Town centre set to sparkle

wet. Christmas Lights brighten up Church Street in Wetherby. 091202ARpic19.
wet. Christmas Lights brighten up Church Street in Wetherby. 091202ARpic19.

Christmas lights will make Wetherby town centre sparkle this year.

Decorations and lights across the town, including nearly 200 Christmas trees, will be suspended above shop windows and lights displayed across Wetherby by the end of next week.

The spectacular light display, which extends across Wetherby bridge and the town centre, are put up by a team of around 20 Wetherby volunteers who help out each year by putting on the display.

Volunteer Mel Jones said: “This year our dedicated team of Wetherby volunteers have been working hard to put up the trees.

“A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to put the trees up every year and though we haven’t been able to get funding from Leeds City Council for the lights, we are hoping to raise money by selling Christmas cards in local shops.

“We are trying to get as much funds for the lights as possible as funding has been cut, meaning we are on a tighter budget with things such as repairs,”

Two Christmas trees will be placed in the Garden of Rest on the High Street and Market Square.

One of the volunteers, Mark Wharton, owner of M and M furniture store in Wetherby, said: “Putting up the trees is not as easy as it looks as we have to cut them down to size and remove the roots.

“It is quite a task, but I have been doing this for 10 years now and the lights and decorations every year are well-loved by the community and are a part of Wetherby now.

“I think what must not be forgotten is the hard work which is carried out completely by volunteers every year.”

Christmas trees and festive lights in towns across the Leeds area, including Wetherby, have not been funded by Leeds City Council this year due to stringent government cutbacks.

For more information on the funding initiatives which are going to be announced shortly, see next week’s Wetherby news.