Beeston lights up the way to Christmas

Over 500 local people gathered in Cross Flatts Park last Friday night (11th December 2015), to enjoy another packed-out Christmas Lantern Festival together.

The event – now in its third year – featured: performances from the South Leeds Academy steel pan band, the St Luke’s Primary School choir, and a Salvation Army brass band leading carol singing for all; story-telling; farm animals to meet and pet (to recreate the stable experience!); festive refreshments; and hundreds of lanterns and lights, bringing the park to life.

The South Leeds Academy band in action (image: Ed Carlisle)
The South Leeds Academy band in action (image: Ed Carlisle)

Local resident Mark Hodgkinson of the Salvation Army was one of those who helped coordinate the event:

“It’s great to see the event go from strength to strength, mainly down to the amazing involvement of the dozens of local volunteers who help pull it off: massive thanks to them. We also got very lucky with the weather, again. And it’s just good to get the local community together, to share a bit of life and inspiration at this gloomy time of year – it seems like a fitting way to mark the birth of Jesus…”

The event was hosted by the Church in LS11, and supported by the Salvation Army and the Inner South Community Committee. To get involved for future years, please get in touch with the organisers via the Facebook page, or via South Leeds Life.