Where are you from?

When we are somewhere else in the country filming corporate videos, we often get asked about Leeds. So here are a few fun facts to those who don’t know the city.

In 1984, during the building of the Armley Gyratory road, the bones of an ancient hippo were discovered. It is believed to date back around 130,000. You can see the remains at Leeds City Museum.

Leeds has given the world a host of literary giants. Alan Bennett is perhaps the most well-known, with ‘Talking Heads’ a cornerstone of British playwriting. Barbara Taylor Bradford sold over 30 million copies of ‘A Woman of Substance’. Tony Harrison wrote poems like ‘V’ and Arthur Ransome penned ‘Swallows and Amazons’ right here in Leeds.

The famous Leeds West Indian Carnival has been running longer than any other in Europe (even longer than Notting Hill Carnival). It started in 1967 and it’s still going strong today. It happens on August bank holiday weekend.

Leeds United were the first club to retail replica shirts. This happened back in 1975 when they bought extra kits to sell to their fans.
The kit was an all white shirt based on the design of Real Madrid.

The first British internet service provider was founded in Leeds. Back then it was called Freeserve. It was bought by a French Telecom firm called Wannadoo for £1.65 billion. Then in 2004, Freeserve was rebranded as Wannadoo UK. Today, it is known as EE’s broadband service.

For more helpful info check out Home – Visit Leeds

In 2023 Leeds is celebrating its culture with LEEDS 2023 | Year of Culture

As drone video and photographers we get to see all the beautiful countryside around Leeds too!

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