Once Upon a Time in Holbeck – What About You?

Do you have a connection with Holbeck, past or present?  If so, you’re invited to share your memories, stories, facts and fiction with Slung Low Theatre Company.

The Company is collaborating with CEG (who are behind the £350m Temple developments at Globe Road) in order to launch the Holbeck story project entitled Once Upon a Time.  This initiative’s aim is to collect stories about Holbeck, which has a surprising and unexpected history.

All entries will be celebrated on 15 January at Holbeck Working Men’s Club, with prizes for the tales which are outstanding.  Judges are CEG, Carol Shaw (BAM Construction), Chris Skelton (Thompson Brand Partners) and Jon Howe, writer and blogger.  Prizes include £200 shopping vouchers, a mystery weekend and Leeds United tickets.

Aisling Ramshaw, Head of Sales and Marketing at CEG, said: “We are delighted to be working with Slung Low on this project, because we feel Holbeck is rich with history and untold stories. At CEG we really value history, not just in our buildings but real stories of people’s lives which have helped shape the area.”

Slung Low Holbeck’s Artistic Director, Alan Lane, said:  “One of the things Slung Low loves about Holbeck is the area’s diverse and proud history.  Holbeck is undergoing great change, and now is the perfect time to recognise the past as a new chapter begins and gather together wonderful stories of people, achievement, good times and bad.

We want to hear stories of times long gone, stories that have almost been forgotten, stories that have happened to you and stories that need to be told and heard. We also want to encourage people to share any photographs that accompany their stories and help further bring them to life.”

John Currie, Regional Director at Tolent, commented: “We’re really pleased to be supporting this competition and look forward to hearing all the wonderful stories from the local community.”

To submit a story, or to ask any questions about the project, email  holbecktales@slunglow.org. Stories can be submitted in different formats, including written and audio.  You can hand deliver your story to The Holbeck on Jenkinson Lawn, and if you would like to chat to a member of the team.

Feature photograph is the Slung Low Team.  Above is CEG’s Temple Development.

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