Leeds nostalgia: clocks turn back for original ‘extreme sport’ with jousting contest

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Sticking with the Royal Armouries theme, there will also be a Medieval-style jousting tournament on Monday April 6.

Visitors can enjoy the thrills and spills of authentic Medieval jousting, billed as the original extreme sport, in the heart of Leeds and come face-to-face with the tournament’s collection of arms and armour.

Royal Armouries will present a packed programme of dangerously entertaining events from Friday April 3 to Easter Monday (April 6). The tiltyard will resound to the clamour and clash of a live action tournament, as internationally renowned knights battle for the coveted Sword of Honour and the prestigious Queen’s Jubilee Trophy.

As well as individual competitions you can get behind your favourite team as ‘Team Burgundy’, ‘Team England’ and ‘Team Poland’ lock lances as the tension builds through the exciting four-day tournament.

Plus, for the first time at the Royal Armouries, there will be a mêlée on the Bank Holiday Monday as part of a spectacular finale, when all the competing knights will clash in a medieval mock battle.

In a packed programme visitors will also be able to meet the knights and horses, see how knights kit-up for the tournament and listen to tales of medieval daring-do. The Yorkshire Heraldry Society will be providing craft activities on Saturday the April 4, and there are opportunities for hands-on fun in the Jester’s Yard Play Area and crossbow range.

Timetable for events:

Friday April 3 - individual heats at noon & team heats 3pm

Saturday April 4- individual heats at noon & team heats 3pm

Sunday April 5 - individual final at noon & team heats 3pm

Monday April 6 - mêlée at noon and grand final at 3pm.

Daily combo tickets - under 16s/over 60s: £5, adults: £10 on April 3-5. Final combo tickets – under 16s/over 60s: £10, adults £14 (April 6).

There will be other events also. Call 0113 220 1888.

Ilkley, 30th July 1976

Ted Carroll, the TV and film extra with the 180 degree nose, is learning to live with himself at his pub in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.

The new Ted, with the old nose, is a bronze bust modelled by a sculptress at Ilkley College.
In fact Janet Bowler's Ted Carroll is even more rugged than the real thing.
Ted let his nose go its own way after having it broken four times during his 12 years with Hunslet Rugby League Club.
"She left it over the holidays with me to see if I could get used to it. People come up to it and order two pints", said Mr. Carroll, who with his wife, Beryl, runs the Rose and Crown, opposite Ilkley Parish Church.

Leeds nostalgia: July 1976: Former rugby league player ‘gets used to living with himself’