West Leeds: Armley to dazzle for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

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Armley will transform itself into ‘Royal Armley’ for three days in June as people in the west Leeds suburb unite to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

A spectacular laser light show projected on to the walls of St Bartholomew’s Church will form the centrepiece of a weekend of celebrations.

The church will also become a ‘beacon’ as the whole building is lit up with a ‘flame’ thrown out from the tower.

A steering group has been set up to arrange the party weekend.

The ‘Royal Armley’ weekend is being co-ordinated by town centre manager Nigel Conder, who will work with Father Ian Wright from St Bartholomew’s Church.

Fr Ian told the YEP: “We are planning a great celebration here in Armley for the Jubilee involving Armley town centre. It will involve all faith communities and local groups and will culminate in lighting up St Bartholomew’s Church on June 4 with a beacon of real flame from the church tower.

“Flames of light will be projected on the church, as well as images of our Queen’s reign, over the weekend.” A service of thanksgiving for the Queen is also being planned.

A meeting of the Armley Community Forum heard a blue light laser show projected on to the ancient church walls would highlight all the key dates and times of the Queen’s reign.

Town Street will be closed for a day and events will be held on the moor, with visitors invited to dress up.

Christ Church will also do its bit, hosting a jubilee barbecue after its Sunday morning service. The area’s mosque and Sikh temple will also mark the jubilee. Mr Conder said: “We will have events from the Saturday through to the Monday. We are looking for ideas. It’s about getting people involved and making it a fun weekend for everybody.”

Call Mr Conder on (0113) 3950965 or 2474237.

Graham Pearce of KPMG

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