Friday, 26 December 2014

Leicester City FC

Friday 26th December 2014 kick off 15:00hrs

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Barclays Premiership
Leicester City FC 1 v Tottenham Hotspur FC 2
King Power Stadium
Filbert Way

Attendance: 31,870
Admission : £40
Weather: Cold

Leicester's landmark Liberty Statue has been put on display in its new home. The statue, which used to be housed on top of the former Liberty Shoe Factory overlooking the River Soar was publicly revealed on its new home on 17 December 2008. It has been given pride of place on a 4.5-metre plinth on the Swan Gyratory roundabout, just a stone's throw from the site where it originally stood.  

The statue is on show again for the first time in five years after minor restoration work, as well as the installation of cables, lighting and plants on the roundabout. So just like New York and Paris, Leicester also has it's very own Statue of Liberty - who would have thought that.

Leicester also has urban decay to match the very best urban decayers. 

Leicester Tigers (officially Leicester Football Club) is a rugby union that plays in the Aviva Premiership. Leicester are the most successful English club since the introduction of league rugby in 1987, a record 10 times English champions. 

Spoons time - first up is the High Cross.

Followed by Timmy Martin's version of the Rialto Bridge in Venice, or as it is more commonly known the "Corn Exchange".

Inside the Corn Exchange 

     Christmas at Spoons - The Last Plantagenet.  

Spoons history lessons

        Now for something completely different - local brewers "Everards" pub - The Barley Mow.

The Foxes have their own chippy

The last bastion of light engineering in the East Midlands

More of Leicester Tigers 

HMP Leicester - handy for an over night stay if you miss your last train home. It's famous inmates include Mark Morrison, he of "Return of the Mack" fame, Ricky Tomlinson - My Arse and Charles Bronson - who has "ticked off" the greatest number of prisons in Britain by a single prisoner. A diverse trio if ever there was.

The building in the foreground is Leicester City Council's office - which not unsurprisingly is due for demolition soon. So you need to visit quickly, if you wish to see this eyesore for yourself.

Back inside the High Cross - Spoons

More of the High Cross from the outside.

The last king of the Plantagenet dynastyRichard III, was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field on 22 August 1485, during the Wars of the Roses. His body was taken to Greyfriars Friary in Leicester, where it was buried in a crude grave in the friary church. Following the friary's dissolution in 1538 and its subsequent demolition, Richard's tomb was lost. An account arose that Richard's bones had been thrown into the River Soar at the nearby Bow Bridge. However, the recent find of his remains underneath a car park have confirmed that this was not the case. He has since been laid to rest in Leicester cathedral, and the friends of the Richard III Society organised this statue to remember him by. 

Leicester Market - home of the famous Lineker "Fruit & Veg" stall.

Residents of Leicester will be pleased to see the town hall in all its glory during the festive period. 

The Grade II listed Turkey Café, with its Art Nouveau style of architecture, is situated on Granby Street, facing the bottom of Bishop Street.  It was designed in 1901 by Arthur Wakerley, a popular Leicester architect, and is a fine example of Wakerley’s interest in exotic and extravagant designs.  It was built for restaurateur John Winn, who already owned several cafes in the city, each with a different theme.  

Social Housing

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Nelson Mandela Park, with Leicester Tigers ground in the background.

   Burger and Fries, go to together like a house on fire.

                                                   The River Soar which runs past the ground,  

The long awaited return of Old Fordy - you remember him, don't you readers?

Some match day action pics, for our loyal readership base.

Harry Kane "He's one of our own".

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