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The new century began with a celebration. On 18th May 1900, news reached Leeds of the relief of Mafeking. According to the Yorkshire Post 'Bunting sprouted like magic. Every other tramcar floated a Union Jack from the trolley pole, the national emblem decorated scores of hansoms'. The photograph shows the celebrations at the corner of Briggate and Duncan Street.

Not many years later, in 1908, Briggate was decorated again for the visit of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, who came to Leeds to open the new University buildings. Elaborate decorations were put up in Briggate, which was on the route of the royal procession.
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Relief of Mafeking, 1900
Relief of Mafeking, 1900
Visit of King Edward VII, 1908
Visit of King Edward VII, 1908




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