Leeds in June 2003 - 14 stories making the news

It was the month a sculptor revealed a high-flying plan.

Monday, 5th July 2021, 12:57 pm
Enjoy these photo memories of Leeds in June 2003. PIC: James Hardisty
Enjoy these photo memories of Leeds in June 2003. PIC: James Hardisty

Steve Blaylock was hoping to design a huge steel owl structure within the Holbeck Triangle area of south Leeds This was June 2002, a month which featured a series of new beginnings. Work was well underway on the demolition of the Royal Mail building in the city centre while the finishing touches were being put to a community garden in Beeston. Thousands took part in the Race for Life while a royal visitor stopped off in the city. READ MORE: Photos to take you back to Leeds in 2003 LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook

Jane Tomlinson and Tracey Barraclough get the Race For Life underway at Temple Newsam.
Leeds United Ladies manager Julie Chipchase is pictured with new signings, from left to right, Nicole Emmanuel, Alex Culvin and Natalie Preston.

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Reigning British Superbike champions Team Renegade stopped off the new Travelodge at Colton. Pictured, from left to right, are Leon Haslam, Nick Medd and Michael Rutter with hotel manager Allison Barr.
Cookridge Primary School pupils perform sketches to rail passengers at Leeds City Station after spending time studying the building.
The Duchess of York signs copies of her new book at Waterstones bookshop.
'Civic' the dog made a return to his old haunt Leeds Civic Hall with owner Brian Wheelhouse, of Whitehall Dog Rescue.
East Street Arts artist in residence Pippa Hale is pictured in the old snooker hall of the St Patrick's Social Club where she was working on an exhibition.
The new Harry Potter books arrived at the Royal Mail sorting depot in Stourton before being delivered to homes across the city and beyond.
The water fountain was making a splash in City Square.
Christopher Pratts fine furnishings store in the city centre was left counting the cost after being ram-raided for a third time. Pictured is manager Peter Evans.
Pupils from Ireland Wood Primary made an award-winning sculpture. Pictured, from left, are Leah Archer, Prabjoth Kaur, Rachel Bradley, Rachael Crosby and Laura Handley.
A mechanical claw reaches up the side of the old Royal Mail Building on Whitehall Road during demolition.
Hunslet Parkside U-14s were celebrating a rugby league triple after winning the League Division One championship, Leeds and District Cup and Yorkshire Challenge Cup.
Church minister Rev Tony Lee (front) pictured at the new Malvern Road Community Garden in the grounds of Beeston Hill United Free Church.
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