson, as a way of celebrating Bradford’s rich and diverse history and making this accessible to everyone. James, Editor and Megan, Deputy Editor approached Mr O’Connor, Enterprise Leader at Titus Salt School with the idea of publishing a magazine and were tasked with creating a business plan. Fifteen editions later, the rest is history.

The Local Leader has been a very successful magazine in the Bradford area for over four years; Megan left the magazine due to ill health and her successor, Jordan Carroll has played a massive role in the business ever since.  James and Megan became the youngest business owners in the UK in July 2014 when they went from school project to fully-fledged business. James and Jordan, now in Year 13 both have offers from universities of their choice and inevitably this means increased time studying to get the grades they desire to pursue their chosen careers, so they took the decision that their education must come first and have made Edition 15 of the magazine their last.

Editor, James Slater said: “I speak on behalf of Megan and Jordan too, when I say that we have had an amazing time running the Local Leader. There are so many people we would like to thank, the list is endless, so to name just a few, our family and friends for their amazing support, Meryle and Ray Holland for their generosity and friendship, former Lord Mayors, Cllr Dale Smith and Cllr Khadim Hussain, Phil Robinson our History Editor, Lisa Firth our Features Editor, Mr O’Connor and many others from Titus Salt School and to everyone else who has supported us over the years and finally our readers, thank you.”