It was a wet and slightly chilly start to the bank holiday weekend this year in Leeds, but a look through our photography website, Leodis (www.leodis.net), shows that this isn’t unusual for the city at Easter time. Here’s a photo from Easter weekend two years ago, when the Trinity Leeds shopping centre first opened its doors and welcomed over 132,000 people on its first day. Look at that snow-covered glass roof!
Back in 1988, worshippers braved more miserable weather to take part in an Easter service at the top of Otley Chevin. Our photo shows them huddled beneath their umbrellas around the 30-foot wooden cross erected there every year since 1968. It takes fifty volunteers to raise the landmark, and the current cross uses materials salvaged from the Manchester Arndale Centre after it was damaged by a bomb in 1996.
Our next picture takes us to Roundhay Park in the early 1900s, where crowds have gathered around the bandstand to listen to live music. Two clues in the image suggest this was most likely taken at Easter time: firstly, the lack of leaves on the trees in the background and, secondly and perhaps more tellingly, the fact that everyone is dressed in their best clothes.
Finally, let’s fly up into the air above Hyde Park for an aerial view of Woodhouse Moor in the springtime. This photo was taken in 1952, around the time of the Easter fair, and shows the pattern of the pathways nicely as they radiate to each corner from the central circle. Another feature of the park revealed clearly from the air is the covered reservoir along the right-hand side of the frame. This dates back to 1837 (but wasn’t covered over until 1865) and gave its name to the road visible on the right edge, which we now call Clarendon Road but which used to be named Reservoir Street.