Video: Bridge opened in Leeds in honour of Buffalo Bill

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He was the most celebrated Americans of his era with a reputation that spread worldwide.

Now Buffalo Bill is to be remembered for generations to come in Leeds after history-savy school children voted to name one of the city’s bridges after him.

Pupils from Kirkstall Valley Primary School, won a competition to re-name a bridge at Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall, Leeds. PIC: Simon Hulme

Pupils from Kirkstall Valley Primary School, won a competition to re-name a bridge at Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall, Leeds. PIC: Simon Hulme

In January the 32 metre bridge that links Cardigan Fields Entertainment and Armley Mills museum over the river Aire was removed for vital maintenance work and a redecoration.

The site’s owners Cardigan Fields entertainment, set up a competition in conjunction with local Kirkstall Valley Primary School, to re-name the bridge. All classes were given a brief history about the area and the bridge in a morning assembly.

The winning name was The Buffalo Bill Bridge, in honour of the two times he visited Leeds for a live showcase at Cardigan Fields in 1892 and again in 1903.

Buffalo Bill was renowned as a great scout and hunter. During the American Civil War, he served for the Union forces and later as a scot for the US Army during the Indian Wars, receiving the Medal of Honor in 1872. He helped popularise the myth of cowboy and the American Wild West. The NFL team the Buffalo Bills is named in his honour.

To celebrate the reopening, children from the school ran across the bridge, enjoying the warm summer weather which has finally found its way to the city.

Dan Wharton Marketing Manager at Cardigan Fields said: “Kirkstall Valley primary school have really come up trumps calling our bridge after the world famous showman Buffalo Bill.”

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