In 1980, the area between Headrow House and Lewis store was converted to Dortmund Square. To celebrate the 10 years of twinning the people of Dortmund presented the people of Leeds the bronze statue, sculpted by Arthur Shulze-Engels, of the Dortmund Drayman which now stands in the square.
In the Late 1980’s to mid 1990’s Leeds Sculptor Robert James White was granted special permission through his small family business, The Robert James White collection,to reproduce monuments in miniature. The Drayman in Leeds Dortmund Square was reproduced and presented to visiting dignitaries and some years later when Leeds and Siegen were twinned Robert James White was commissioned to produce a special statue as a presentation piece to the city of Siegen.
The idea of town twinning, which took off after World War 2, was conceived to foster friendship and understanding between different cultures and former foes as an act of peace and reconciliation.