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Leeds Kirkgate Market traders deck the halls thanks to grant cash

SPRUCE UP: Christmas decorations in Kirkgate Market.

SPRUCE UP: Christmas decorations in Kirkgate Market.

  • by Stuart Robinson
 

Christmas has arrived at Leeds’ Kirkgate market after traders decided to spend money on some extra festive cheer.

The popular market has been decked out with lights, new decorations have been hung and music is being played.

Earlier in the year Leeds City Council gave a grant of £100,000 to spend on marketing and promotion.

The traders chose to get some new decorations and put the money towards a bus marketing campaign in the lead up to Christmas.

Older decorations were also revamped by Passion4Fashion, a network of Housing Providers and Support Agencies in Leeds who are tackling exclusion creatively using art, fashion and design.

Festive activities at the market this year include brass bands, musicians and visits from Santa.

Santa will be at the market every Saturday giving out presents along with his reindeer on the open market and a Christmas play will be performed by children’s theatre company Alive and Kicking in the 1904 hall.

Councillor Gerry Harper, Leeds City Council markets champion, said: “The market looks really festive with the new decorations and music playing throughout the halls.

“There is plenty going on at the market on the lead up to Christmas, and it is an excellent place to source a true British Christmas dinner, with all the food you could possibly need.”

Sue Jennings from Passion4Fasion said volunteers had enjoyed sprucing up the market in time for Christmas.

She said: “The giant Christmas garlands to be hung up above the aisles needed a little TLC and an injection of colour and creativity! In true Passion4Fashion style, the girls recycled dusty old baubles donated from an attic or two and created lovely ribbon features from bargain cloth purchased from the market itself.

“This years colour scheme was red gold and green. And for only a few pounds and some kind donations the girls were able to spruce up the decorations beautifully!”

 

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