West Leeds: Community no longer in the dark for Christmas

Helen Garrand and Terence Knapton at the Christmas grotto for youngsters at Bramley Shopping Centre.
Helen Garrand and Terence Knapton at the Christmas grotto for youngsters at Bramley Shopping Centre.
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Community champion Terence Knapton is hoping to make Bramley sparkle this Christmas.

The town was left in the dark last year after its festive lights were taken down because the community needed to secure funding for their plight to save Bramley Baths.

Now Terence, with a dedicated team of volunteers at Bramley Lights Project are hoping to make the area’s main streets twinkle by hosting its first ever official lights switch-on.

He said: “I think it is very, very important for Bramley. In my estimation Bramley seems to get left out from a lot of things.

“Places like Armley, Farsley and Pudsey have lights switched on but we’re in the middle of all these suburbs so it is really good for someone to do something in Bramley to get the community in a much more Christmas spirit.”

Terence and Helen Garrand have spent the last month organising the festive extravaganza at Bramley Shopping Centre on Friday night.

Pupils from St Peter’s School and Bramley Primary School are set to entertain crowds with Christmas carols alongside local perform Danny Kittsen.

The switch will be officially flicked at 6pm and then there will be entertainment until 9pm.

Local councillors and local MP Rachel Reeves will attend and organisers are hoping to secure a secret special guest to help with proceedings.

The dedicated duo are hoping that next year’s light switch on will be bigger and better.

Terence said: “All the lights were taken down last year and there was a lot of disappointment in Bramley that they had gone.

“We definitely want to do it next year and it will be much, much better because we have got a full 12 months .

“Everyone in Bramley seems to be really hyped up about it and we have been playing Christmas music in the shopping centre for the last three or four days to get people into the Christmas spirit.

“We have had one or two complaints but there is always one.”


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