Famous Leeds pub sign saved by residents

Community saves sign from the Spotted Cow Inn in Leeds.
Community saves sign from the Spotted Cow Inn in Leeds.
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A Leeds pub may be set for demolition - but local campaigners have ensured its famous sign won’t be put out to pasture any time soon.

The Spotted Cow Inn on Top Moor Side in Holbeck will face the wrecking ball in the coming weeks but locals have ensured the cow’s head, which has taken pride of place over the door, will be given a new home in the community.

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Local resident Steve Peacock first suggested the idea of rescuing the figurehead of The Spotted Cow Inn during a meeting held by the Holbeck Neighbourhood Plan.

Lucy Potter, secretary of Holbeck Neighbourhood Plan, said: “We aim to regenerate derelict areas of Holbeck and although the pub is up for demolition we want to find a way in which we can keep hold of the sign.

“A valuable piece of Holbeck’s history can then be part of the community’s future as well as its past.

“We are very much ready to pick it up and put it in the back of a van.”

Thomas O’Donovan, Leeds City Council’s area improvement manager, has been liaising with James Gill Demolition Group on behalf of the community.

He said: “It’s a great thing, a really positive cause to preserve part of Holbeck’s heritage.”

Once removed from the derelict building the sign will be displayed in the community as a symbol of Holbeck’s heritage.

Martin Banks, site manager from James Gill demolition group, said: “If they want to get it down and pop it up somewhere to keep, as a symbol of the town’s heritage then we are happy to help.

“We can definitely get it down in one piece, that certainly won’t be a problem.”

Slung Low Theatre HUB will provide space to store the sign while a decision is made on its new home.

Alan Lane, who is the artistic director at the theatre, said: “Its one of a whole raft of things that are happening.

“It is a really exciting time for Holbeck at the moment because there is a real sense of growing activity within the community.

“We’re a theatre company that tours nationally but we take pride that after five years we are still based locally.

“Saving the Spotted Cow’s head is just one of the many ways we express our love for the place.”

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