Wednesday, 13 April 2011

World record success for Spiceworld exhibition in Leeds

The exhibition devoted to the Spice Girls currently on display at Leeds City Museum has successfully become a world record holder.

The collection of memorabilia and merchandise from collector Liz West on show devoted to the most successful girl band of all time which makes up ‘Spiceworld: The exhibition’ was officially counted last weekend in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record.

The result of 2,066 items was comfortably higher than the previous best of approximately 1,000 making it officially the biggest number of Spice Girls items in a collection together anywhere in the world. With only items related to the group able to qualify for the count, it meant the items on display from the group’s solo careers were not able to be considered.

Since the free exhibition opened at the Leeds City Council-managed museum off Millennium Square at the end of January, over 25,000 people have visited to see the range of outfits worn by the group as well as accessories, platinum discs, books, magazines and dolls sourced from all over the world.

Spice Girls memorabilia collector Liz West said:

“It is fantastic to break the record and I am really pleased that we did it at Leeds City Museum as part of the exhibition.

“Everything went really well with the count and a special thank you to all the Leeds Metropolitan University students and volunteers who took time out of their weekend to help.”

Leeds City Museum curator of exhibitions Helen Langwick said:

“We are delighted that Leeds City Museum has played its part in breaking a Guinness World Record. The exhibition has gone really well so far and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to it in the coming weeks.”

Running until Sunday 3 July, ‘Spiceworld: The exhibition’ is free to enter and celebrates the success of the Spice Girls as well as examining what it takes to be a modern celebrity.

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Notes to editors:

The Spice Girls are Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham (née Adams) who quickly became known by the nicknames Scary, Baby, Sporty, Ginger and Posh.

Following the impact of debut single ‘Wannabe’ which topped the charts in 31 countries in 1996, the Spice Girls enjoyed phenomenal success selling over 80 million records worldwide, having nine UK number one singles, starring in their own feature film and creating the ‘girl power’ mantra which is credited with inspiring a generation of girls and women to achieve.


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Further success as another landlord prosecuted

The 23nd prosecution case of a Leeds landlord for failing to licence a licensable property has proved successful.

Craig Parkin appeared at Leeds Magistrates court on 7 April, where he pleaded guilty to two offences. He was fined £1500 and was ordered to pay Leeds City Council costs of £2354.40.

Mr Parkin represented himself, and pleaded guilty to both offences, stating that he was unaware that theses two properties were in the selective licence area.

Since the start of the scheme across Cross Gates and East End Park, the selective licensing team at Leeds City Council have received 542 applications for selective licences and issued 469 licences , as well as taking 23 successful prosecutions against 11 different landlords.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods and housing, said:

“Our selective licence team have done an exceptional job over the last few months, managing to successfully prosecute a number of landlords, and also ensure that properties throughout the chosen area are adhering to the licensing rules.

“This prosecution is yet a further example of the councils determination to pursue and prosecute landlords under the Selective Licensing provisions who choose to defy the provisions.”

Notes to editors:

In May 2009 the Secretary of State granted Leeds City Council permission to introduce Selective licensing under the provisions of Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004 in specific areas of Cross Green and East End Park. From the 1st of October 2009 Selective Licensing came into force. Under the Act any person, owner or landlord who is in control of a property which is being let /rented out within the Selective Licensing Area of Cross Green and East End Park must apply for a licence. The cost of the five year licence is normally £525 which equates to approximately £2.00 per week over a five year period.

Where a landlord holds a current HMO Licence for a property within the Selective Licence Area they do not need to apply for a further Licence under the Selective Licensing provisions. Under the provisions of Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004 any landlord, owner or person in control of a property which is being let who fails to obtain a licence could be prosecuted which could lead to a fine of up to £20,000.00.


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