Monday, 23 August 2010


During a routine excavation on Bennett Road, close to its junction with Otley Road in Headingley, utility company workers discovered a large, deep cavity beneath the the surface of the road.
As an urgent safety precuation, West Yorkshire Police have closed the outbound carriageway on Otley Road.
Engineers are now on site to assess the extent of the problem but the road will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Motorists are advised to find alternative routes as severe congestion is expected.
People should monitor BBC Radio Leeds for the latest information.

Back the bid by wearing your shirt to work

Caption: Leeds City Council leader Keith Wakefield and councillors go to work in their shirts to back England's 2018 World Cup bid

On Tuesday 24th August England 2018 is staging a national ‘Wear Your Shirt To Work Day’ to mark 100 days to go until England finds out if its bid to host the FIFA World Cup™ has been successful.

On the day, people across the country will be swapping their regular work attire for their favourite football strip to demonstrate their support for England’s World Cup Bid.

England captain, and England 2018 ambassador, Rio Ferdinand has encouraged everyone to get their shirts on:
“Wear Your Shirt To Work Day is a great chance for the entire country to get together as one team and back the bid. I can’t wait to see so many people wearing their football shirts to work!”

Ray Winstone has also been keen to support ‘Wear Your Shirt To Work Day’:
“I want to see everyone wearing their colours with pride and getting behind England’s World Cup Bid. “It’s not just 11 players who wear the shirt. It’s thousands of proud Englishmen…so wear yours.”

‘Wear Your Shirt To Work Day’ is supported by Candidate Host Cities and local counties across the country as well as England 2018 partners including Morrisons, BT and British Airways.

Back the Bid Week was launched by England 2018 Vice-President, David Beckham and is running until Thursday 26th August. The week will feature a range of events and activity involving Host Cities, ambassadors, clubs, players and the public all over England before and during the FIFA Inspection Team’s technical evaluation of the bid (23rd – 26th August).

More than 1.5 million fans have now officially pledged their support at including some of England’s most famous faces from the world of sport and entertainment such as David Beckham, Lewis Hamilton Noel Gallagher, Paul the Octopus, Ray Winstone and Robbie Williams.

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Notes to Editors
England 2018 World Cup Bid
· The World Cup Bid was officially launched in May 2009 at Wembley Stadium with support from all three major political parties.

· England is one of five competitors bidding to host the 2018 tournament and one of eight bidding to host the 2022 tournament. The decision for both tournaments will be announced in Zurich in December 2010

· If England won the right to stage either the 2018 or 2022 World Cups FIFA would make a final decision on the Host Cities, stadia and facilities involved.

· The following Candidate Host Cities will be included in the England 2018 World Cup Bid: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle/Gateshead, Nottingham, Plymouth, Sheffield and Sunderland.

· Personalities from the worlds of sport, politics, music, television and Royalty have ‘Backed the Bid’, including: HRH Prince William; England stars Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and David Beckham; Formula One champs Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button; Robbie Williams, Noel Gallagher and Sting.

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An art felt exhibition

Picture caption: Leeds Musuem's British Wall Hanging created around 1830 – 1840 by an unknown artist

In celebration of Yorkshire’s history as a powerhouse of wool and textiles production an exhibition is bringing together significant works of art from across Europe and Britain for the first time.

The major textiles show comes to Leeds Art Gallery from Friday 27th August and showcases historical art created from woollen cloth off-cuts with museum loans from Bautzen, Dresden, Altenburg, Hamburg, Cardiff, Glasgow and Berlin.

The “Inlaid Patchwork in Europe from 1500 to the Present Day” exhibition has been a huge hit in Berlin and Vienna and its residency in Leeds will be the only appearance in Britain.

Stunning examples of historical hangings and covers will be on display all made using a special inlaid patchwork technique Рheavy, felted woollen cloth is inlaid and stitched together with embroidery and appliqu̩ to create incredible designs.

Horsemen, decorative flowers, religious motifs and even 19th century celebrities all feature on the textiles telling stories or representing important historical and cultural events.

A highlight of the exhibition is Leeds Museums and Galleries’ own example of the inlaid technique, which was created by a 19th century tailor.

Natalie Raw Leeds City Council’s curator of costume and textiles said:

“The origins of the Leeds hanging are a mystery, what is exciting is that the images and design raise a number of questions – was it a tailor just showing off his skills, or was he using it to make a statement in support of political reform at the time of the Great Reform Act of 1832?

“What sets these textiles apart is they were made from off-cuts of woollen cloth from the tailoring industry, including from military uniform cloth, and that it was usually men not women who created them.”

Given Yorkshire in the 19th century was a world leader in wool production and export it is possible the cloth used in many of the textiles displayed in the exhibition once started life in the area.

The exhibition, put together by the Museum of European Cultures – National Museums in Berlin, will be accompanied by special events such as study days, for those wishing to find out more about the exhibition and patchwork techniques. There will also be a series of schools’ workshops and a three-day artist’s residency during the October half-term in the Gallery’s Artspace.

Note to Editors

• High resolution press images are available

• Leeds Art Gallery’s 2010 exhibition programme is being supported by The Arts Council

• Admission to Leeds Art Gallery is free

• Admission times:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10am -5pm
Wednesday 12 -5pm
Sunday 1pm – 5pm


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