Photos of Captain Oates memorial event in Meanwood Park

A crowd gathered at Meanwood Park in Leeds on Saturday to honour explorer Captain Lawrence Oates on the centenary of his famous self-sacrifice when he walked out into the frozen wastes of Antarctica to try and give Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his colleagues a better chance of survival on their return from the South Pole.

To honour Captain Oates and the Oates family who owned the park formerly known as Meanwoodside, a blue plaque and interpretation panels were officially unveiled by Leeds North East MP Fabian Hamilton.

Images from the top:

The memorial cross of Edward Oates, Lawrence's grandfather who bought Meanwoodside for the family in the 1830s, which has been restored

The crowd gathers for the unveiling

Fabian Hamilton MP reveals the plaque and panels

Group shot in front of the plaque of (left to right): Moortown Councillors Sharon Hamilton and Rebecca Charlwood, Leeds City Council parks and countryside officers Phil Staniforth, Guy Smithson and Roy Greaux, president of the Meanwood Village Association Peter Bewell and his wife Christine and Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie

Group shot including Fabian Hamilton MP

Jane Bewer studying the plaque with sons Daniel (left) and Thomas

Cllr Ogilvie looking at the work of Year 5 pupils on Captain Oates and the South Pole expedition on display in Meanwood Church of England Primary School with Angie Foley and her daughters Elora and Tiegan


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