Thursday, 14 November 2013

City Ambassadors call for BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards

A recruitment drive has begun to find volunteers to become Leeds City Ambassadors to help with the smooth running of next month’s prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

Leeds City Council and its partners are calling on volunteers to assist with the flagship annual BBC awards event which will see some of the biggest names in world sport come to the city for the show at the new first direct arena on Sunday 15 December.

As City Ambassadors the volunteers will be part of the team managing the high-profile event, meeting and greeting people, helping them get to the arena and giving a Leeds welcome as they arrive in the city centre between 5-7pm. At the end of the show the ambassadors will also have a role to play in assisting the audience as it leaves the venue between 10-11pm. Those interested can choose either or both time slots.

Anyone keen in taking part can express their interest by emailing by Wednesday 27 November 2013. Those selected will then be invited to a training and induction event at Leeds City Museum on Wednesday 4 December from 4-6pm. A full briefing will be given and clothing will also be provided.

The City Ambassadors were out in force earlier this summer for the opening events held at the first direct arena, drawing widespread praise for their part in helping make the opening a major success.

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield said:

“Our City Ambassadors were one of the reasons the opening of the arena was so successful this summer. Their warm welcome to visitors helped create a really special atmosphere and absolutely showed Leeds at its best.

“BBC Sports Personality of the Year is another huge event that the city is really proud to be hosting, so we are asking the ambassadors to help make sure it is just as big a success for Leeds. Plus some of the biggest names in British and world sport will be in Leeds for the show so you never know who you might see that night.”

Further Leeds City Ambassador events will be announced in the coming months - go to for more details.


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde,
Leeds City Council press office,
Tel 0113 247 5472

Prints by Rembrandt set to be displayed at Temple Newsam House

Caption: Temple Newsam House will be showcasing prints and etchings by artist Rembrandt van Rijn. (Image: Self-portrait, signed and dated Rembrandt f. 1633, Haarlem. Second state of two, B17. Copyright: Leeds Museums and Galleries and licensed under Creative Commons BY NC SA.)

A rare selection of prints by celebrated artist Rembrandt van Rijn are set to be displayed at Temple Newsam House as part of this season’s winter/spring exhibition in Leeds. This exciting exhibition will consist of two displays; the first will examine Rembrandt portraits and figure studies, while the second will exhibit an intricate selection of biblical prints.

The first instalment of the exhibition ‘Portraits and People’ will run from 19 November 2013 – 30 March 2014 and will showcase Rembrandt’s early prints of people which highlight how he developed both his technique and interest in depicting emotion. Key works will include a selection of Rembrandt’s iconic self-portraits, etchings of his wife Saskia and a selection of his traveller and beggar studies.

To coincide with Easter, the second part of the exhibition will focus on ‘Rembrandt and the Bible’.

Opening on 8 April 2014 - 20 July 2014, Rembrandt’s series of etchings illustrating stories from both the Old and New Testament will be showcased. Set to feature will be Rembrandt’s most ambitious etching ‘The Hundred Guilder Print’ and a series of prints depicting the life of Christ.

This exhibition offers an amazing opportunity to view these rarely seen etchings from the collection of Leeds Art Gallery in the spectacular surroundings of Temple Newsam House. The dual aspect of this exhibition examines two of the key influences of Rembrandt’s prints and allows these exceptional works of art to be brought out of storage and shown to the public.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"It is fantastic that as part of this new Rembrandt exhibition, the prints of one of the world’s most famous artists will be displayed at Temple Newsam House.

"Set in two parts, this exhibition really does promise to be something special and will provide a telling insight into both Rembrandt’s life and work."

Notes to editors:

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606 – 1669) is one of the most important painters and the greatest printmaker the world has ever seen. Throughout his career as a painter he also made around 300 etchings and drypoint prints quickly leaning the technical skill and virtually recreating this art form. His impact and contribution to printmaking is so significant that it is still reflected in etchings produced today.

Temple Newsam House is a splendid Tudor Jacobean mansion, renowned as being the birthplace of Henry Lord Darnley, Mary Queen of Scots’ infamous husband. The House itself has over forty beautifully restored rooms and outstanding collections of fine and decorative art, along with a changing exhibition programme. Set within an Estate of 1500 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, Temple Newsam boasts paths and trails for cycling, walking and riding, an 18th century Walled Garden and national plant collections. Home Farm also holds a variety of rare breed animals and in the Stable Courtyard there is also a Tea Room serving locally sourced food, a large gift shop and Mrs Pawson’s local produce shop.

Address: Temple Newsam Road, Leeds LS15 0AD
Telephone Number: 0113 3367460
Website Address:

House Winter Opening Times: Tues-Sun 10.30am-4pm
Closed Christmas Eve from 1pm and Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
House Summer Opening Times: Tues-Sun 10.30am-5pm

Directions: 4 miles from Leeds City Centre off B6159, 2 miles from M1, junction 46.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Primary school pupils get visit from Rugby League World Cup 2013 stars

New Zealand players (L-R) Krisnan Inu, Shaun Johnson, Roger Tuivasa and Kevin Locke with pupils from St Nicholas Catholic Primary School

Rugby League World Cup 2013 stars went back to school this week to encourage pupils to try extra hard with their reading.

Four members of the New Zealand squad took a break from preparations for Friday night’s crunch quarter final with Scotland at Headingley Carnegie stadium to visit St Nicholas Catholic Primary School on Oakwood Lane in Gipton.

Current word champions Krisnan Inu, Roger Tuivasa, Shaun Johnson and Kevin Locke helped the youngsters with their reading during the visit on Tuesday morning.

Pupils decorated the school with balloons and New Zealand flags to welcome the Kiwis, who were visiting off the back of their team’s victory against Papua New Guinea last week, which was watched by 18,180 thrilled spectators at Headingley.

Headteacher Paul Lawson said pupils were really excited to meet the players.

He said: “Anything that can inspire children to read is of great worth. For our children to see such high profile sports people who think that reading is important and enjoyable can only be of great help.”

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure, said:

“There’s been such a huge buzz around the Rugby League World Cup games here in Leeds and I’m sure the atmosphere at Friday’s match will be electric.

“But it’s also great to know that once the tournament is over, projects like this school visit and the many other fantastic events that have taken place will ensure the World Cup has really made its mark on Leeds and will leave behind a lasting and memorable legacy.”

Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council’s executive member for children’s services, added:

“Having high profile stars like the New Zealand players coming into schools always makes a huge impression on children and helps to reinforce the importance of reading and learning in a way that is fun and exciting for our pupils.

“The Rugby League World Cup has not only had a massive impact on the city’s sports community, but also, through the amazing work that has been done with local schools and young people’s groups, it has also ensured that children from around Leeds have been given an added incentive to learn, both now and in the future, by some of their sporting heroes.”

The Rugby League World Cup 2013 quarter final will take place at Headingley Carnegie on Friday, kicking off at 8pm.
Tickets are available from the ticket office at Headingley Carnegie Stadium and the Leeds Visitor Centre at Leeds Railway Station.

Leeds Visitor Centre is open Monday 10am - 5.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday 9am - 5.30pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm. For more information please visit the website, email, or telephone 0113 242 5242.

Tickets can also be purchased by visiting or by calling the 24 hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.

For more details, contact:

Stuart Robinson
Communications Officer
Leeds City Council
Tel: 0113 224 3937