Looking back on 2016 in Leicester

LCFC supporters

It's been another significant year for Leicester, one which was arguably defined by a sporting triumph which had the whole world talking.

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Here's a look back at some of the stories and images which have made up 2016 in the city.


Leicester Riders marked their first appearance at the new Leicester Community Sports Arena with a 77-60 victory over Surrey Scorchers. 

We formally thanked the people who helped make the Rugby World Cup a success in the city, at a reception held at the King Richard III visitor centre.


Work began in earnest to convert the disused 19th century bank at 4 St Martins and bring it back into use as a delicatessen. Delilah Fine Foods opened their doors in June.


Friars Mill, the oldest surviving factory in Leicester, opened for business following an 18-month restoration and redevelopment project.


We joined the rest of the city in the #BackingTheBlues campaign, to show our support for Leicester City's title challenge. We lit Town Hall, City Hall and New Walk Museum in blue, and projected images of Foxes stars Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez on the Ramada Encore Hotel.


A huge spontaneous celebration took place on the streets of the city following Leicester City's incredible Premier League title win on Monday 2 May. 

This was followed by the victory parade on Monday 14 May, with 250,000 people packing the streets and Victoria Park to celebrate their team's success.

May also saw us celebrate the opening of the new Haymarket Bus Station with a display of vintage buses.


We announced plans to spend £2.2 million to help bring the former Haymarket Theatre back to life. The building will be taken on by the Haymarket Consortium, a group of individuals from a variety of backgrounds who want to bring the building back into use.

It was a busy month for events as we celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday, the annual Riverside Festival and our second Leicester Apprenticeship Hub graduation ceremony.


We helped celebrate the pioneer of popular tourism, Thomas Cook, who launched his travel business with a day trip from Leicester to Loughborough 175 years ago.

The Wonder Stuff headlined the annual Simon Says Festival at De Montfort Hall.


In another busy month for events, we celebrated the annual City Festival, National Play Day, the Caribbean Carnival, the Castle Classic and the SkyRide.


Large crowds braved the rain to enjoy Leicester Pride in the city centre and Victoria Park, while world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough visited New Walk Museum to unveil a new portrait of himself, painted by local artist Bryan Organ. 

Leicester welcomed European football for the first time in 16 years, with fans of FC Porto visiting for the Champions League match at the end of the month.


Tens of thousands of people packed into the Golden Mile for the Diwali lights switch-on and Diwali Day, while the popular Wheel of Light returned for a second year. We also hosted the Leicester Marathon.


Huge crowds packed into Abbey Park for the annual bonfire and fireworks spectacular, while the city paid its respects to the fallen on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.

Another large crowd enjoyed the Christmas lights switch-on, while celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli was the star turn at the Winter Food and Drink Festival.


We celebrated sporting success of all kinds at the Leicester City Sports Awards at City Hall.