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Statement following the news that screenwriter and LEEDS 2023 Patron Kay Mellor has passed away

We are deeply saddened and moved to hear of the sudden passing of Leeds legend and LEEDS 2023 patron Kay Mellor.

Kully Thiarai, Creative Director and Chief Executive of LEEDS 2023 has issued the following statement.

“This is such sad news. Kay was an unrivalled champion of Leeds and she leaves an incredible cultural legacy.

She took inspiration from the everyday and had that rare talent of creating universal stories that resonated with so many people, making us laugh and cry in equal measure.

Her support for LEEDS 2023 was absolute, as she understood the importance of culture in all our lives and was committed to supporting new talent and voices that traditionally don’t get the opportunity to be heard.”

Our thoughts are with Kay’s family and friends and the team at Rollem Productions.