Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Cyclist Beryl Burton OBE set to be given posthumous civic honour

The achievements of record-breaking female Leeds cyclist Beryl Burton OBE are to be recognised next week as proposals are put forward to award her the city’s highest civic honour.

Set to be held on Wednesday 2 July from 1pm, councillors of all parties are set to a support a recommendation which will see Beryl, who lived throughout her life in Morley and died aged 58 in 1996, formally given a posthumous civic honour at a special meeting of council in September this year. Joining councillors at the meeting is Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme, who will be speaking about the imminent arrival of the Grand Départ in Leeds, which begins on July 5.

During a glittering career, Beryl’s achievements in cycling are up there with some of the greatest that the sport has ever seen. These include been crowned five-times world champion over 3,000 metres, 13 time national champion and in a truly incredible feat, British best all-rounder champion for 25 successive years.

These accomplishments are capped off by Beryl also holding the men’s world 12-hour time trial record for two years in the 1960s. In 1967, this included pedalling 277.25 miles in 12 hours, and it was only in 1969 that a man was able to beat this record. Till this day, no other woman has been able to beat the time set by her.

Following the special meeting in September, the name of the Halton-born former Morley Cycling Club and Knaresborough CC rider, will be added to an illustrious list of people on the ‘Freedom of the City’ board in Leeds Civic Hall. This includes former South African president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, and former British Prime Ministers, Clement Attlee and Sir Winston Churchill.

While these achievements in her lifetime did not always receive the recognition they truly deserved in Britain, this was not the case in France, where she was treated with great acclaim. This is underlined by a foreword in Beryl’s memoirs by a Frenchman which said: "If Beryl Burton had been French, Joan of Arc would have to take second place."

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said:

"To put it simply, Beryl Burton OBE was the best British female cyclist of all time, and undoubtedly one of the greatest, if not the greatest sport person ever to come out of Leeds. As a city we should not only be immensely proud, but also make sure that her vast achievements are never forgotten.

"This is why we have nominated Beryl for the highest civic award, where her name will be inscribed next to the names of those people who have been awarded the ‘Freedom of the city’. This will ensure her legacy lives on for many, many years and act as an inspiration for future cyclists.

"With the arrival of the Tour de France now extremely close, it is a massive privilege that joining us at our meeting to celebrate the accomplishments of Beryl and also to talk to us regarding the Grand Départ in Leeds will be Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme."

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

Changes to bin collections for Tour de France weekend

Residents living along or near Le Tour route should look out for letters advising of changes to their bin collections.

People living in Adel and Wharfedale, Alwoodley, Calverley and Farsley, Chapel Allerton, Crossgates and Whinmoor, Guiseley and Rawdon, Harewood, Headingley, Horsforth, Killingbeck and Seacroft, Moortown, Otley and Yeadon and Weetwood whose bin collection day is normally a Saturday, will have their bins picked up on either Friday 4 or Sunday 6 July instead.

Affected residents will receive a letter confirming if their bin will be emptied on the Friday or Sunday.

As well as homes along the Tour de France route itself, others in the vicinity of the route may be affected as bin wagons won’t be able to get around as usual due to road closures.

Residents in these areas are being asked to make sure their bins aren’t left out on Saturday 5 July.

Saturday scheduled bin collections across the rest of the city will go ahead as normal, although some levels of disruption are expected.

To help bin crews, residents with a scheduled Saturday collection across the rest of the city are being asked to have their bins out by 6am on Saturday 5 July or on Friday night.

Recycling centres will be open as normal.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for cleaner, safer and stronger communities, said:

“This is a temporary change to bin collections to accommodate the Tour de France. We’d very much appreciate everyone’s co-operation in putting their bins out on the amended days as advised.

“With so many people in the city, we do expect some disruption so we’d ask people to keep an eye on our website for information and advice.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk


Leeds Armed Forces Day set to be celebrated in style

Caption: The Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr David Congreve addresses the crowd, as the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on Victoria Gardens yesterday.

An abseil down the front of an iconic Leeds building and a stunning flyover by a Spitfire plane are just two of the fantastic events set to feature in this year’s Armed Forces Day.

Held on Saturday 28 June as part of national celebrations being held in towns and cities across the United Kingdom, Leeds will show its own appreciation for the dedication, professionalism and bravery of the Armed Forces with a range of activities and attractions from 10.45am-4pm. Earlier this week, the Armed Forces Day flag was raised in Victoria Gardens, and on top of Leeds Civic Hall and Leeds Town Hall.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said:

"We are extremely proud as a city to be holding our very own Armed forces Day celebrations on June 28, which is a chance to say a big thank you to all of our veterans and serving men and women who day in, day out, do their job with such outstanding courage, dedication and commitment. This is especially poignant as we reflect this year on the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the commemorations marking the beginning of the First World War 100 years ago.

"Leeds has historic ties with the military, and with that in mind it is really fantastic that as part of the day, the bell from the now decommissioned HMS Ark Royal, which was a ship intrinsically linked with the people of our city for many, many years, will also be on display."

Kicking-off the free event is WO2 Dave Bellamy from 299 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers, who will be abseiling down the front of Leeds Town Hall at 10:45am. On touching the ground, he will then present the Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr David Congreve who is hosting the event, and the city’s Children’s Lord Mayor Charlotte Williams, with the Armed Forces Day flag.

This will be followed at 12 noon by a parade past Victoria Gardens on the Headrow by representatives from each military service and music from the South and West Yorkshire Wing Air Cadet Organisation.

Also on offer at Victoria Gardens will be a range of family-friendly activities, including a Breeze Boot Camp and crafts. Children and young people can also show their support and experience just what it takes to become a member of the armed forces, by taking on the challenge of a climbing wall. A range of displays are also to be available on Victoria Gardens. These will include a 24 tonnes Multiple Launch Rocket System and an exhibition of nearly 1,800 badges including 1,200 cap badges from the private collection of Sgt Jason Townend of the Royal Mechanical Engineers.

A host of military linked stalls and an opportunity to meet veterans of all ages will also be available and what promises to be something not to be missed, a legendary Spitfire will make three passes above the Headrow and over Leeds Town Hall before circling Millennium Square at approximately 2.45pm.

The city’s historic link with the HMS Ark Royal which was decommissioned in 2011 will also be celebrated, as the bell from the famous ship will also be on display. In 1942, the people of Leeds raised £9m to help build the third HMS Ark Royal. Musical entertainment during the day will also be provided by the Majorettes performing wartime classics and the Rothwell Temperance Band.

Councillor Graham Hyde, Leeds City Council’s chair of the armed forces member champion group said:

"The amount of time, effort and hard work that has gone into making this year’s event a reality has been unbelievable. I would like to thank every single person, group, organisation and each service of the military for their help in putting together what is a brilliant programme of events.

"It would be impossible to name everything that is happening on the day, but I personally cannot wait to see the abseil down the front of Leeds Town Hall by WO2 Dave Bellamy and a spectacular flyover of the city centre by a legendary Spitfire plane. These events will accompany a range of family-friendly activities also set to be held at Victoria Gardens."

The city of Leeds has close ties with the British Armed Forces, and in 2012 signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant strengthening this partnership. This covenant, this ensures that a wide range of support, help and guidance is available to in-service personnel, veterans and their families.

Paul Thompson, Chairman of the Yorkshire Malayan & Borneo Veterans Association said:

"We are extremely proud at the Yorkshire Malayan & Borneo Veterans Association to be part of the city’s Armed Forces Day celebrations.

"There will be lots to see and do, and on the day we are looking forward to hosting a stall which will detail the part that members of our association played in the sometimes forgotten Malay and Borneo conflicts."

Notes to editors:

Please note there will be a rolling road closure during the parade and selected road closures for certain times of the day. Details are below:

The Parade will assemble in Millennium Square and proceed via a clockwise route comprising Millennium Square, Rossington Street, Great George Street, Cookridge Street, The Headrow, Calverley Street, terminating at Alexander Street.

The use of all parking bays located on Portland Crescent, Portland Gate and Cookridge Street (north of Millennium Square) will be suspended from 05:00 hours on the preceding morning until 12:00 hours and also on Alexander Street and Cookridge Street until 19:00 on the day of the Parade.

Cookridge Street and Alexander Street will be closed from 05:00 on the day of the parade until 19:00 also including Portland Gate/Crescent from 11:00 until 12:00.

Groups and organisations involved in Armed Forces Day 2014 also include the Royal British Legion, The Forgotten Heroes, Yorkshire Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association, 269 (West Riding) Battery Royal Artillery, 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment; 299 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers; Crusader 80, West Yorkshire Transport Squadron, Gurkha Welfare Trust, Royal Engineers Association, Leeds Rifles Comrade Association, 4th Battalion Parachute Regiment, Royal Observer Corps Association, Yorkshire Army Cadet Force Leeds, Fleet Air Armed Association, Royal Naval Association and SSAFA Forces Help, Support our Soldiers, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force Recruitment Teams, Sea Cadets, Leeds Sport Centre, DALES and Families Activities Breaks.

This event is supported by the Ministry of Defence and Leeds City Council media partner Heart Radio.

To keep up to date on Armed Forces Day, please see: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/Events/Pages/armed-forces-day.aspx

If you would like to contribute to the event, please contact Alex Hannant at alex.hannant@leeds.gov.uk

For more details regarding the British Armed Forces, please see the following websites: British Army: www.army.mod.uk Royal Air Force: http://www.raf.mod.uk/ and Royal Navy: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/

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

Award-winning apprentice backs big recruitment event

Caption: Jake Sanders celebrates at the Leeds Apprenticeship Awards earlier this year.

An award-winning Leeds apprentice is urging thousands of local school pupils to follow in his footsteps by attending a major recruitment drive this week.

Jake Sanders, 21, scooped the prestigious Advanced Apprentice of the Year award at the Leeds Apprenticeship Awards earlier this year.

He started an apprenticeship with Sulzer Pumps UK Ltd three years ago after leaving sixth form.

Machine operator Jake, from Garforth, is now calling on other young people to attend an event at Leeds Town Hall this Thursday where they can find out about starting their own apprenticeships.

He said: “I decided to start an apprenticeship when I finished sixth form.

“I’d always wanted to go into engineering, and thought about university, but the prospect of being able to start a job straight away was a better fit for me.

“I’ve learned so much in such a short space of time and picked up lots of practical skills in different areas of the company.

“It’s been brilliant for me and I’d definitely recommend that people come along to this week’s event and find out more about becoming an apprentice.”

Thursday’s Leeds Apprenticeship Information event, organised by Leeds City Council and the Leeds Apprenticeship Hub, runs from 5pm until 8pm.

Postcards have been sent to every Year 11, 12, and 13 pupil in Leeds, inviting them to attend and speak to some of the city’s biggest employers.

Firms attending include the BMW Group Academy, Gordon’s Solicitors and Arena Group who will be there alongside a range of small and medium-sized firms also looking to take on apprentices.

Around 1,500 young people attended a similar event last year.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said:

“Events like this have been a huge success in the past and have helped so many young people get into some really interesting and exciting jobs with some great earning potential.

“Apprenticeships can open all kinds of doors and give those who take part the chance to learn as they earn, picking up practical, on-the-job training and skills while taking home a wage.

“I’m sure this week’s event will be a big success and I hope it gives even more young people the chance to take their first step into a new career.”

The event at Leeds Town Hall is on on Thursday, June 26 and runs from 5pm to 8pm. To find out more about apprenticeships, visit www.leedspathways.org.uk/work, or ask your careers adviser about apprenticeships.

You can also get in touch with the Leeds Apprenticeship Hub for independent and impartial advice, on 07712 214 916, follow them on twitter @LeedsAppHub or on facebook.com/LeedsAppHub


Stuart Robinson
Communications Officer
Leeds City Council
Tel: 0113 224 3937
Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk

The magic of the Tour de France arrives at Leeds Museums and Galleries

Caption: Greengrocer's bicycle; large rear wheel, small front; sign mounted in cross member reading "CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY LTD." Basket carrier mounted on front.

As the city prepares for the arrival of the fantastic Grand Départ in just a few weeks’ time, Leeds Museums and Galleries will be celebrating in style with a range of fantastic events and activities.

Beginning the festivities last Saturday was Leeds Art Gallery in an exhibition celebrating the wide range of French art in the city’s vast collection was opened. Available to view as part of the ‘Cross Currents’ exhibition are sculptures by Rodin and a previously unseen new acquisition of a bronze by Edgar Degas that was given in lieu of tax from the estate of Lucian Freud. Also featured in the display are work by Doré, Courbet, Lucien Pissarro, Alfred Sisley and Henri Fantin-Latour.

This will feature alongside the ‘Parallel Lives’ exhibition at the art gallery, which now open, is showcasing for the first time the unique talents of Marlow Moss (1889-1958) and Claude Cahun (1894-1954) together, who both lived and worked in France for part of their respective careers.

Marlow Moss was regarded as one of Britain’s most important Constructivist artists and this display of her work includes paintings, reliefs and sculptures primarily concerned with an interrogation of spaces, movement and light. Sitting aside Moss’s work will be that of Cahun’s providing riveting photographic self-portraits of the artist acting out her diverse identities both male and female in scenes that range from the starkly minimal to the elaborately staged.

At Leeds City Museum, there will also be the chance to see a new ‘Bicyclism’ exhibition which opens today that will celebrate both the love and passion which people from all walks of life have for cycling. Part of the exhibition will include photos of people from Leeds from both the past and present enjoying a ride on their bikes.

In what also promises to be a fantastic occasion, French music and songs are set to light up the glorious surroundings of Temple Newsam House as Maggi Stratford performs her brilliant show ‘Encore’ on Sunday 29 June from 2pm -6pm.

Kirkstall Abbey will also be joining in with the fun as it hosts a French themed deli market on 28 June from 12noon-3pm and a craft and collectable market on 29 June also from 12noon-3pm. A day before the Grand Départ begins, under 5s will also have the chance to take part in their own Tour de France as part of a mini ‘Petit Peddlers’ cycle ride round the abbey cloisters on Friday 4 July from 10.15am -11.30am.

Home to over one million objects Leeds Discovery Centre will also be raiding its collection on 3 July from 11am-12noon and 2pm -3pm to display all things related to cycling as part of a special tour.

As part of the ‘Snapshot of Yorkshire’ exhibition at Abbey House Museum, visitors can also see for themselves why judges decided to bring one of the world’s greatest sporting events to Leeds as the life, culture and stereotypes of the region are explored and acclaimed.

A special park and cycle day will also be available on the 5 July at Thwaite Mills. Keen cyclists can park their cars at Thwaite Mills for just £5 all day, and then grab their bikes and take a leisurely ride to a destination on the route where accessible, to watch the riders in the race. All people parking in the Thwaite Mills car park will also be entered into a free raffle, where the lucky winners will be given free access to the museum or Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.

Finally at Leeds Art Gallery, families are invited on 12 July from 11am-12noon to hail the culmination of the Tour de France by taking part in a number of interesting and fun drop-in activities.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"It is very exciting to think that the Tour de France will be arriving in Leeds very soon, and we will be joining in with the celebrations at museums and galleries by hosting a range of brilliant events and activities that we hope will capture the imagination of both residents and visitors to the city.

"There really is something for everyone, and we hope as many people of possible will be able to enjoy our packed programme as the countdown begins to this once in a lifetime occasion."

Notes to editors:

For more information on events and admission, please visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries

Events at Leeds Museums & Galleries:

Leeds City Museum

Bicyclism at Leeds City Museum

Tues 25 June – Mon 7th July

Abbey House Museum

Snapshot of Yorkshire
Open Until 28 Dec 2014

Temple Newsam

Encore! Glorious French Music and Songs at Temple Newsam
Sun 29 June, 2pm – 4pm, £8/£6 (no additional house admission charge if visiting the concert only)

Kirkstall Abbey

French-themed Deli Market at Kirkstall Abbey
Sat 28th June, 12pm – 3pm

French-themed Crafts & Collectables Market at Kirkstall Abbey
Sun 29th June, 12pm – 3pm

Pettit Peddlers at Kirkstall Abbey
Friday 4th July, 10.15am – 11.30am

Leeds Art Gallery

Cross Currents. French Art in the Leeds Collection at Leeds Art Gallery
Opens Sat 21st June

Parallel Lives at Leeds Art Gallery –
Open until 7th Sept

Tour De Art at Leeds Art Gallery
12th July, 11am – 2pm

Leeds Discover Centre

All things bicycles guided tour, Leeds Discovery Centre
Thurs 3rd July, 11am – 12pm and 2pm – 3pm

Thwaite MillsSaturday

5 July - £5 parking all day.

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