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About this book

Beecroft Publications
978-0993090905 [ISBN]

Painting the Town Silver: The Life and Times of Leslie Silver OBE

Painting the Town Silver is the life story of an extraordinary man, Leslie Silver OBE. A quintessential rags to riches story, it begins in the East End of London in the early twentieth century and develops via early experience in the clothing industry, service in Bomber Command during World War II, the creation from scratch of a multi-million pound paint business to a considerable contribution to the life of the City of Leeds. Leslie's support and work for many worthwhile causes and institutions has been exemplary. He is well known for his contribution to sport - in particular as Chairman of Leeds United, to education - as Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University, and through his support of the arts and theatre. His foresight, tenacity and audacity allowed him to become a pioneer in the Yorkshire paint industry which eventually transformed him into an outstanding philanthropic industrialist. In typically modest fashion, Leslie was reluctant to commit his life story to paper, but was persuaded to create this memoir of a life fully-lived for the benefit of future generations, and to celebrate his 90th birthday in January 2015. John Fisher, a local writer well-known to Leslie's family, was commissioned to write the memoir which is accompanied by a rich photographic record and spans six generations of the Silver family.

"This book is a belated fitting tribute to a great bloke who has given so much and asked for so little in return." Howard Wilkinson.

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