Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Moon and music on the menu for food festival event

Tastebuds will be tingling this weekend as an even bigger and better Handmade in Yorkshire event returns with a bonanza of local produce, street food and cookery demonstrations.

From Friday 6 til Sunday 8 June, 30 market stalls selling produce from and made exclusively in Yorkshire will be joining the Leeds Food and Drink Festival’s grand finale.

Alongside the stalls on Victoria Gardens, renowned and award-winning chefs will be sharing their expertise and inspiring budding cooks with demonstrations.

As well as co-hosting some of the demonstrations on Saturday, celebrity chef Stephanie Moon, who has appeared on BBC2’s Great British Menu, will be pitting her wits against Ashley Mccarthy from Ye Old Sun Inn, Colton, Tadcaster in a cook off competition.

Later on Saturday between 2 and 4pm, Stephanie will also be doing cooking demonstrations at the Ministry of Food in Leeds’ Kirkgate Market. Stephanie’s menu is being prepared with fresh produce found in the market.

On Saturday, visitors to the culinary extravaganza on Victoria Gardens will be entertained with music and performances from Planet Leeds who will also make special appearances at Kirkgate Market during the day.

People will also be able to soak up the sizzle and aromas of a variety of street food vendors on Cookridge Street across all three days.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for development and economy, said:

“We’re delighted that Handmade in Yorkshire is going from strength to strength, celebrating all things Leeds and Yorkshire.

“There’s going to be a mouth-watering array of produce and entertainment on offer and we look forward to welcoming those who love local produce and producers as much as we do.”

A schedule of events, demonstrations and performances throughout Handmade in Yorkshire is available now.

If you wish to attend Stephanie Moon’s cookery demonstration at 2pm on Saturday 7 June at the Ministry of Food in Kirkgate Market, you must book at as places are limited.

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577


New travel map reveals final Le Tour road closures and transport advice


A new interactive map showing final road closure information and travel guidance for the Grand Départ of this year’s Tour de France has been released today.

The map showing all of the road closures and supporting travel information for the opening two stages of the Grand Départ in Yorkshire on July 5-6 and the first part of stage three from Cambridge to the M25 on July 7 is now live and can be seen at

Produced by TdFHUB2014 Ltd working with local authorities and travel providers, Welcome to Yorkshire and leading traffic management software provider ELGIN, the map shows road closure times at any point along the Tour route as well as the nearest event car parking.

Travel advice to access official Grand Départ Spectator Hubs and special race zones such at Holme Moss and the Buttertubs Pass is also provided to help spectators plan for the Tour.

From early in June, the system will also provide a fully integrated public transport journey planner, allowing spectators to plan where they want to watch the world’s largest annual sporting event and how they can get there.

Throughout the race weekend itself the interactive map will reflect all the latest real-time traffic information, giving spectators the very latest travel advice and information.

Traffic information provider INRIX will also be part of the traffic management team for the event, ensuring sat-navs, car radio traffic systems, national and local radio traffic and travel updates offer the latest information to help the expected crowds in the millions travel to and from the race as efficiently as possible.

From today, spectators can also now for the first time see full road closure information and travel guidance across the entire route of all three opening stages of the race, as the information for the finale of stage three from Cambridge to London on July 7 was issued this week by Transport for London, who are overseeing the race into the capital.

An extensive programme of public engagement and communication around the arrival of the Tour de France in the capital is now underway similar to that developed during the London 2012 Olympics, to help businesses and the public plan and get around on the day and make the most of the event. The information for London can be seen now at

The interactive map is available through and will show all the information for road, rail and bus access to the Tour. It can also be accessed on smartphones, tablets and any internet-enabled computer.

Chief executive of TdFHUB2014 Ltd Nicky Roche said:

“The new interactive map looks good and offers everything spectators need to be able to plan their journeys to watch the Tour de France.

“We are delighted to be working with ELGIN and INRIX on this project, and together we can keep everyone updated with the very latest information to help them have a great time over what will be an amazing three days.”

Managing Director of ELGIN James Harris said:

“ELGIN is very excited to be working with TDFHUB2014 on this high-profile project which provides such a great opportunity to demonstrate the potential for communicating live traffic interruptions to the travelling public.

“This will be a first for a large-scale public event; changes to interruptions such as road closures will be managed on race day by the professionals from multiple agencies who are actually managing the traffic, and made available in real-time via our detailed map which racegoers can access via smartphones and tablets.”

INRIX Media Director of Operations Peter Lees said:

“INRIX Media is pleased to be supporting TdFHUB2014 Ltd, working closely with them to ensure that traffic and travel advice for spectators both in planning their journey and right across the three opening stages is as accurate and timely as possible.”

For all the latest news on the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France including travel and transport visit

For the stage three information for London visit

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Notes to editors:

1. In 2014, the Tour de France returns to the UK for three stages. The Yorkshire Grand Départ comprises two stages - Leeds to Harrogate and York to Sheffield - before the Tour moves south for a third stage from Cambridge to London.
- Saturday 5th July - Stage One: Leeds - Harrogate: 190km (118 miles)
- Sunday 6th July - Stage Two: York - Sheffield: 200km (125 miles)
- Monday 7th July - Stage Three: Cambridge - London 155km (96 miles)
2. TdFHUB2014 Ltd is a not-for-profit company set up by UK Sport to co-ordinate the Government’s budget and the delivery of the Tour de France Grand Départ in the UK. It is based in Leeds and will be dissolved after the Tour.
TdFHUB2014 Ltd’s board includes representation from Yorkshire and Cambridge local authorities, British Cycling, Transport for London and UK Sport. The board is chaired by Sir Rodney Walker, the former chair of UK Sport, and is joint vice-chaired by Councillor Keith Wakefield, the Leader of Leeds City Council, and Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire.
3. There are three separate budgets to support planning for the three English stages of the Tour, which total £27m. The budgets are held by local authorities, TdFHUB2014 Ltd and Transport for London. TdFHUB2014 Ltd manages the £10 million of Government support.
4. The Tour de France Grand Départ will form part of UK Sport’s Gold Event Series, an ambitious programme to bring up to 70 world-class sporting events to the UK by 2019 to help build on the outstanding success of London 2012.

For further media queries contact:
Roger Boyde TdFHUB2014 Ltd on 07891 270 580 or email

Whingate children's Smart Swaps get Rhino's seal of approval.

Children at a Leeds primary school were delighted when Ronnie the Rhino turned up at their assembly to praise the way they are tackling healthy eating.

Smart Swaps encourages people to swap to healthier snacks and meals. Whingate Primary School not only won a competition with hundreds of swaps pledged at the school but gained extra special prizes. By allowing pupils to discuss their swaps during registration times and place tokens into a totaliser they spread the word among teachers, staff and pupils’ families as well. They also kept a virtual record on their website showing each individual’s contribution. With Leeds Rugby Foundation supporting Smart Swaps, the school was chosen for a visit by the Rhinos for a special prize assembly.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Chair of the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board said:

“It is great to see that everyone is getting involved in Smart Swaps, and having the Rhinos’ attending the prize assembly was a real treat for the children. I’m really pleased Leeds has been the most successful location for the campaign, coming ahead of surrounding and comparable areas. We know that getting people involved in making healthy changes early in their lives will play an important part in our commitment to making Leeds the best city for health and well-being.”

Emma Strachan, Health Improvement Specialist with Leeds City Council Public Health team, said:

“The campaign is easy to get involved with and a fun thing to do. It has been really successful already in encouraging families to make simple changes to their diets, reducing the amount of unhealthy food that we eat. One of the best and most effective ways to make a difference to our lives is to make simple swaps to what we eat and do!”

Whingate Primary School teacher Vicky Dean said:

“All the children loved the swapping and had lots of fun ideas about what they can do to make a smart swap. A simple reward such as receiving a certificate by the head teacher at the end of each week really helps to catch the fun element of eating more healthily and offers a rewarding incentive. The response we have had from our pupils has been fantastic.”

Keith Senior, Leeds Rugby Ambassador and former Rhinos player, was on hand to help club mascot Ronnie the Rhino present the awards. He said:

“We all know rugby players need to be fit and healthy. But so does everyone else. Making sure you have a healthy diet is really important and Smart Swaps is a great, easy way to help eat well. The Rhinos are delighted to back this campaign.”

Smart Swaps is part of the Change 4 life campaign, and following the initiative to see Leeds people swap unhealthy food and drink for healthier alternatives, thousands of people have continued to add their support by swapping sweet treats for fresh food.

Families who sign up to the national campaign at Change 4 Life will receive a free smart swapper full of healthy meal ideas, money off vouchers and free fridge magnets.

For more information or to sign up, visit here:

For media enquiries, please contact:

Phil Morcom
Communications and Marketing team
Leeds City Council
4th Floor West, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Mobile: 07891 276270
Tel: 0113 224 3602
Fax: 0113 247 4736

‘Parallel Lives’ exhibition set to open at Leeds Art Gallery

Caption: The 'Parallel Lives' exhibition will be showcased in Leeds Art Gallery from Friday.

Two artists who shared many similarities but created remarkably different work are to be showcased in a concurrent exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery from this Friday.

As part of the ‘Parallel Lives’ exhibition, visitors will have the chance to see for the first time the unique talents of Marlow Moss (1889-1958) and Claude Cahun (1894-1954) displayed together.

Marlow Moss was regarded as one of Britain’s most important Constructivist artists, on display will be paintings, reliefs and sculptures primarily concerned with an interrogation of spaces, movement and light, drawn from collections in the UK and Europe, are to be exhibited.

Moss, whose significance was until recently relatively overlooked, lived and worked between Paris and Cornwall for much of her life, and changed her name while adopting a masculine appearance in 1919. The exhibition is supported by letters and photographs drawn from the Tate Archive.

Born five years after Moss in Nantes and someone who also enjoyed the cultural avant-garde of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s is Cahun, whose pioneering work will also be available to view.

Featuring in the exhibition will be riveting photographic self-portraits which will reveal Cahun acting out her diverse identities both male and female in scenes that range from the starkly minimal to the elaborately staged. Cahun mingled with many of the leading artists of her day in Paris and eventually moved to Jersey in the Channel Islands where she was subsequently later in life imprisoned during Nazi occupation.

Held from Friday 6 June –Sunday 7 September 2014, an accompanying symposium on Thursday 12 June 2014 will introduce and contextualise the practice and look at their impact on contemporary artists working today.

For more details regarding exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery, please see

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

"This is a fantastic opportunity to see for the first time the diverse and intriguing work of Marlow Moss and Claude Cahun exhibited together.

"While there work was very different, they shared a number of similarities during their lives, and with an accompanying symposium also set to be held on Thursday 12 June, this ‘Parallel Lives’ exhibition really is something not to be missed."

Notes to editors:

Leeds Art Gallery

The Headrow


West Yorkshire


0113 247 8256

Described as ‘Probably the best collection of twentieth century British art outside London’ (John Russell Taylor, The Times) Leeds Art Gallery is a lively gallery in the heart of Leeds on The Headrow in Leeds' Cultural Quarter. Offering displays of Leeds' stunning collections as well as a dynamic programme of changing exhibitions, the Gallery is an innovative and exciting place to visit. At Leeds Art Gallery you can see a rich variety of art on display from Leeds’ impressive collections, to nationally acclaimed prints, watercolours, paintings, sculptures, photography, and contemporary art.

Free admission

Opening Times

Monday & Tuesday 10am – 5pm

Wednesday 12pm – 5pm

Thursday to Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday 1pm – 5pm

Closed on Bank Holidays

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578


“Prepare for an incredible day” call as final Leeds Tour de France road closures revealed

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills Councillor Lucinda Yeadon has called on the city to “prepare for an incredible day” as the final road closure information around the Tour de France was released.

The council is writing to all residents and businesses in properties on the route or on a road that only has access via the route with the final details on how they will be affected and can prepare for Saturday 5 July when the Grand Départ of the world’s largest annual sporting event begins in the city.

The race itself begins at 11.10am outside Leeds Art Gallery and heads along The Headrow before joining the A61 and passing through Scott Hall, Chapel Allerton, Moortown, Alwoodley, Harewood, Arthington, Pool in Wharfedale and Otley and then into the Yorkshire Dales before stage one ends in Harrogate.

Events on the route will begin from approximately 8:30am, when a group of cadet riders are followed by the Tour’s famous publicity ‘caravan’ made up of more than 180 vehicles handing out merchandise and souvenirs to the crowds to help build up the excitement levels at the roadside.

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

“The Tour de France Grand Départ is going to be a historic day for Leeds and an amazing event for Yorkshire and these last few weeks are going to get more and more exciting as we count down to July 5.

“We can now tell everyone the final road closure details for the event in Leeds and I would urge everyone to read and follow the guidance carefully so they can decide how they want to make the most of the day or how they can best limit the interruption to their usual routine as for certain it will not be a normal day.”

Roads on and impacted by the route in the city centre will close from midnight on Friday night and reopen at approximately 3pm on Saturday afternoon. Roads from Regent Street to Harewood will close at 4:30am on Saturday morning, reopening at approximately 3pm. Roads from Harewood to the Bradford border on the A660 will close from 5am and reopen at approximately 3pm.

There are some variations to these timings, such as the A61 northbound from the A6120 Ring Road will not close until 6.30am to allow access for car parking to the Harewood Estate only (through movements will be restricted from 4.30am), and the A658 Main Street at Pool in Wharfedale and Crossgate in Otley remaining open until approximately 8am also to provide access for spectator parking.

Official Grand Départ Spectator Hubs offering big screens, facilities and family-orientated activities will be located at Scott Hall Playing Fields and Otley town centre, while there will also be a range of similar facilities and activities on offer at a hub at Pool in Wharfedale and viewing access for the race at Harewood Estate. To help manage the crowds expected at the spectator hub in Otley town centre, surrounding roads will remain closed until approximately 8pm on the Saturday night.

The length of time the roads are closed is required to allow the route to be prepared, infrastructure to be put in place and removed afterwards, the caravan to begin its journey through the stage, the race itself and the safe dispersal of spectators afterwards.

The route of the Tour needs to be clear of vehicles so on-street parking on Cookridge Street, Calverley Street, Great George Street, Portland Crescent, Portland Gate, Percival Street and Rossington Street surrounding the startline in the city centre will be suspended from 5am on Friday 4 July, with the rest of the route needing to be clear from 7pm on Friday night. Any vehicles left on the race route when the road closes risk being towed away.

Pedestrian access will be available after the roads close through stewarded crossing points, while access along the route will be possible for those on bikes or walking up to 30 minutes before the publicity caravan arrives, which is around two hours before the race itself.

Through movements in the city centre will not be permitted and very limited access from the Inner Ring Road (A58M motorway section) will be available. Some car parks in the city centre will be closed and others will have limited access. Park and ride will be in operation from Elland Road and Temple Newsam from 5:30am to 8pm offering regular loop services into the city centre. Parking will be free, adult return fare £3 (to include two children under 16), £1.50 for unaccompanied children, older people and disabled people.

The full road closure details and travel and transport information for Leeds including links to rail information and bus timetables, which are due out in early June, can be seen at

Adult social care providers will be contacting service users directly about how care will be provided on and around race day to ensure a minimum of disruption, while local NHS and public health teams are encouraging people to ensure they have up-to-date prescriptions and medication to cover the race weekend. Organisers have also ensured that should any emergency arise on the day full ‘blue light’ access will be available along the route.

Each of the official Grand Départ Spectator Hubs in Leeds will feature dedicated viewing areas for spectators with disabilities with associated car parking and disabled toilet facilities. There will also be viewing for disabled spectators near the start line in Leeds city centre which will need to be pre-booked. For more information email

For those who normally have bins collected on Saturday, the council will be writing to residents to inform them of alternative collections which will take place instead on Friday 4 July or Sunday 6 July. As a result bins are requested not to be left out on the Saturday.

Business engagement in the city for businesses directly impacted by the route or those looking to maximise the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity the Tour de France offers has seen Leeds City Council host a series of free business workshops. Two more are planned on June 11 and June 17 from 3-5pm at the White Cloth Gallery and are open to all business to attend by registering at

A business toolkit has also been produced related to the Tour which can be downloaded from

The opening three stages of the 2014 Tour de France in England are expected to attract several million spectators to watch the race, bringing in more than £100million to the economy while also being seen by a television audience in the hundreds of millions across the world.

Councillor Yeadon added:

“The extensive media attention the Grand Départ has already received is an indication of what a truly major global event this is and as a city we should be very proud to be welcoming the world to Leeds. We realise that for some people it may cause some inconvenience to their routine but we have worked exceptionally hard to try and minimise that disruption.

“For anyone not sure of whether this event is for them I would encourage them to get involved and watch it. The Tour de France is much more than a bike race – it is a real spectacle and for years to come people in Leeds and beyond will be saying ‘I was there’, so be a part of this fantastic event and make the most of an amazing day.”

For all the latest Tour de France information for Leeds visit

For the latest news on Yorkshire’s Grand Départ, including a route journey planner which will be available from early June, visit

Notes to editors:

In 2014, the Tour de France returns to the UK for three stages. The Yorkshire Grand Départ comprises two stages - Leeds to Harrogate and York to Sheffield - before the Tour moves south for a third stage from Cambridge to London on Monday 7 July.

Complete road closure information for Leeds can be seen in the information and table below.

For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde,
Leeds City Council press office,

Tour de France 2014 Grand Départ – Leeds road closure details

City Centre to Regent Street
• The Headrow and Eastgate will be closed from just after midnight on Friday 4July. This will mean that through and cross movements that would ordinarily use these roads will not be available from then.
• The roads around Millennium Square will be closed to traffic from midnight.
• On-street parking on Calverley Street, Great George Street, Cookridge Street, Rossington Street, Percival Street, Portland Crescent and Portland Gate will be suspended from 5am on Friday 4 July.
• Roads in the city centre expected to re-open by 1500 hrs on Saturday 5 July.

Regent Street to A6120 Leeds Ring Road
• On Saturday 5 July the A61 from Regent Street to the A6120 Ring Road will be closed from 0430 hrs. Vehicles will not be permitted back on to the race route until the closures have been lifted after the race at approximately 1500 hrs.
• Generally, on-street parking will be prohibited along the race route from 1900 hrs on Friday 4 July until the closures have been lifted after the race. Residents are advised to move vehicles to a suitable place away from the race route if they need to use them during the road closure period. Any vehicles left on the race route after 0430 hrs risk being towed away.
• The southbound carriageway of the A61 will also be closed. Vehicles parked here are done so at the owners’ risk.
• The A6120 Ring Road will be closed both ways at the junction with the A61whilst the road closures are in operation.
• Business at Nortech Close (at Sheepscar) will have access available only from Roundhay Road with egress via a revoked one way and back to Roundhay Road.

A6120 Leeds Ring Road to Harewood
• The A61 northbound from the A6120 Ring Road will be closed from 0630 hrs to allow access to event parking at Harewood Estate only (through movements will be restricted from 0430 hrs).
• The A61 from Wyke Lane to Harewood Bridge will be closed from 0430 hrs. Vehicles will not be permitted back on to the race route until the closures have been lifted after the race at approximately 1500 hrs.
• Generally, on-street parking will be prohibited along this section of the race route from 1900 hrs on Friday 4 July until the closures have been lifted after the race. Residents are advised to move vehicles to a suitable place away from the race route if they need to use them during the closure period. Any vehicles left on the race route after 0430 hrs risk being towed away.
• In respect of the section of Harrogate Road between Alwoodley Lane and the A6120 Ring Road, the southbound carriageway will also be closed. Vehicles parked here are done so at the owners’ risk.

Harewood House to the Bradford border on the A660
• The A659 will be closed from its junction with theA61 Harrogate Road through Arthington, Pool-in Wharfdale and Otley (via Ilkley Road) and then the A660 from Bradford Road towards Burley in Wharfedale from 0500 hrs
• From 0500hrs the following roads will be closed: Weardley Lane; the A659 from its junction with the A61 Harrogate road through Arthington, Pool-in-Wharfedale and Otley to the old Ilkley Road; the old Ilkley Road from the A659 to the A660 and the A660 from the Bradford Road Roundabout to the Bradford boundary and beyond to facilitate the race.
• Vehicles will not be permitted back on to the race route until the closures have been lifted after the race at approximately 1500 hrs.
• Generally, on-street parking will be prohibited along the race route from 1900 hrs on Friday 4 July until the closures have been lifted after the race. Residents are advised to move vehicles to a suitable place away from the race route if they need to use them during the closure period. Any vehicles left on the race route after 0500 hrs risk being towed away.
• In Pool-in-Wharfedale the A658 Main Street will remain open until approximately 0800 hrs on Saturday 5 July to provide access to the spectator car parking. It will open again as soon as possible after the race has passed.
• In Otley Kirkgate, Manor Square and Courthouse Street will also close for the set-up of the Spectator Hub at 0500 hrs. Access across the race route will be maintained via Crossgate and Wesley Street until approximately 0800 hrs. It will open again as soon as possible after the race has passed. The roads closed for the Spectator Hub in the centre of Otley will remain closed until 2000 hrs at the latest. Residents on Ilkley Road will be provided with alternative parking in the Wharfebank Business Centre.

General/Further Afield
The requirement to ensure that traffic can flow towards the race route and other spectator points, means that there will be additional prohibitions on parking. The roads where there will be parking restrictions are shown in the table below.

Road NameClosure information
Buslingthorpe LaneThe whole
Savile MountThe whole
Potternewton LaneThe whole
Stainbeck LaneStainbeck Road to Harrogate Road
King LaneStonegate road to Harrogate Road
Street LaneStonegate Road to Harrogate Road
Stonegate RoadStreet Lane to Harrogate Road
A6120 Ring RoadKing Lane to Park Lane
Alwoodley LaneSandmoor Lane to Harrogate Road
Wigton LaneHarrogate Road to Manor House Lane
A659 Otley RoadWeardley Lane to A61 Harrogate Road
King LaneAlwoodley Lane to Arthington Road
Eccup LaneKing Lane to Weardley Lane
Weardley LaneEccup Lane to Harewood Entrance
Arthington RoadKing Lane to Blackhill Road
Blackhill RoadThe whole
Kings RoadA660 Leeds Road to Arthington Road
Creskeld LaneCreskeld Drive to A659 Arthington Lane
A658 Pool Bank New RoadThe whole
Old Pool BankThe whole
A658 Harrogate RoadMain Street to Castley Lane
Crow LaneThe whole
Side CopseCrow Lane to Bremner Street
Bremner StreetSide Copse to southern end
CrossgateThe whole
Wesley StreetThe whole
North ParadeWesley Street to Cattle Market Street
Cattle Market StreetThe whole
Bridge StreetCattle Market Street to Billams Hill
West Busk LaneThe whole
Duncan AvenueThe whole
Westbourne GroveThe whole