Spreading the festive cheer at Leeds Minster for YEP carol service

Seven-year-old Eimear Rose Langham from Morley with her presents ready to place under the tree. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Seven-year-old Eimear Rose Langham from Morley with her presents ready to place under the tree. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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It is a festive tradition held every year to bring the people of Leeds together in the run up to Christmas.

And dozens of people packed into Leeds Minster last night for the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Christmas Carol Service.

Yorkshire Evening Post editor Hannah Thaxter reads. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Yorkshire Evening Post editor Hannah Thaxter reads. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

The service, conducted by Canon Sam Corley, celebrates the Christmas story and featured performances by the church choir and YEP Brass Band.

YEP editor Hannah Thaxter said: “I am delighted that we have been able to continue this lovely and long tradition for our readers.

“Through Christmas spirit and festive cheer, it is a brilliant way to raise money for hospices and children in Leeds, which offer vital support at this time of year to families .”

The service this year also featured readings from Mrs Thaxter and Laura Collins, the YEP’s Head of Content. The congregation at last night’s service were invited to bring a small, new gift or toy to place under the tree.

These gifts will now be distributed to poorly and under-privileged children across Leeds.

Tickets to the event were free, although kind-hearted attendees were asked to make a minimum £3.50 at the church door.

Proceeds from the service will be shared equally between Leeds Minster and the YEP’s Half and Half appeal, which raises funds for the city’s St Gemma’s Hospice and Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.

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