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"A Great Day" - open day success at Leeds GATE

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By Helen Jones |  April 29, 2013 |

Hilary Benn at Leeds GATEAfter all the planning, arranging and rearranging, the great day arrived and the new Learning and Resource Center at the Leeds GATE office in Cross Green, was opened in fine style. Guests from across the country, community members and people from all sorts of organisations, joined Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP to celebrate with us.

The Gypsy Roma Traveller Achievement Service (LCC) said "This is exactly the right place for the archive we have collected together for over thirty years to be held"  Helen Jones, Leeds GATE CEO agreed, "this is a resource for all the communities of Leeds which presents and opportunity for us to learn together and to value our shared histories".

Mr Benn was delighted to formally open the center and commented that “Training is a really important part of the work that Leeds GATE does and I hope that this initiative will enable a better mutual understanding of both Travelling and settled communities.”

We were delighted to welcome over sixty people on the day, including representatives from NHS England, Leeds City Council, Article 12 from Scotland, National Federations of Gypsy Liaison Groups,  Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, and a wide range of local third sector groups.  The visitors heard about the ten year history of Leeds GATE and had a chance to look at the exhibits and library, and enjoyed music from the Doyles - Simon Doyle and his three daughters who are renowned Irish Traveller players of Irish traditional music.

Simon Doyle and his three daughters,Irish Traveller musicians
Simon Doyle and his Daughters

 

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