Friday, 24 October 2014

Leeds City Council warns residents of fake recycling competition

Leeds City Council is aware of scam which is currently running which involves residents of Leeds receiving a call supposedly from a member of Leeds City Council staff stating they have won £100 as part of recycling competition.

The council wants to stress that this competition is a scam and is not something the council is endorsing in any way.

If you are asked for your bank details on a call like this, hang up immediately and alert the council on 0113 2224406.

If you require any further information please contact the press office on
0113 3950244

Sport Leeds announces Leeds Sports Awards 2015 date

Caption: A host of Leeds's Commonwealth Games stars launch the Leeds Sports Awards alongside Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor David Congreve and Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, the council's executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills.

The city’s glamorous and glitzy sports awards will return to The New Dock Hall at the Royal Armouries on Thursday, March 5, 2015 to celebrate the achievements of Leeds’s most inspirational sporting stars.

Sport Leeds are also delighted to announce Asda as 2015 title sponsor of the Leeds Sports Awards. 

The retailer was recently voted Community Retailer of the Year for the second year running and is an active supporter of sport and volunteering across the local communities to which they serve.

Asda contributes greatly to their local communities with every single Asda Store and Depot appointing a community life colleague with dedicated time and hours to support local good causes through either fundraising or volunteering through the retailers Community Life Programme.

To welcome Asda on board the event will see the introduction of Asda’s very own ‘Sporting Hero Award’. This award will be presented to an individual within the local community who is widely recognised for their outstanding sporting contribution to the local community, whether it be through volunteering, coaching or tireless work behind the scenes.

Richard Mason, Head of Asda in the Community said “We’re proud to sponsor the Leeds Sports Awards, recognising the fantastic achievements of sporting heroes across the city. I’m especially looking forward to celebrating the real unsung heroes of our local communities who spend their time volunteering day in day out and awarding the Asda Sporting Hero Award.”

2014 is oozing with incredible sporting achievements and unforgettable moments and the awards are an ideal opportunity for Leeds to celebrate the world class sporting talent of 2014.

Last year’s event saw a record number of over 550 attendees and it is hoped that following the excitement and success of the 2014 Commonwealth Games to see a further rise in attendance figures.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills and member of the Sport Leeds Board said: 

“The Leeds Sports Awards are major highlight in the city’s sporting calendar and a chance to recognise the fantastic achievements of local athletes of all ages and abilities.

“It’s also a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the many unsung sporting heroes who work so hard behind the scenes to make sure Leeds is a city where sporting excellence can flourish.

“This has been an incredible year for sport in Leeds and one which has really seen the city come into its own both locally and on the world stage. 

"I’m really looking forward to helping to give those who have made that possible the recognition that they so thoroughly deserve.”

Members of the public will have their chance to help us find and celebrate all those inspirational and talented sports stars when nominations open in the coming weeks. Keep up to date at

If you’d enjoy the opportunity to come and salute the city’s sparkling talent at this year’s Awards Dinner or are interested in sponsoring the event email for more information or visit for tickets.


For media enquiries, please contact:

Gary McCall
Tel: 0113 245 8689

Notes to editor:

Jonathan Brownlee
“Top evening at the @LeedsSport awards. Proud to be from such a great city.”

Ali Jawad
“Can’t believe I won disabled sportsperson of the year @LeedsSport would like to thank everyone for their support :D”

Leeds Rhinos
“Hugely proud of John Ahm and his outstanding service award @LeedsSport thoroughly deserved for a lifetime commitment to sport in the city.”

Ian Kirke – Leeds Rhinos
“You see the awards such as the community based one and the disability awards and you just get inspired by people.”

 Danny Reuben – YCCC
“The event was top notch. From everyone at YCCC, congratulations on an inspiring night.”

Cyril Villiers MBE
“I was honoured to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and particularly to share the occasion with Bernard Atha.”

Sport Leeds
Sport Leeds strives to make Leeds the most active big city by creating an environment in Leeds where sport and active recreation are enjoyed by as many people as possible, and to give our city healthier budgets, healthier people and healthier futures. Leeds has a fantastic track record of sporting achievement, with contributions from not just athletes, but thousands of people from all ages and backgrounds.
To find out more about the work Sport Leeds carries out, visit

Leeds Sports Awards
The Leeds Sports Awards, held annually, celebrate sporting talent, as well as volunteers, coaches and administrators from the City of Leeds. Now in its 12th year.

Banana Kick
Established in 2008, the agency now employs 40 full-time staff and works with clients including Genting Casinos, Asda, Provident, Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Costcutter and Run For All.
Banana Kick are creative partners and event management agency of the Leeds Sports Awards for the 4th year running.

G4 reuniting to kick-off Christmas countdown in Leeds

Top caption: G4 have announced they are set to perform at the Leeds Lights switch-on.

Bottom caption: The Leeds Lights switch-on always attracts large crowds as the city begins the countdown to Christmas.

Former X Factor finalists G4 have announced they are to reform, and will give their first public live performance as a group since 2007 at this year’s must see Leeds Lights switch-on.

In what is sure to be an occasion not to be missed, the four-piece classical/operatic group will take to the stage at Victoria Gardens on Thursday 13 November in front of an estimated 15,000 strong crowd, as the city begins from 7pm its official countdown to Christmas in style by switching-on the city’s festive illuminations, which is one of the biggest lights displays in the UK.

Hosted by Heart presenters Dixie, Emma and Rich Williams, the event will also mark the beginning of an exciting time for G4 frontman Jonathan Ansell, who is set to star as Prince Charming in the Leeds Carriageworks Christmas pantomime production of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ from December.

Organised by Leeds City Council and Heart, with support from partners the Yorkshire Evening Post, other performers confirmed to appear on the night includes up and coming Yorkshire-based boy band, ‘My Forever’. They will be joined by a special performance of the popular ‘Santa’s Show Time’ which will feature special guests including Cbeebies ‘Lets’ Play’, presenter Rebecca Keatley, and an array of characters from the popular ‘Harry Potter’ books. Disney movie ‘Frozen’ has continued to wow both young and old since its release in 2013, and fans will also be able to take part in a sing-a-long to its most popular hits as part of the festivities.

Further details on other celebrities, performers and local sporting heroes who are set to appear at the switch-on will be revealed in the run-up to the night.

The Leeds Light switch-on marks the official start of the city’s ‘Magical Leeds’ campaign which will provide a number of special events and activities including the annual Christkindelmarkt on Millennium Square.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"The Leeds Light switch-on is truly one of the highlights in our city’s calendar, and it is fantastic news that G4 have announced they will be performing in public live on the night for the first time since reforming.

"Our switch-on event really is the perfect occasion for all the family to enjoy, and we can’t wait to see another large crowd gather at Victoria Gardens, where I am sure they will once again create another unforgettable, amazing atmosphere.

"We still have some very special guests to announce for the switch-on, which as always will be rounded off by the now traditional dazzling firework display."

Notes to editors:

Tickets are now available for the pantomime ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ which runs from 5 December November to 10 January 2015 at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds. Book online at or call the box office on 0113 224 3801.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Learn more about the Romans at family fun day!

Top picture caption: Can you follow the clues set by Rorius in Leeds City Museum?

Bottom picture caption: Learn more about the Romans in the fun day, which is perfect for all the family.

Step back in time and earn your Roman armour at a family fun activity day set to be held at a city museum next week.

Tying in with the popular ‘Roman Empire: Power & People’ exhibition currently being showcased at Leeds City Museum, visitors will have the opportunity during half term on Friday October 31 from 11am-3pm to take part in a range of fun activities in what promises to be a fantastic event sponsored by and run in partnership with The Grammar School at Leeds. These include having the chance to design a Roman sword, make mosaic tiles, size up Roman armour, use puppets to tell a Roman myth and for one day only, march around the museum!

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said:

"It is a real honour to be hosting the absolutely fantastic British Museum’s ‘Roman Empire: Power & People’ exhibition at Leeds City Museum, and we are really looking forward to this family day kindly supported by The Grammar School at Leeds on October 31, which promises to be both educational and great fun.

"There will be a lot to see and do on the day, ranging from the chance to see for yourself a range of interesting Roman objects and artefacts, to designing your sword and taking part in a march!"

Also featuring throughout the day will be exciting challenges set by the museum’s tiger mascot ‘Emperor Rorius Maximus’ as he chooses new recruits for the army. Find clues from Rorius around the museum, in the exhibition and other galleries, and prove how Roman you are. Prizes will be awarded for those who complete the challenge! The exhibition is fantastic for families, with a real Roman child’s sock, a Roman helmet, and many other artefacts on display.

Open until 4 January 2015, the remarkable British Museum’s ‘Roman Empire: Power & People’ touring exhibition offers some of the greatest treasures from the British Museum’s collections. These include Roman, Romano-British and Romano-Egyptian artefacts, along with items from Yorkshire’s own prized collections which give the exhibition a unique local context.

Helen Clapham, director of external relations at The Grammar School at Leeds said:

"We are very proud of our partnership with Leeds City Museum – over the last two years we’ve teamed up to develop a programme of fun and educational holiday activities for children which have proved very popular.

"Hosted at the museum our events make the most of the museum’s range of attractions to bring topics alive for young children, they are in an accessible city location and are completely free!

"We love the Romans will be extra special as it draws on some stunning pieces on loan from the British Museum for the Roman Empire: Power and People exhibition. As well as being a fun curriculum enrichment activity for key stage 2, there will be activities to entertain and inform visitors of all ages."

Notes to editors:

Roman Empire: Power & People opened to the public on 20 September and will run until 4 January 2015. The exhibition brings together over 160 stunning pieces from the British Museum to explore the story of one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen.

Highlights include sculpture from the villas of the Emperors Tiberius and Hadrian, coins from the famous Hoxne treasure, beautiful jewellery and even near-perfectly preserved children’s clothing from Roman Egypt.

Also explored in the exhibition is the wealth, power and organisation of the Empire, but also how the Romans viewed their provinces and other peoples. Religious, military and personal objects give an insight into the lives of people across the Empire, from northern Britain to Egypt and the Middle East. These fascinating objects show how the influences of the many people and places that the Romans came into contact with were absorbed and adapted into the Empire.

Full details of the exhibition, please visit with updates communicated using the #RomanEmpire hashtag via Leeds Museums and Galleries’ social media accounts on Twitter ( and Facebook (

Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum is situated in one of Leeds' much loved civic buildings - the Leeds Institute building on Millennium Square. The Leeds Institute is one of the City's most important historic buildings and was completed in 1862 by Cuthbert Brodrick, who also built Leeds Town Hall and the Corn Exchange. From the middle of the last century until 2005 it also housed the Civic Theatre where amateur theatrical groups staged public performances. It has been home to the City Museum since 2008. The City Museum is the flagship site for the service, and is home to four floors of interactive and exciting galleries showcasing the story of Leeds, as well as the Leeds Mummy and our Designated Natural History collection. In 2013-14 we attracted over 320,000 visitors to our site.

Leeds City Museum is a free attraction located just up the steps on Millennium Square in Leeds city centre.

Admission free. Mondays closed (except bank holiday Mondays 11am-5pm), Tues, Weds and Fri 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-7pm, Sat and Sun 11am-5pm.
Millennium Square, Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 8BH.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578