“The best thing about Leeds? That’s the atmosphere”

mike at the Leeds market working

Mike – This man work all day and then he goes home, a life he really likes.

I met Mike at the market a rainy, and cold day.  When I talk to Mike he’s sitting on a table close to his shop. This is his story.
“I’m born in Leeds and lives in Bramley right now. I like it. The best thing about Leeds is the atmosphere. It’s easy to find people to talk to and everybody is nice. Leeds is a good place to live in but I would not say that it is anything special with it. Just a nice city. Right now I’m selling DVD’s here at the market. I’ve worked at other shops before I started here.”

After a while we start to talk about what he does when he’s not at work, and a smile shows up on he’s face. 

“I just go home after work. I don’t go out actually. I like my life as it is.”


Portrait of a man working at the market

He has worked in the market as long as he can remember and he still likes it.

“I’m born in Leeds year 1966. I’ve lived here in Leeds my whole life. Right now I’m living in Bramley. I really love this place. It’s a good city to live in.

I’m working at the market, I’m selling CD’s and other stuff. I’ve done that for a really long time. The best thing about the job is that I get the opportunity to talk to people. I like to go around the market and look at the other shops. It’s a good way to socialize with my costumers and other workers.

I like to listen to music, specially music from 50’s, 60’s, and the 80’s. I’m no fan of music from the 70’s. So when I’m not working I listen to music and maybe go to some place that play good songs.”

Tyra Jansdotter 

About the Author

This article was produced by a student or students on the BA in Journalism at Leeds Beckett University.

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