12-year-old Leeds United fan who won YEP Burley Banksy competition sees design come to life
A 12-year-old Leeds United fan who won a YEP competition to design her own box has had her dreams realised after teaming up with the artist to bring her sketch to life.
Imogen-Leigh Fear has been attending home matches with her granddad and grandma since she was just 18 months old.
On match days, the trio park at the top of Beeston Hill and Immi always looks out for the Burley Banksy art work on their walk to Elland Road.
So when the chance to send in her own design to the YEP competition held in early 2020, Immi jumped at the opportunity and sent in her design pictured.
Andy McVeigh - known as the Burley Banksy - picked Immi as the winner from the entrants and loved her design.
First prize for the competition was the chance to replicate their own design on a box in Leeds.
Speaking after she received the news, Immi said: "I am really excited at winning the Burley Banksy competition and can’t wait to be able to go out and help get my design painted.
"I am really missing going to Elland Road and watching Leeds, especially as we are so close.
"Watching Leeds is my special thing I do with Grandad and Grandma and I will feel proud seeing my design as we all walk to the ground.
However, Covid restrictions delayed the prize through 2020.
The pair finally teamed up last weekend (June 12/13) and painted Immi's work onto a box on Cemetery Road, Holbeck.
Immi told the YEP her design looked even better in reality than she had expected.
She added: "Now that my design has been done, it looks even better than I thought it would!
"I am proud that my design is on an electrical box, so lots of people will be able to see it.
"I loved working with Andy.
"He was really kind and fun to talk to.
"I have been going to Elland Road since I was eighteen months old and I love the club."
The design becomes one of many across Leeds loved by Leeds United fans.