Leeds Minster service marks rugby milestone

Jamie Jones-Buchanan delivered a moving speech at the service. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
Jamie Jones-Buchanan delivered a moving speech at the service. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
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A MOVING service at Leeds Minster celebrated the 150th anniversary of rugby’s arrival and huge influence in the city.

Members and management of the Leeds Rhinos squad were at the event, with England forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan giving a talk on ‘rugby, faith and me’.

Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott also spoke to highlight the qualities of human life that rugby hones, and the event remembered Leeds players who lost their lives in the First World War.

The 80 minute service was open to both rugby codes and all teams in the city.

It was part of the culmination of a year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of rugby in Leeds.

It was organised by the Leeds Rugby Foundation Heritage Committee. As well as the inspirational talks, there was poetry and a choir, with many dignitaries also attending.

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Early Morning Light on Harold Park with Swans in the foreground

The park is named after Harold Gathorn Hardy who died in 1881 at the age of 32. Harold helped establish the family run Low Moor Ironworks.In 1899 a recreation ground was added to the park, while in the early 20th century Low Moor Gala was held raising money for local hospitals. In 1931 Horsfall playing fields were added to the park, in 2014 these became a Queen Elizabeth II Playing fields and also contains Horsfall Stadium.

Harold Park is a small urban park in Low Moor, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The park is open all day all year round. To the immediate north of Harold Park is Horsfall Stadium home to Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C. and Albion Sports A.F.C. Park Dam is a short walking distance to the south.

The park has been given a Green Flag Award and the Platinum award from The Royal Horticultural Society Yorkshire in Bloom for open spaces.

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