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Looking back on 2017 in Leicester

It's been another significant year for Leicester, here's a look back at some of the stories and images which have made up 2017 in the city.

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Prince Charles visited Narborough Road in Leicester, to meet local traders and see the community hub at Westcotes Library.

Due to government cuts to our funding, we held a number of public consultations so that we could work with residents to make your local services fit for the future. These included libraries, community services and customer services points.


We set up a giant Valentine’s Day card at the Haymarket Shopping Centre. This gave the public an opportunity to show their love and support for the children's heart unit at Glenfield Hospital by signing the card.


We installed 22 bollards to improve pedestrian safety and tackle parking problems as part of a £2.2m investment across the city.

The countdown to the ICC Women’s World Cup began. Town Hall Square played host to a game of Kwik Cricket and a large clock was unveiled to get everyone into cricket fever.

As part of the Fairtrade Foundation’s Fairtrade Fortnight, we welcomed a coffee producer from Kenya, Esther Koskei – chairlady of the Kabng’etuny Women in Coffee Association, who gave a talk about the benefits of Fairtrade.

The fanzone area in Jubilee Square continued to build great atmosphere ahead of Leicester City’s games in the UEFA Champions League.


The Queen visited Leicester to take part in the Maundy ceremony with an estimated 16,000 lined up the streets to welcome the Queen.

Easter family fun day took place at Beaumont Market and the Easter Bonnet competition at Leicester Market, there were a lot of fun activities for the kids to get involved. We also had St George’s Festival which included some lively music and dance.


We approved the use of enforcement cameras to tackle illegal parking and stopping outside Leicester Railway Station.

Leicester paid tribute to the Manchester tragedy, people from all faiths and backgrounds gathered at Town Hall Square to show their support.

Councillor Rashmikant Joshi was declared Leicester’s Lord Mayor for 2017-2018, at the annual mayor making ceremony.


The opening of the new Pocket Park in Moira Street took place, have a look at our album which will give you an idea of the transformation that has taken place.

Huge crowds flocked to Abbey Pumping Station for the visit of Antiques Roadshow.

We also had the General Election and Castle Ward by-election which took place at Aylestone Leisure Centre.


As part of working on a new local plan, which sets out visions and objectives for Leicester’s growth over the next 15 years, we gave residents of Leicester the opportunity to have their say by holding a consultation.


In another busy month for events, we celebrated the annual City Festival where audiences braved the rain and cold at the outdoor Bollywood Cinema. As part of the City Festival, the city centre transformed in to a celebration of colour, dance and music for Little India and the Belgrave Mela.

Cyclists took over the streets at the Castle Classic and Ride Leicester.

The month also included the vibrant Caribbean Carnival and the Cosmopolitan Carnival.

We also joined forces with a charity to provide training to members of the local community on how to use defibrillators installed at parks around Leicester.


We announced plans to transform the area around the Clock Tower. Under the plans, Belgrave Gate, Haymarket and Church Gate will be reconstructed and pedestrianised, and a new road linking our two bus stations will be constructed.

Large crowds took to the streets for another vibrant celebration of the diversity of Leicester at Leicester Pride.

We also launched a crowd funding platform CrowdFundLeicester, the scheme will give a chance for people to pitch ideas that will make the city a better place to live, work or study. If you have ideas for a new project, why not create or back a project on the CrowdFundLeicester website.

Leicester’s historic sites also opened their doors to visitors of all ages for heritage open days.


Tens of thousands of people packed into the Golden Mile for the Diwali lights switch-on and Diwali Day, with the popular Wheel of Light which returned for a third year.


The City Mayor announced his new executive team. Find out more information about all of them and the areas they are responsible for on our website.

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

A by-election was held in the Eyres Monsell ward of following the resignation of Councillor Rory Palmer. Elaine Pantling emerged as the successful candidate.

Another large crowd enjoyed the Christmas lights switch-on, which included a beautiful ballet performance at St Peter’s Square, and some amazing food and drinks at our Christmas Market.


As part of the Waterside area development, we announced that works will begin across Vaughan Way for the creation of a super crossing.

We had a blanket of snow mid-December, turning Leicester into a winter wonderland. Have a look at our album of Leicester covered in snow and ice.