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Pedestrian wins National Lottery support for ‘Living Legacies’

Pedestrian has been awarded a National Lottery grant of £9,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support ‘Living Legacies’. This new programme will match young parents from Highfields, residents of The Y, and young people attending the Transgender Centre of Excellence at Leicester LGBT centre with professional spoken word artists to retell the stories of three heritage sites in Leicester.

The Clock Tower, Leicester Market Place and Top Hat Terrace are to be the subject of spoken word pieces created by the young people involved to retell their stories to a wider audience.

These city landmarks are well-known, but some of the stories attached to them are less familiar, including the history of protest at the Market Place, and the lives of the people represented on the Clock Tower. Top Hat Terrace is a building easily missed on London Road, but the busts on the building’s exterior illustrate the story of local private detective, ‘Tanky’ Smith, and his undercover disguises, bringing alive the history and character of the area.

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the final spoken word pieces will be filmed and shared online as a celebration of the groups’ achievements and the city’s diverse heritage.

Bob Christer, Director, Pedestrian, said: 'We’re delighted to have been awarded National Lottery funding, and the project gives us a great chance to bring these colourful stories back to life in a way that is fun and engaging. A great way to celebrate our 20th anniversary year.'

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