22 of the best photos take you back to Leeds in 1981

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These photo gems take you back to Leeds in 1981.

They reveal a city adjusting to the winds of social and economic change while at the same time looking ahead to the future. It was a year which featured a Royal Wedding, a summer of sunshine to remember and plans for a city centre hotel complex. This gallery also takes you around the suburbs with Rothwell, Methley, Harehills and Kirkstall all in focus. The images are a mix from the YEP archive and others published courtesy of photographic archive Leodis, which is run by Leeds Library & Information Service. They also run heritage blog The Secret Library Leeds, which provides a behind the scenes look at the Central Library and highlights from its special collections, including rare books hidden away in the stacks. READ MORE: 21 rarely-seen photos take you back to Leeds in the 1980s LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook