YEP carol concert brings festive cheer and lights up Leeds Minster

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The festive season got off to a rousing start as the YEP carol concert lit up Leeds Minster.

The hugely popular annual event included all the sights and sounds of Christmas on a heartwarming night that kept the winter chill well and truly at bay.

Chorister Karolis Dauksys, singing during the services.

Chorister Karolis Dauksys, singing during the services.

A crowd of hundreds packed into the newly-created Leeds Minster, formerly Leeds Parish Church, for the event on Thursday evening.

The concert included a performance from the distinguished YEP brass band, who played a selection of seasonal favourites for the congregation along with the Choir of Leeds Minster.

Duncan Wood, of ITV’s Calendar, switched on the Christmas tree lights this year, along with chorister Blessing Murombo, for the high point of the service.

Duncan also read a children’s story for Christmas called the Velveteen Rabbit, adapted from the famous book by Margery Williams, which tells the story of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to become real through the love of his owner.

Generous Leeds children also took their chance to spread some seasonal goodwill by donating presents and putting them under the huge tree in the Minster.

They will go to children living in difficult circumstances across the city this Christmas.

Yorkshire Evening Post features editor Jayne Dawson, who attended the service, said: “This service is a YEP tradition which signals the start of Christmas for many people.

“The YEP brass band gave a lovely performance, as did the Minster choristers.

She added: “It was a very enjoyable service and it was heartwarming to see the generosity of Leeds children as they placed their gifts under the tree to give to other children who are less fortunate at Christmas.”

Leeds Parish Church was given the title of Minster to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.

The church stands on a site occupied by a place of worship for more than 1,000 years.

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