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Rose Lund

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Rose Lund (c.1922 - 20 March 2000) was a councillor who served as Chairman of the Rothwell Urban District Council from 1972 to 1973. She was one of the first councillors to represent the new Rothwell ward in the Leeds Metropolitan Council in 1974. Lund would go on to serve as Lord Mayor of Leeds in 1986.



Early life

Rose Lund was born c.1922 and her maiden name may be Miller.[1][unreliable source?]



Lund was a Labour councillor[2] in the Rothwell Urban District Council. She served as the Chairman of the council from 1972 to 1973[3] and was one of the last 24 councillors for the urban district before it was abolished. She was one of the first three councillors for the new Rothwell ward in the Leeds Metropolitan District council, alongside Joan de Carteret and Arthur Benson.[4]

Chairman of Leeds City Council's Licensing Committee

From 1974, Lund was Chairman of Leeds City Council's Licensing Committee. She approved the release of The Exorcist and Sex Farm but wouldn't approve the release of the "hit French sex film" Emmanuelle. Lund told a Daily Mail reporter her reasons for not approving the film:[5]

I'm not a fuddy-duddy.

I've let through other sex films and I allowed The Exorcist although there was a hell of a row.

But Emmanuelle had no story and no message except sex, sex, and more sex. I'm convinced the public don't want that and I'm going to protect them.

It's disgusting sex exploitation all the way through. Life is too precious for it to be degraded and shown in this way.

But I'm not totally againt sex films. Some of them make me laugh.

[On Sex Farm:] It was quite ridiculous and funny, that's why I allowed that one.

Rose Lund, "It's just sex and more sex, says Rose the censor" in the Daily Mail, 9 December 1975

Lund said that she would not let her children - between the ages of 16 and 27 - see Emmanuelle and thought the film could lead to more rape cases in Leeds. The decision to ban it by the committee was unanimous and the distributors protested the decision.[5]

Lord Mayor of Leeds

Lund was the Lord Mayor of Leeds from May 1986 to May 1987.[6]

On 9th March 1987, Lund met the Israeli ambassador Yehuda Avner at the Civic Hall.[7] Also in March 1987, Lund visited Kirkstall Middle School to meet the Leeds Schools' Rugby League squad who were to play Warrington Schools' squad in a curtain raiser to the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley in May of 1987.[8]

Personal life

Rose Lund married Ernest Lund in 1943. He died on 12th November 1984.[1][unreliable source?]

As of 1974, Lund had five children, four boys and a girl, between the ages of 16 and 27.[5] She was a "much loved mum and grandma".[1]


Lund died on 20 March 2000 and is laid to rest with her husband in Rothwell Cemetery.[1]




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Anon (no date) Rose Miller Lund (1922-2000), Find a Grave. Available at: (Accessed: 30 August 2023).
  2. Anon (2013) Leeds73002.jpg (191x1024 pixels). Available at: (Accessed: 30 August 2023).
  3. Champan, D. (2023b) Utter betrayal by Leeds City..., Facebook. Available at: (Accessed: 23 October 2023).
  4. Ward, S. (ed.) (2020) ‘Pat Phoenix in the park’, in Rothwell & District: Pictures & Memories from the Past. Leeds, West Yorkshire: Stephen Ward Photography & Publishing, p. 43.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Daily Mail Reporter (1974) “It’s just sex and more sex, says Rose the censor,” Daily Mail, 9 December, p. 11.
  6. Leeds City Council (No date) Lord Mayors &; Aldermen of Leeds since 1626. Available at: (Accessed: 29 August 2023).
  7. WYL2199/3/44/4 (no date) West Yorkshire Archive Service Online Catalogue. Available at: (Accessed: 16 September 2023).
  8. Hutchinson, A. (2022) ‘17 photos to take you back to Leeds in 1987’, Yorkshire Evening Post, 24 October. Available at: (Accessed: 16 September 2023).
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