Burley Banksy BT mural row was victory for people power in Leeds - YEP Comment

They have been a colourful addition to the city’s streets that have helped to raise a smile during tough times.

Saturday, 28th August 2021, 8:17 am
Updated Saturday, 28th August 2021, 8:18 am
Just one of Burley Banksy's artworks in Leeds.

The striking murals, which encapsulate the pride and passion of Leeds, were daubed on broadband cabinets and electricity boxes by our very own Burley Banksy.

His designs ranged from celebrations of Leeds United right through to dedications to the fantastic NHS workers for their efforts during the height of the pandemic.

But a fierce row broke out after Openreach, the division of BT that maintains telephone boxes, had said Burley Banksy did not apply for the correct permissions to paint its cabinets.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

And that pride and passion for our city saw people unite - regardless of their support for the Beautiful Game or not - to campaign to bring back Andy McVeigh’s street art.

The company has now given him the green light to keep painting its boxes in Leeds.

It is something that has drawn division but let’s not forget - we’re all, Leeds aren’t we?

Support the YEP and become a subscriber today. Enjoy unlimited access to local news and the latest on Leeds United. With a digital subscription, you see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Click here to subscribe