Tuesday, 4 February 2014

New logo launched to help Leeds celebrate Le Tour

Caption: The new Leeds cycling logo (above) and top image Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield (left) and Leeds City Council cycling champion Cllr Roger Harington (right) with a new banner showing the logo at Leeds Town Hall

A new brand to help promote cycling and the Tour de France Grand Départ in Leeds has been officially revealed today.

The brand and striking logo consisting of a silhouette of the Leeds skyline featuring some of the most recognisable buildings in the city and the slogan ‘Leeds – cycling starts here’ has been created by Leeds City Council to celebrate the city hosting the start of the world’s largest annual sporting event on Saturday 5 July.

The distinctive brand will appear around the city on banners and promotional dressing as Leeds gets ready for the Tour de France Grand Départ, and can also be used by businesses, schools and local communities to allow all parts of the city to prepare for and celebrate Le Tour.

The brand has been created to honour the hosting of the start of the Grand Départ, but will also be used in association with other cycling–related events and activities to be held specifically in Leeds before and after this summer.

The logo has been designed to sit alongside and complement both the official Tour de France Grand Départ branding and the ‘Cycle Yorkshire’ brand, which is focused on the long-term legacy of hosting the Tour de France across the whole of the county.

The Leeds logo uses the colour yellow which is synonymous with the Tour de France race leader’s iconic yellow jersey. It also features a special skyline silhouette featuring some of the city’s most famous buildings such as Leeds Town Hall, Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds Minster and the University of Leeds Parkinson Building. Also recognised are recent major additions to the city’s architecture in the forms of the new first direct arena and the Trinity Leeds shopping complex.

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield said:

“With this brand we wanted to create something unique for Leeds to demonstrate the immense pride we feel as the start city for this year’s Tour de France. The Grand Départ is going to be like nothing the city has ever seen before and we want everyone in Leeds to be part of the excitement as we build up to July.

“The logo looks very distinctive and modern, with the skyline celebrating both the history of Leeds as well as its future, and we hope it will prove popular across the city for people to identify with around the Grand Départ and other cycling events and activities to come.”

For more information on how to access the ‘Leeds – cycling starts here’ branding and logo, email granddepartleeds@leeds.gov.uk.

For the latest information on the Grand Départ visit www.yorkshire.com/le-tour-yorkshire or follow @letouryorkshire on Twitter.

Notes to editors:
The 2014 Tour de France begins in Leeds on Saturday 5 July, with stage one taking the riders 190kilometres to Harrogate.

Stage two on Sunday 6 July is 200km from York to Sheffield, while stage three on Monday 7 July is 159km from Cambridge to London.

It is estimated that 98 per cent of the population of Yorkshire will be within an hour of the route during its two days in the county, with the economic benefit expected to be in excess of £100m.


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde,
Leeds City Council press office,
Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk

Council leader writes to Football League

The leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield, has written the following letter to the Football League to request that all necessary action is taken to properly assess any potential owners of Leeds United AFC:

I write to you on behalf of Leeds City Council, the citizens of Leeds and fans and supporters of Leeds United from all around the world.

We have noted with dismay events over the course of the last few days at Leeds United AFC. Since Friday there has been much speculation, negativity and, seemingly, some very unprofessional actions by one potential bidder for the club leading to some quite strange and bizarre actions during the course of the weekend.

Like all Leeds United fans we want to ensure that any potential new owners invest for the right reasons and bring stability to the club upon which we can then hopefully build future success.

I am sure the Football League want to achieve the same objective and I therefore implore you as governing body of the league to ensure that all necessary action is taken to properly assess and vet any potential new owner(s). It is critically important for the city and all fans of Leeds United that any new owners are robustly and thoroughly vetted to ensure that they pass, without doubt or exception, the fit and proper person test.

We look forward to your support in this endeavour and in ensuring that any new person(s) involved in our club provide a sound basis for achieving future sustainability and success.

Should you require any further support or assistance from the Council on this matter please do not hesitate to contact me,

Yours sincerely

Councillor Keith Wakefield
Leader of Leeds City Council

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk

Project celebrating rich textile tradition of Leeds launched

Caption: (L-R-) Amy Jenkinson, Assistant Curator of Industrial History, Leeds City Council, Tom Bridges, Chief Economic Development Officer, Leeds City Council, Cllr Lucinda Yeadon, Susan Gaunt, Textile Designer and Suzy Shepherd, Yorkshire Textiles.

A new micro manufacturing project which will celebrate the rich textile heritage of Leeds and Yorkshire has been launched at a city museum.

Bringing together a unique mixture of expert skill and material from the region, the aim of the project is to create high quality cloth using the machinery of a 1921 Hattersley ‘Standard Loom’ currently residing at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.

Developed through a collaboration between Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills and Yorkshire Textiles by designer Susan Gaunt, the ‘Armley Mills Cloth’ is produced with 100% British wool yarn spun by Laxtons Yarns, a specialist yarn manufacturer in Guiseley and Sunny Bank Mill Textile Archive, a business in Farsley.

Set to be made available in a number of colourways, the production of the cloth will also enable textile students to have hands on experience of the weaving and design process and learn the skills and creative processes needed to produce woollen and worsted woven textiles.

Boasting a rich history in textiles, the industry still employs 14,000 people within the Leeds City Region and is also home to over 60% of the UK’s textile fibre preparation and spinning and finishing.

For further information, please contact Amy Jenkinson, Assistant Curator of Industrial History (Leeds Textiles and Tailoring) via the following email: amy.jenkinson@leeds.go.uk or by phone: 0113 2244372. Additional information can also be found at: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for leisure and skills said:

"Our city has a very rich history in the textiles industry, and it is exciting therefore that a 1921 Hattersley Loom residing at Leeds Industrial Museum will be used to produce its very own ‘Armley Mills Cloth’.

"As part of the project, textile design students will also be given the opportunity to have hands on experience, and I am really looking forward to seeing the first items of cloth featuring materials from local companies in Leeds, that are produced from one of our looms."

Suzy Shepherd, Yorkshire Textiles said:

"This has been a fascinating project at every stage of the design and production. It's particularly exciting to have the foundation set for potential growth and development of a project that uses so many traditional skills that are still part of the modern process."

Notes to editors:

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills:

Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth of gems located in a beautiful riverside setting. Step back in time to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, which the city was world famous for.
There is no additional charge for visiting this exhibition. Normal admission charges apply.

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills is open at the following times:

Monday: Closed except for bank holidays. Bank holiday Mondays 10:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00
Sunday: 13:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00

For further information visit our website www.leeds.gov.uk/armleymills

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk