Alex Sobel has stepped in to secure funding which will transform the Christmas lights switch on in Yeadon.
The MP has been working with local residents to try to raise money for a Christmas Tree and improved Christmas lights.
Together they have secured funding from bigger businesses such as Morrisons and Jet2 as well as from a number of smaller local businesses.
The lack of a Christmas Tree socket in the ground prevents the installation of a tree outside of the town hall this year. But, Alex Sobel has agreed a deal that would see a spectacular light display in its place.
Working with Yeadon Town Hall, the iconic building will be lit up with professional Christmas lights that would rival displays across the city.
As well as this, Mr Sobel is putting plans in place for a socket to be installed so that a full Christmas tree can be mounted in time for Christmas 2019.
Mr Sobel said
“The Yeadon residents have worked so hard to build momentum for a Christmas display that is worthy of Yeadon High Street. I am so pleased that we have managed to secure the lights display for this year and have the structural engineering in place for a full Christmas Tree next year. Yeadon has some fantastic local businesses, many of whom have been very keen to get this project off the ground. It is amazing to think about what can be achieved when we all work together.”
Julia Briggs of Apperley lane is one of the key campaigners on the issue. She said
“It is great to be part of this and I thank Martin from Smart in Gardening for starting this off. It sometimes feels like Yeadon is the poor cousin to other areas such as Rawdon or Otley. A Christmas display feels like a small thing, but it would be a fantastic morale boost for our high street and our community.
Over recent years, the Christmas light switch on has felt more like a damp squib so we could really use something to lift our spirits. I am amazed by the positive response we have received from local businesses, and from the new owners of the Town Hall and am delighted that our local MP has done so much to help us.”
David Smith at Rosie Pound said
“The support is in the community for this, given the current decline in our high streets something as simple as this could help make a difference in bringing the whole community together.”