Leeds landmark falls dark for ‘Earth Hour’

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A LEEDS landmark will be plunged into darkness this weekend as part of a worldwide awareness event.

The lights at Leeds Town Hall’s clock tower will be turned off to mark Earth Hour.

The lights around the city centre landmark clock will be switched off for one hour, starting from 8.30pm on Saturday, March 19.

The worldwide Earth Hour event will see individuals, businesses and landmarks switch off their lights for one hour as a symbol of their support for the campaign, which aims to raise awareness of and tackle climate change.

Since it was launched in Sydney, Australia back in 2007, the number of Earth Hour participants has grown to 172 countries and territories. Earth Hour aims to save energy whilst putting the spotlight on various climate change issues facing the planet.

It also aims to inspire people around the world to live more sustainably.

For more information, or to get involved in Earth Hour, visit the website at www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour.

For possible use in the YP From the Archive series.''10th May 1988''THE MIGHTY Mallard, pride of Britain's railway history, puffed into Leeds Station today with a raging thirst.''It was pulling such a heavy load - 12 carriages carrying 250 top Post Office customers and stamp collectors - that it needed extra water supplies at Holbeck.''"The last thing we wanted was the boiler blowing up on Britain's pride and joy," said Mr Philip Round, Post Office Information Officer.''Mallard was making a special run across the Pennines from Manchester Victoria to mark two major anniversaries:

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