Hundreds of people are set to raise the roof at a Leeds church to mark the Yorkshire Evening Post’s annual carol concert.
More than 650 well-wishers have asked for tickets to the festive service for a night of celebration and singing at Leeds Minster, formerly Leeds Parish Church, from 7pm on Thursday, December 3.
Canon Sam Corley will conduct the service and will be accompanied by the church’s choir alongside members of the Yorkshire Evening Post Brass Band.
The congregation are invited to bring a small new gift or toy to place under the tree as part of the annual gift-giving ceremony.
The gifts, which should be marked with the gender and age of the recipient, will be distributed to sick and vulnerable children from across the city.
Donations are also being collected to support the YEP’s Half and Half Appeal.
The Appeal is believed to be the longest running regional newspaper charity campaign in the country.
Money raised from the appeal, which launched back in 1982, will be split between Wheatfields Hospice, in Headingley, and St Gemma’s Hospice, in Moortown.
Nicola Furbisher, managing editor of the YEP, said: “The YEP’s Christmas Carol Concert is fast becoming a staple of the city’s Christmas calendar.
“It will be a pleasure to see so many faces gathering at Leeds Minster and donating so generously to support some of the city’s most vulnerable children.
“It is always such a heartwarming and uplifting service for the city of Leeds.”
Leeds Parish Church was given the title of Minster to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.
The church stands on a site occupied by a place of worship for more than 1,000 years.