Lights in Leeds are a touching tribute to loved ones

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Christmas spirit shone and sparkled brightly at one of the most moving occasions in Leeds’s festive calendar.

The Light Up A Life carol service is held each year as the culmination of a Yorkshire Evening Post appeal that lets the people of the city pay touching tribute to their lost loved ones.

Readers are given the annual opportunity to sponsor a decoration on a Christmas tree at the Light shopping centre.

The names of those with lights dedicated to them are listed on a roll of honour that takes pride of place by the tree.

And tonight the lights were switched on and the roll of honour unveiled at the traditional appeal carol service.

YEP editor Jeremy Clifford told the people gathered for the event: “The reason we are here tonight is to take some time to remember those who are no longer with us.

“I think everyone here knows all too well that Christmas is a time when happiness and sadness go hand in hand. It is a time when we miss our lost loved ones even more.”

Donations for Light Up A Life go to the YEP’s Half and Half Appeal for Leeds hospices St Gemma’s and Sue Ryder Wheatfields.

This year the festive fundraiser has generated £9,310.

The Half and Half Appeal is thought to be the longest-running newspaper charity campaign in the country.

It began in 1982 and has so far raised more than £2.8m, which has been split equally between St Gemma’s and Sue Ryder Wheatfields.

The YEP recently launched a new push to take the fundraising total through the £3m barrier.

To donate, visit the web page.