Thursday, 29 October 2009

Media Opportunity - Breeze Has Talent finals tonight

The finals of the second Breeze has talent competition will take place in the West Yorkshire Playhouse tonight. Tickets are sold out for the event in the Courtyard Theatre. Over 100 young people aged 8 to 19, auditioned for the competition in June, with 18 making it through to tonight’s final.

Members of the media are invited to attend the finals to find out who is Leeds’ most talented act this year.
Venue: Courtyard Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse
Time: 7pm

Last year’s winners, dance group The Saints, will be there to award the first prize. This will be a culmination of their own triumphant year which has seen them perform at the 2008 Christmas Light Switch On, Dansopolis and Breeze International Youth Festival as well as taking first prize in this year’s Chapeltown DanceFest. Saints are currently mentored by De Napoli Clarke of RJC Dance.

Breeze Has Talent is funded through the Find Your Talent (FYT) programme which has been creating new opportunities for children and young people, from toddlers to teenagers, to take part in arts and culture activities. As well as helping develop the Breeze programme. FYT is working with cultural and educational organisations across the city, building new partnerships which will create more opportunities for young people in the future.

For more information about activities for young people in Leeds visit www.breeze where you can also email us with ideas for what young people would like to see and do in Leeds.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council Press Office, on (0113) 2474713

Taxi marshals to keep Leeds taxi ranks safe at Christmas

Picture caption: "Councillor Les Carter, chair of Safer Leeds (left)with Andy Russell, Managing Director of AMR Security Services Ltd. who will be running the taxi marshal service."

Taxi marshals will be back on patrol at taxi ranks in Leeds city centre over the Christmas period.

The marshals will help maintain order at three taxi ranks - Leeds Railway Station, Call Lane/Corn Exchange and adjacent to the Oceana nightclub. They have been employed as part of measures to reduce disorder in the city centre in the run up to Christmas.

The initiative is led by Safer Leeds, the city’s crime and disorder reduction partnership, to ensure that members of the public leave the city centre safely after a night out.

There will be nine marshals, three at each location, from 10.30pm - 3.30am on Fridays and Saturdays from this Friday (30 October 2009) until the end of December.

The marshals will also be present on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

They will ensure that members of the public queue up in an orderly fashion whilst waiting for a taxi. They will also be in close contact with West Yorkshire police to report any issues that need police attention.

Councillor Les Carter, executive board member for community safety and chair of Safer Leeds said:
“This will be the fourth year that Safer Leeds has used Taxi Marshals over the Christmas season.

“Throughout this period, there has not been a single incident reported to the police at the ranks which have had marshals. They've been a great success with the public who tell us they've really appreciated the friendly and helpful service.

“As a city, Leeds offers great night time entertainment in the run-up to Christmas and people will be reassured to know they can enjoy themselves in safety.”

Notes to Editor
• Safer Leeds is the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) dedicated to tacking drugs and crime in the city. It is a partnership organisation between a number of local agencies including Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Police, Leeds PCT, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and West Yorkshire Police Authority.

For media enquiries please contact:
John Donegan, Leeds City Council Press Office (0113) 247 4450