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Council back Rob Burrow plans and confirm civic reception

Rob Burrow

Since the tragic passing of Rob Burrow on the 2nd June 2024, there has been an unstoppable flood of tributes. Almost as soon as the news broke, fans of of all clubs began laying tributes to the former Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain man at the Rhinos’ Headingley home.

Earlier this week, incredible footage shared by the Yorkshire Evening Post shows the scale of the tribute to Burrow, with the club saying a total of 668 shirts have been laid in tribute to Rob Burrow. The club also announced plans to photograph and collate the tributes into a book of memorial.

Hull FC and Leeds Rhinos will honour Burrow’s memory when the two sides meet this weekend, and Leeds have a series of tributes planned for their next home Super League game at Headingley on the 21st June, including a special fundraising shirt for MND related causes.

Now, Leeds City Council have provided an update on plans for a lasting tribute to Burrow in the city.

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Council planning lasting Rob Burrow memorial

Rob Burrow

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Now, Leeds City Council have thrown their weight behind plans for a permanent tribute to Burrow in the city. In a statement on the council’s website, they explain that a council meeting will be held to discuss a report with recommendations on how to honour Burrow.

Whilst no final decision has been made, the council are fully supportive of the plans, and will also hold a large-scale civic event to honour Burrow’s memory. The statement said:

“The meeting, being held next Wednesday (June 19), will be told that – given his hugely positive impact on Leeds – it is important for the city to find a suitable way of celebrating his achievements, both on and off the field.

“A report being presented to the meeting makes it clear that no decision has yet been taken on how best to honour Rob.

“The report also stresses that the council will work closely with Rob’s family and the Rhinos as it explores ideas for a lasting tribute to a man who epitomised the very best of Leeds.

“Alongside this, the council will continue to give its wholehearted backing to the new Rob Burrow Centre for MND that is taking shape at Seacroft Hospital.

“The report also confirms that plans are being put in place for a large-scale civic event to be held in Rob’s memory in the near future.

Leader of Leeds City Council pays tribute to Burrow

Rob Burrow Leeds Rhinos

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Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor James Lewis, went on to pay tribute to Burrow in the statement. He praised the impact that Burrow had made both as a player, and later through his work to raise funds and awareness of MND. Lewis stated that the council is now determined to help commemorate Rob’s life and the work he did. Lewis said:

“Rob was a true Leeds hero, with his courage and relentless positivity inspiring people across the city and far beyond.

“The love, respect and admiration we have seen in the days since his death has been very moving, and illustrates how much he meant to so many.

“We now want to help commemorate Rob’s life, both as a sporting great and as someone whose struggle with MND made his name synonymous with bravery.

“It will be our privilege to work with Rob’s family, the Rhinos and indeed the city as a whole to make sure his legacy lives on.”

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