Fairy makes festive friend on Leeds Reindeer Trail

Northern Ballet dancer Nami Kitagawa, as Tinkerbell, with Northern Ballet's Tinkerbell-inspired reindeer
Northern Ballet dancer Nami Kitagawa, as Tinkerbell, with Northern Ballet's Tinkerbell-inspired reindeer
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It was a case of beauty and the beast when mischievous fairy Tinkerbell came face to face with a daintily-dressed reindeer inspired by her.

Northern Ballet dancer Nami Kitagawa, 18, flew into the Victoria Quarter, Leeds, to view the dance company’s sparkling stag.

It is one of 16 life-sized statues which form the city’s Reindeer Trail – each one uniquely decorated and sponsored by a Leeds firm.

Visitors are encouraged to discover all 16 around the city, take selfies with them and post them to social media tagging them #MagicalLeeds. However, six of the artistic creations were damaged by vandals within hours of being unveiled.

The Northern Ballet’s reindeer was among the statues which had their antlers snapped off.

Magical Leeds, backed by the YEP, is a collaboration between organisations including Leeds City Council and Opera North.

The campaign is part of the VisitEngland-led Growing Tourism Locally project, funded by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and private investment.

Alex Newman, partner at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds

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