1. We gave the world M&S
Back in 1884, Michael Marks opened up his penny bazaar stall in Leeds Market before enlisting the help of Tom Spencer a decade later. Soon after, they moved to a permanent spot just around the corner and the rest, as they say, is history.
2. Leeds is home to the world’s largest animal armour
Did you know that The Royal Armouries has the biggest example of animal armour in the world? The elephant armour was brought back to Britain in 1801 by the former wife of the Governor of Madras and obtained by Royal Armouries in 1962.
3. Leeds is home to the longest running West Indian carnival in Europe
Everyone talks about Notting Hill, but the Leeds West Indian Carnival has been going for longer – in fact, it’s the longest running West Indian carnival in Europe. They’ve been going since 1967, and celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2017.
4. Leeds has an annual shopping lock-in event for students
Every September, Trinity holds The Trinity Leeds Student Night, a lock-in style shopping event where the city’s student population takes over the entire shopping centre. With over 80 brands taking part, up to 50% off and lots of free stuff, it’s one not to be missed.
5. There’s a Water Taxi
You can travel to the docks in style. Leeds has two water taxis that are completely free to use and exclusive to Leeds Dock. There are 2 pick-up/drop-off points which are located at Granary Wharf (just by the new South entrance of Leeds train station) & Leeds Dock. The water taxis run every 20 minutes and are completely free. All you need to do is hop on and enjoy the scenic journey.
6. Home to the Kaiser Chiefs
Ricky Wilson, lead singer of the band Kaiser Chiefs graduated from Leeds Beckett with a BA (Hons) Graphics & Art design, followed by a MA in the same subject. Formed in 2000, whilst Ricky was at our University, the band has gone on to produce four albums and receive numerous awards.
7. Its where Jelly Tots were discovered
Jelly Tots were accidentally discovered in 1967 by Leeds scientist Brian Boffey, from Horsforth. He was trying to come up with a way to produce a powdered jelly that set instantly when combined with cold water.