Leeds Christmas lights switch-on hits the heights

Leeds United's Mirco Antenucci, Adryan, Chris Dawson, Neil Redfearn and Charlie Taylor with the Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun David Congreve, the new Children's Mayor, Amy Eckworth-Jones and X Factor winner Sam Bailey
Leeds United's Mirco Antenucci, Adryan, Chris Dawson, Neil Redfearn and Charlie Taylor with the Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun David Congreve, the new Children's Mayor, Amy Eckworth-Jones and X Factor winner Sam Bailey
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It was another night to remember on Victoria Gardens last night, as the city’s Christmas lights were switched-on in front of an estimated 15,000 strong crowd.

On hand to join the celebrations included last year’s X Factor winner Sam Bailey, former X Factor finalists G4 and Yorkshire boy band My Forever.

Other special guests making an appearance included boxing champion Josh Warrington, players from Yorkshire Carnegie, club chairman Sir Ian McGeechan and new Leeds United coach Neil Redfearn. The Whites coach was also joined on the night by players Adryan, Mirco Antenucci, Chris Dawson and Charlie Taylor.

As always, the Leeds Rhinos were also strongly represented, and joining mascot Ronnie to parade the Challenge Cup trophy were Tom Briscoe and Morley’s Stevie Ward.

Making her first ever appearance at a Christmas lights switch-on was Leicester-based singer Sam Bailey, who said that she was ‘very excited’ at taking to the stage, in one of her first performing appearances since having a baby.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said: “The Leeds Lights switch-on event last night was absolutely fantastic, and it was brilliant to see another large crowd join us on Victoria Gardens to begin the Christmas Countdown in style!”

“I would like to thank the council’s events team and all of our special guests for making the 2014 Christmas lights switch-on one of the best ever.”

The Leeds Light switch-on marks the official start of the city’s Magical Leeds campaign which will provide a number of special events and activities including the annual Christkindelmarkt on Millennium Square.

To find out more about Magical Leeds, please see www.magicalleeds.co.uk.