Leeds is slowly but surely recovering from the devastating Boxing Day floods, and yesterday social enterprise Seagulls celebrated as they reopened their paint store which was severely damaged by the water.
The not-for-profit on Kirkstall Road, which supplies leftover paint and art workshops to vulnerable people, had been closed since the chaos nearly a fortnight ago.
But yesterday chief executive of Leeds City Council Tom Riordan and Coun Lucinda Yeadon joined volunteers at Seagulls for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark its reopening.
Staff from the Trinity Centre also attended, after they lent essential equipment to Seagulls for its clean-up, including a T3 machine which helped suck the moisture out of the flooded building.
Project manager Kate Moree said: “It went really well.
“CouncillorYeadon cut the ribbon and it really was an emotional moment.
“If you had told us last week we’d have been opening so soon, I wouldn’t have believed you.”
Seagulls’ paint store has reopened and work is advancing to ensure its studio also opens as soon as possible.
The store opened in 2006 on Kirkstall Road, and has a team of over 50 volunteers who collect the paint from people with leftovers to spare after decorating.
Yorkshire Evening Post readers are digging deep to help support the Leeds Flood Relief Appeal.
The appeal, which was launched by Leeds Community Foundation last week, has already raised more than £14,000.
And readers are being urged to continue to show their support to help businesses, individuals and organisations who were left devastated by the Boxing Day floods.