Creative Leeds couple create staggering Fairy Lane in Garforth as lockdown project after success of Christmas Candy Lane

A couple in their 70s have transformed their street into a fairy themed light parade for children to enjoy during lockdown.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 5:46 pm

The parade has turned part of The Crescent in Garforth into the newly named Fairy Lane after the same road attracted hundreds of visitors when it was transformed into Candy Lane at Christmas.

May and Rod Proctor, 70 and 72, decorated their street as something to do during lockdown as they're isolating but 'can't sit still'.

Apart from the lights, the couple have made everything themselves, including a fairy department store, two dentists, a fairy hair salon and a dress shop with fairy dresses made by May.

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May and Rod Proctor's Fairy Lane in Garforth (photo: James Hardisty)

Between the pair they have five children, 24 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren who they haven't been able to see properly, and they want to cheer them up using Fairy Lane as they 'feel really sorry for them' through the difficulties of the pandemic.

May said: "My garden is amazing and I want everyone to enjoy the Lane outside it that I've transformed into a fairy world.

"I've made all sorts including a fairy café and a pizza parlour and next to the department store there's a fairy house where all the fairies live.

May Proctor made Fairy Lane herself following the success of Candy Lane at Christmas (photo: James Hardisty)

"I didn't want to make a dolls house because I wanted to cater this for everyone and for it to be a bit different, so there are male fairies too.

"No one really makes fairy houses so I think that's why it's already been so popular."

After ordering all the dolls on eBay, May decorates them and their houses herself, and made her own wings for all the dolls to turn them into fairies.

She said people around Garforth 'know what she's like' and have been dropping off old furniture with her since Christmas' Candy Lane to give her the materials to make new things with.

May's fairy department store (photo: James Hardisty)

The 70-year-old added: "I'll never stop. This weekend I'm going to make another house and I want to keep giving my new fairy house different things.

"Loads of people have already visited Fairy Lane, but sadly not as many as who visited Candy Lane as the lockdown restrictions are stricter now.

"My garden is full of light and fairies and people go 'oh my gosh' when they see it.

"One of my daughters even said 'wow mum this is magical'.

"I'm really really pleased with it."

May has ordered some false grass and hopes to add some flowers to her fairy garden - which is 'low down' so it's easily accessible to children.

Fairy Lane's lights are switched on for six hours each day.