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Woodhouse Lane, looking north

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City Centre
Subject Year:
Leeds Library & Information Services
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LEO 8076
Woodhouse Lane, looking north
1988 Looking north along Woodhouse Lane from the junction with Great George Street(left)and Merrion Street. The Merrion Centre shopping centre is on the right with businesses including Barclays Bank around the outside and Confettis nightclub on the upper floor. Morrisons supermarket is further along. The tower blocks are Town Centre House and Merrion House with the Woodhouse Lane multi-storey car park in the background. On the left is the City of Leeds School, formerly Leeds Central Higher Grade School; this building is now used for Council Offices. Confetti’s nightclub opened in 1988, located on the first floor of the Merrion Centre on the right of this picture, attached to the existing club, Ritzy. Its monthly gay night regularly attracted crowds of over a thousand, with coach parties coming from as far afield as Nottingham and Manchester. The original DJ was Terry George, a Leeds-born entrepreneur who went on to open other LGBT-friendly venues in the city, including Bar Fibre and the Viaduct Showbar on Lower Briggate. George and his partner were also among the first gay couples in the UK to enter into a civil partnership, with a ceremony in Leeds on the morning of 21st December 2005. Link to full story with transcript on WYQS: https://wyqs.co.uk/stories/how-the-viaduct-became-a-gay-venue/terry-george-full-interview

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