Thursday, 13 September 2012

Leeds welcomes back Paralympics heroes

Captions from top: David Stone MBE shares a joke on stage with compere Rich Williams of 96.3 Radio Aire

- 'Hurricane Hannah' Cockroft shows her two gold medals to the crowd

- Group shot with Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Ann Castle flanked by David Stone MBE (left) and Claire Cashmore (right) with Hannah Cockroft (front left) and Ali Jawad (front right)

- Another group shot with the medals on show

- The celebratory streamers go off at the end of the event in front of Civic Hall

Leeds today welcomed back the four Paralympics GB athletes based in the city with a celebration event at Civic Hall and Millennium Square.

The event was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Ann Castle and featured appearances by double gold medallist wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft, cyclist David Stone MBE (gold and bronze winner), swimmer Claire Cashmore (two silver and a bronze) and powerlifter Ali Jawad who are all train in Leeds.

Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Ann Castle said:

“It was great to see so many people at the celebration event, thanks to everyone for coming along. It made for a lovely atmosphere which all four of our Paralympians really appreciated.

"This has been a magical few weeks for the whole country to enjoy and it has been fantastic to see Leeds and Yorkshire at the forefront of both the Olympics and Paralympics. We will always look back on London 2012 with memories of an amazing time and hope it has inspired people of all ages and especially young people to get involved in sport and realise dreams can come true.”


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, Senior communications officer,
Leeds City Council, Tel 0113 247 5472

On board with neighbourhood improvements

A neighbourhood improvement board is continuing to look at ways of transforming the local area.

At the second meeting of the Burmantofts Neighbourhood Improvement board last week, members were given an overview of the environmental work which is being taken on the Nowells and Bellbrookes estates and also about further initiatives that can help encourage the community to take pride in their neighbourhood.

The board brings together a wide range of statutory and voluntary sector partners with local councillors and the community to jointly develop solutions to improve the neighbourhood.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services:

“Keeping neighbourhoods and communities safe and clean makes people feel a sense of pride about where they live.

“ The theme of this meeting was to hear from residents about the delivery of local environmental services so that “hotspots” were discussed and service providers could respond positively.”

“These meetings provide a good outlet for members of the community, council representatives and voluntary organisations to come together and make decisions about how their local community can look and feel.”

The next board meeting will take place in October and will discuss young people, employment and training.

Notes to editors:

The board covers the areas of the Bellbrookes, Nowells, Cliftons, Sutherlands, Cliftons, Brownhills and Torres. Residents living in these areas are invited to come along and input their views and ideas about improving their neighbourhood.

If any local residents are interested in getting involved in the board, please contact Sarah May, neighbourhood manager for Burmantofts & Richmond Hill on (0113) 3367681 or via e-mail on


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