On the way to Leeds early Friday morning – 7:45 – and I call to pay respects at the memorial which I find behind a large truck being jet washed by a guy who meets my confused look with an entirely inappropriate beaming smile.

Around my the lawns of Centenary Square are being cut in the rain. The noise is loud against the morning quiet and I’m wondering why this day was chosen for these activities?

I’m wondering whom in Bradford Council believes it is a good idea to leave preparations for the service that would follow in the day three hours before and why they feel they can exclude people in the not unique position of going from Bradford to our neighbouring City for work from paying respect.