Postcards from a city - 12 memories of Leeds in June 1996

It was a month dominated by hope and expectation but ended in despair and disappointment.

Saturday, 13th June 2020, 2:15 pm
Enjoy these memories of Leeds in June 1996. PIC: Peter Thacker
Enjoy these memories of Leeds in June 1996. PIC: Peter Thacker

The Euros were in full swing with Leeds, like the rest of the country, keeping their fingers crossed that football was coming home. In other news the city's 'No Car' day didn't appear to have much impact while postal workers were out on strike. Love was also in the air and Tony Blair was in town to meet some very special new arrivals. Is Leeds in June 1996 a city you remember? READ MORE: 35 photos to take you back to Leeds in 1996 LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook

Postal workers on picket duty in Leeds at the start of a second one day strike.
A cyclist battles his way through the early morning traffic in Leeds on No Car Day.

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Dickie Bird eyes up a pint of Tetley's Bitter after opening the Dickie Bird Room at Tetley's Brewery, a new fermenting room with four new 'Yorkshire Squares'.
Bronwen ap Harri was sending postcards via the Internet at Planet Connect cyber cafe on Cross Belgrave Street.
Emmerdale stars Frazer Hines and Liz Hobbs open the new RSPCA shop on Street Lane in Roundhay. Also pictured is Elizabeth Lindsay, appeal shops area manager, and Prince and Charles, the Shire horses from Tetley.
Members of the cast from the Ralph Thoresby School production of Voices of the Living and the Dead. It was being staged to mark the reopening of the school's John Sowerby Theatre which was damaged in an arson attack.
BBC children's art programme Smart filmed at Wadlands Hall Farm in Farsley. A giant horse, pictured, was made using items of riding equipment, with the help of pupils from nearby Priesthorpe High School.
Olympic javelin thrower Mick Hill, aided by Maggie Still, athletics development officer gives throwing training for a group of girls from Parklands High at South Leeds Sports Stadium. Under tuition is Sharlene Anderson.
A scene of despair and disappoinment inside Woodies in Headingley as England crashed out of the Euros to Germany on penalties in the semi-final.
Leeds bus drivers Julie Bland and Martin O'Hara tied the knot. They were met by this 1965 AC Routemaster double decker outside St Aidans Church in which Julie had arrived earlier with her father.
This 1932, 0-6-0 diesel shunter, the first to be built at the Hunslet Engine Works and had been restored over two years by Graham Parkin. Coun Linda Middleton flags off the engine at Middleton Railway on its inaugural run.
The new National Express bus station opened at Dyer Street ibn Leeds. Pictured is the check-in desk
Labour leader Tony Blair chats with proud father Alan Routledge whose wife Sharon had given birth to quads at St James's Hospital.
Some of the floats in the Leeds Lord Mayor's Parade make their way along Calverley Street in the city centre.
Blanche Holmes (front) with youngsters who meet every Thursday to play games on the green at Torre Crescent. Blanche is organiser for the Sumrie Residents Association who were bidding for millennium cash to build a leisure centre.
Workmen laying cable TV on West End Lane in Horsforth accidentally cut through a gas sevices pipe causing a four foot flame near a house, pictured fire and gas officers inspecting the damage.
Radio Aire FM's Vicky Locklin was in a foam bath on Kirkstall Road to present her breakfast show.
This is not a vacuum cleaner but a chewing gum busting machine bought by Leeds City Council and being demonstrated on white flagstones outside the Civic Hall.
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