How Leeds celebrated Christmas during the 1980s

These photos turn back the clock to showcase how Leeds celebrated Christmas during the 1980s.

Thursday, 24th December 2020, 11:28 am
Enjoy these memories of Leeds at Christmas in the 1980s.
Enjoy these memories of Leeds at Christmas in the 1980s.

They provide a fascinating insight into how a city came together with a sense of festive spirit in a decade which featured Rubik's Cube, Masters of the Universe, Glow Worm, Cabbage Patch Kids, Transformers and the Nintendo Entertainment System among the 'must have' presents. Singles which made it to the top of the Christmas charts included Come On Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners (1982), Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? (1984), Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley (1987) and Ride On Time" by Black Box (1989). Raise a Babycham and enjoy this trip down memory lane. READ MORE: 24 Leeds restaurants you may remember from the 1980s LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook

Around 300 people braved the cold to welcome Leeds City Station's latest distinguished visitor at Christmas in 1982.
Outside Wykebeck School where people queued for the annual Wykebeck 'Family Allowance Toy Fair' in 1982. It was an opportunity to buy Christmas toys at reasonable prices thanks to donations by local firms and business fairs including 'Toy City'

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Carol singing for the Leeds Council for Voluntary Services Christmas Appeal at Leeds City Station in 1982.
Meet 'Scruffy,' an unwanted puppy who is the star of a children's record in 1982 which pointed out the plight of pets given as Christmas presents - then abandoned. Most of the royalties earned by 'Scruffy's Song' were due to go to the RSPCA.
Christmas 1984 and Ronald Magill, alias Emmerdale's Amos Brearley, helps launch Help the Aged's Northern Christmas Appeal. Throwing fake snowballs are, from left, Parminder Binji, Matthew Birch, Stuart Perkins and Erica Withington.
Christmas 1985 and festive generosity was guaranteed to bring city centre buskers out in force to fill the bustling streets with music ranging from rock to the classics. Pictured Andrew Wilson (keyboards) and David Smith (sax) entertain shoppers on Commercial Street.
Father Christmas arrives aboard a 1920 Fowler showman's engine at department store Schofields in 1986.
Christmas 1985 and these singers with their sights on stardom performed in a festive charity show to help young people in Chapeltown. The girls - who called themselves Silk Cut - are Carol Beckles, Eileen Morton and Erma Norford.
Christmas 1989 and staff at the Nursery Equipment Repair Scheme were making hundreds of crafted wooden toys which will be sold at bargain prices to low income families in Leeds.
1981 and Lyndsey Barron (left) and Emma Sutcliffe, who play fairy dolls in their school's Christmas concert, look just a little bewildered by the whole thing as they take part in rehearsals.
Nick Bull of North Leeds CC bowls during a Boxing Day fixture on Roundhay Park in 1983.
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