Leeds pub makes history with blue plaque award

HONOUR: Kevin Grady (Civic Trust), Rob Wilson (LGBT Network), Jeff Armitage (manager of the New Penny) and Coun James Lewis.
HONOUR: Kevin Grady (Civic Trust), Rob Wilson (LGBT Network), Jeff Armitage (manager of the New Penny) and Coun James Lewis.
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The New Penny was awarded a blue plaque yesterday in recognition of its contribution to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans community in Leeds over the last six decades.

The award marks a historic moment as the venue becomes the first building to be awarded a plaque for providing a safe venue for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

It was unveiled by deputy leader of Leeds City Council Coun James Lewis.

He said: “We are delighted to pay tribute to its contribution to the city over the years. It’s ever-presence marks the long, and sometimes hidden, history of the community in Leeds which we should be proud to celebrate today.”

Jeff Armitage, manager of The New Penny, added: “Leeds really does have a thriving scene, which goes beyond The New Penny.”

Alex Newman, partner at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds

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