Festive spirit on show in Leeds at YEP’s service with a smile

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They came, they donated and they well and truly sang their hearts out.

The occasion was the annual Yorkshire Evening Post carol service, attended by hundreds of tradition-loving Leeds residents.

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Held in the stirring surroundings of Leeds Minster, the service is regarded as one of the highlights of the city’s festive celebrations.

And, as usual, there was no shortage of seasonal cheer and generosity on display at the event.

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Service-goers brought with them a whole host of gifts to place under a tree supplied by Leeds’s Harewood estate.

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Those presents will now be passed onto poorly and underprivileged children, bringing some added sparkle to their Christmas.

A collection also raised funds for the YEP’s long-running Half and Half Appeal, which supports city hospices St Gemma’s and Sue Ryder Wheatfields.

This evening’s service was led by the Rev Canon Sam Corley, Rector-designate of Leeds Minster. He told the YEP: “This is my first Christmas at the Minster and the carol service is something I have been looking forward to a great deal.

“It is a chance for us to celebrate again the hope offered to all the world by the story of God coming among us at Christmas.

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“And it reminds us to join in with God in reaching out to those in need within our communities, bringing light even where there is darkness.”

Music at the service came from the choir of Leeds Minster and the Yorkshire Evening Post Brass Band.

Carols sung included Once In Royal David’s City, Away In a Manger and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

There was also a reading of John Betjeman’s Christmas by Duncan Wood, presenter of ITV’s Calendar programme.

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Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technology, culture and skills, read from the Gospel of St Luke.

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