Leeds to host top sports exhibition

SPORTING OPPORTUNITY: Project co-ordinator Rachel Tapp admiring the new exhibition Sporting Heroes at Leeds City Museum.
SPORTING OPPORTUNITY: Project co-ordinator Rachel Tapp admiring the new exhibition Sporting Heroes at Leeds City Museum.
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A NEW exhibition in Leeds is shaping up to be a top-of-the-league attraction for sport fans.

The Leeds City Museum exhibition features a host of Yorkshire-related items from the worlds of football, rugby and cricket.

Olympic and Paralympic memorabilia is also on display to help sport lovers get in the mood for next year’s London games.

And event organisers at the West Yorkshire Archive Service (WYAS) are confident it will pull in plenty of punters until its run draws to a close on July 3.

Graham Hebblethwaite, chief officer of West Yorkshire Joint Services, which oversees the work of WYAS, said: “Sport plays such a big part in the lives of the people of Leeds and it is great to see that we can promote this fascinating part of our culture.”

Items of interest include:

* A Leeds United shirt signed by Whites legend John Charles and Real Madrid icon Alfredo Di Stefano;

* A Wakefield Trinity rugby top worn by star player Harper Oliver Hamshaw in the 1880s;

* A cap and blazer that once belonged to cricketing great Maurice Leyland, who played more than 500 matches for Yorkshire between 1920 and 1946.

The Sporting Heroes exhibition is one of a number of community schemes being financed by a recent £158,200 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to WYAS.

Based in Wakefield, WYAS collects and preserves items from the 12th century to the present day.

* Leeds United have announced plans for a club museum at their Elland Road ground. It is hoped the attraction will be located in a 4,500 sq ft space being created during the redevelopment of the stadium’s East Stand.