Leeds nostalgia: Christmas past

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Leeds has always kept Christmas well and even the inmates at Armley Jail were allowed to decorate the prison in 1963.

The Yorkshire Evening Post toy appeal was in full swing in 1966 and our picture of a fish and game shop dressed for Christmas takes us even further back to an age where modern standards of hygiene would have been laughable.

Father Christmas at Leeds City Station in 1975.

Father Christmas at Leeds City Station in 1975.

Leeds Corporation were always keen to have the city illuminated to the highest possible standard while the changing fashions in the Christmas crowds gradually betrayed the passing of the years.

Only Santa, always in Leeds, has remained perennial.

As part of our festive coverage, we want you to send your pictures and memories of Christmas past. We would also love to hear about any of your family traditions.

Now send us YOUR memories! To feature on this page email your pictures with accompanying caption to david.clay@jpress.co.uk

Margaret Thatcher with the man who did her voice, Steve Nallon, as Spitting Image puppets are displayed for auction at Sotheby's in London Friday 7 July 2000.  More than 200 puppets and 100 sketches from the Spitting Image show are 
being sold by Sotheby's on behalf of one of its creators Roger Law at www.sothebys.amazon.com over a fortnight. See PA story SALE Spitting. PA photo: Toby Melville.

Leeds nostalgia: Our Steve was real Spitting Image in 1985