Long-serving Leeds parachute regiment become first military unit in over 40 years to be recognised with city’s highest civic honour

The 4th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (4PARA) has been awarded the city’s highest civic honour in recognition of their many years of devoted service and historic association with Leeds. Established in 1942, 4PARA are the first military service unit to be bestowed with Honorary Freedom of Leeds since HMS Ark Royal received the honour…

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Remembrance Sunday Commemorations 2020

Our annual Remembrance Sunday commemorations will look very different this year, due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic. Due to the risks posed there won’t be the usual service or military parade at Victoria Gardens in Leeds. People are being urged to undertake their own acts of remembrance at home by observing the…

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Competition launched for the redevelopment of Leeds City Square

Experienced design teams are being encouraged to enter a competition to transform Leeds City Square as part of plans to make the city centre more vibrant, dynamic and inclusive. The competition has been launched by The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on behalf of Balfour Beatty and Leeds City Council and will appeal…

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Transformation of Greek Street in Leeds complete

Work to transform Greek Street in Leeds city centre into a new-look pedestrianised space has been successfully completed. The project, carried out by Leeds City Council in partnership with businesses, on this popular street known for its bars, restaurants and cafes, has been given a modern, spacious new look, supporting a traffic free and…

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City’s young stars align to record inspirational lockdown anthem

It’s a legendary Leeds-made anthem which brought people across the globe together when it first stormed charts worldwide more than 20 years ago. Now a group of talented youngsters have teamed up with sports stars and musicians to create a rousing reworking of Chumbawamba’s iconic hit Tubthumping to give the city a much-needed lockdown…

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The European war is over and this is VE-Day and a holiday

The European War is over, apart from clashes in Prague and other parts of Czechoslovakia, which are expected to subside quickly. The war in Europe has ended with Germany’s unconditional surrender. Victory will be announced officially by the Prime Minister in a broadcast at three o’clock this afternoon and the King with broadcast at…

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City unites to help those in need

Leeds City Council has joined forces with Voluntary Action Leeds and a network of other local charities to deliver care to anyone in need across the city. Following last week’s unprecedented announcements many people had already made the difficult decision to self-isolate. Monday’s Prime Ministerial announcement means now even more people will be restricted…

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