West Leeds: Pudsey will light up for unique Christmas events

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Schoolchildren in Pudsey will turn the town’s bus station into a stage for a public showcase of their Christmas production.

Pudsey Grangefield students will perform West Side Story in the unique location as part of a month-long series of events planned in the run up to Christmas.

The town’s festive fun kicks off with local band The Dunwells switching on the Christmas lights on Friday November 14.

As well as hosting a free theatre performance, Pudsey bus station will also transform into an art gallery during the month, with an exhibition of artwork and pictures. Helen Buckle, head of communications at Pudsey Grangefield, told the YEP: “On the five Thursdays leading up to Christmas, starting on November 20, we have events planned for this unique venue including a preview of our Christmas production of West Side Story, as well as the over 18s painting and photograph competition.”

The Pudsey Grangefield students will be joined by pupils from Swinnow and Southroyd primary schools and Fulneck High School. The schools have collaborated before to raise money for Children in Need with a business market which will be returning to Pudsey market again this year.

Another highlight will be a Christmas party at Cafe Lux on Robin Lane in the town centre, where a raffle prize includes a helicopter flight over the city for two.

Paul Rylatt, chairman of the Pudsey Business support group, told the YEP that the Christmas fun will kick off what he hopes will be an eventful 2015 in Pudsey. He said: “In 2015 Pudsey is going to have its first ever summer fair, featuring stunt team inch perfect. We’ll also have car shows and food festivals. These events will continue to light up Pudsey.”

Visit www.welcometopudsey.co.uk for event information.

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