Dignatories battle winds to light giant menorah in Leeds celebrating Jewish festival of Chanukah

Coun Dan Cohen battles the windy conditions to light a giant menorah outside Leeds Art Gallery for the Civic Chanukah Party. Picture by Tony Johnson.
Coun Dan Cohen battles the windy conditions to light a giant menorah outside Leeds Art Gallery for the Civic Chanukah Party. Picture by Tony Johnson.
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Around 150 people have gathered in Leeds city centre for a special Chanukah party that featured attempts to light a huge menorah tonight.

The Civic Chanukah Party, which marked the Jewish festival of light, saw crowds gather in Victoria Gardens, in Leeds.

Children from Brodetsky Primary School’s choir performed at the event which came four days into the cultural celebration that comes to an end on Monday.

Despite strong winds the Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun Judith Chapman and Jewish dignatories tried to light the menorah before a party at Leeds Art Gallery and a parade of cars fitted with electric menorahs travelled through the city.

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