Friday, 5 November 2010

Remembrance tributes led by Lord Mayor

A tribute will be led by the Lord Mayor of Leeds next weekend as service men and women who lost their lives in conflict are remembered.

Lord Mayor Councillor Jim McKenna will be joined by hundreds of people as he lays a wreath at the war memorial on Sunday 14 November in Victoria Gardens.

A procession will leave Civic Hall at 10.50am and finish at Victoria Gardens where a number of wreaths will be laid, including one by the Lord Mayor on behalf of the people of Leeds to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.

Ex-service men and women plus members of ex-service organisations will form up in Cookridge Street next to the Radisson Hotel by 10.30am before marching to the Cenotaph.

The wreaths will commemorate lives lost in wars since World War One, including World War Two, the Falklands, the two Gulf Wars, and conflicts in Bosnia, Rwanda and Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

At 11am there will be two minute's silence after which a bugler will sound the Last Post.

After the service the Lord Mayor and civic representatives will proceed to the front of the Town Hall where a salute and march past will take place.

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Jim McKenna said:

“It is important to remember those who have lost their lives in battle. Remembrance Sunday is a time to reflect upon and remember those who have been killed in conflict since World War One and the sacrifice they made for us.“

Amongst those joining the Lord Mayor in the parade will be the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dr Ingrid Roscoe the Honorary Recorder Judge Peter Collier QC and the political party groups from Leeds City Council.

The Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Patrick Davey will attend a service at Tingley War Memorial Bradford Road Tingley at 2.15pm and lay a wreath.

Notes to editors
There will be various event happening across the region, organised by the British Legion and all commemorating those fallen in conflict. For details of local services contact the Royal British Legion on 0113 256 4477.

Amongst those who will be on Parade are the Royal Naval Reserve, Leeds University Officers' Training Corps, RAF Church Fenton, Leeds Sea Cadets, The Rifles, Royal Artillery and The British Red Cross.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Young Leeds songwriters write their way into national competition

(Issued by Leeds City Council on behalf of Interplay.)

Picture caption: "Young songwriter Emma Shackleton practices her song."

Young learners on Interplay’s Tools for the Trade program are celebrating this week after discovering a song they wrote and recorded as part of their vocational learning program has been shortlisted for the semi-finals of the Young Songwriters competition, a nationwide contest for talented young people.

But they only have two days to get as many votes for their track as possible.

Emma Shackleton, 15, wrote the song ‘Wave Goodbye’ and recorded it with five other young people who played bass, drums, keyboard and provide backing vocals in the recording studio at Interplay in Armley. Emma is hoping that the local community will help them to score a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a top London recording studio and work with leading music industry professionals by making it in to the Top 4 tracks of the competition.

Young people who attend Interplay work closely with artists to tell their stories and Emma’s song is a great example of the powerful nature of the arts and the ability to overcome problems in life by creating music. The song is a positive reflection on a sad experience she had and explains how she picked up the pieces of her life and is moving on.

Emma was thrilled to be a part of the competition: “I’m so excited about it, I’ve never been in a competition before and it will be a really big step for me if we win!”

Before coming to Interplay Emma lacked self-belief in her music and her singing. Through attending Interplay’s Tools for the Trade, a vocational course for young people who access alternative learning provision, she has worked closely with
professional artists and experienced youth workers who have encouraged her and given her the confidence to share her music with an audience.

The public can now choose their four favourite songs from entries across the UK by text and telephone voting this week, which will then go on to be recorded at Mark Knopfler’s recording studio with leading music industry professionals. People can then downloaded the finalists’ songs from between 22 November – 12 December, with the most-downloaded being crowned the winner.

Pauline Clarke, fundraiser for Barnardo’s, is calling on people to get behind the entrants. She said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity to give local children a chance to record their songs with leading musicians at a top recording studio. It’s also a great way for people to support Barnardo’s work with vulnerable and disadvantaged children. Please vote!”

Emma and the Tools for the Trade students are appealing to the public to help them to the finals this week by calling 0901 293 95 and then 23 or texting YSC 23 to 88010.* Voting takes place from 1-6 November, calls and texts cost £1 and all proceeds go to Barnardo’s who support vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

To listen to the song, visit:

For interviews, photos or further information, please contact Lucy Scott, on 0113 263 8556 or e-mail:

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Interplay are a charity based in Armley in Leeds who engage children and young people with the arts and help them break down barriers to learning. Using film, radio, music and theatre as a tool of engagement artists work with young people who have sensory needs, or come from social or economically deprived backgrounds. Interplay’s ethos is that everybody has a story to tell and the artists role is to unlock the story from young people with profound and often a range of emotional issues, complex communication needs and disabilities.

Tools for the Trade is a vocational program which provides offsite learning options for pupils aged 14-16 who are facing barriers to education. The majority of learners on the program are referred to Interplay through the Youth Offending Team, Connexions, Specialist Inclusion Learning Centres and Behavioural Units, and often come from a care background.

The aims of the Young Songwriter’s Competition is to raise awareness of the young talent in the UK and encourage them to realise their full potential. The competition is designed to allow the creativity in children to be used in a positive way, to showcase their talents and help fundraise for Barnardo’s, who are committed to helping abused, vulnerable and neglected children.

Update on Lovell Park Road Bridge maintenance

The Inner Ring Road won't be fully closed this weekend, however the eastbound carriageway will be closed between Westgate and North Street on Sunday 7 November between 7.30am and 3.30pm with a contraflow in operation using the westbound carriageway.

This will be the last closure of the Inner Ring Road before Christmas. Lovell Park Road will remain closed to traffic until after Christmas.

Further information is available on the Lovell Park website.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450