THE YORKSHIRE Evening Post today launches a new campaign celebrating everything that is good about the city of Leeds.
Love Leeds will tirelessly fly the flag for Yorkshire’s unofficial capital, currently basking in the warm glow that comes with major developments such as the First Direct Arena and massive events like the Tour de Yorkshire.
It will also encourage others to bang the drum for the city, both at home and abroad.
As part of the campaign, we will be speaking to local celebrities, sporting heroes and politicians about their love for Leeds.
There will also be a look at the caring, sharing side of the city, with focuses on charities and community groups.
And readers will get the chance to vote on everything from Leeds’s best ever bands to the most influential figures in its proud history.
YEP editor Jeremy Clifford said: “Leeds has transformed itself over the past few years and has an exciting future, with its bid for the capital of culture, a high-speed train link coming directly into the city centre and the prospect of greater devolved powers.
“Yet sometimes it is all too easy to dwell on what is not right with the city. We want to take the lead in celebrating the good and as part of the campaign call for improvements to make things even better.”
YEP readers are being asked to take a key role in the new campaign.
We want to hear your views on why the city is one of the best places in the UK to work, rest and play.
Magical memories and stories about life in Leeds, be it now or in years gone by, are also welcome.
Were you at Wembley in 1972 when Leeds United won the FA Cup thanks to Allan Clarke’s famous diving header?
Were you in the crowds at Roundhay Park as it played host to music megastars such as Madonna and The Rolling Stones during the 1980s?
Moving up to date, what are the top things about the Leeds of 2015?
Is it the people? The shops? Its sporting heroes? Its thriving nightscene?
And what needs to be done to help keep the city at the head of the regional pack?