Extra seasonal goodies are coming to Armley town centre, thanks to civil engineers BAM Nuttall funding a festive shop window competition.
The displays will be complemented on Saturday, 4 December, by the Armley Winter Wonderland event, which includes Christmas lights being switched on at 6pm.
Festivities also include a Santa’s grotto, Christmas window displays, lights switch on, live music, street entertainers and support from independent shops on Town Street.
The business-led Armley Town Team contacted BAM Nuttall to ask if they would be main sponsor of a bigger than ever before shop windows display and were delighted when BAM Nuttall agreed.
First prize for a shop window display is £500 and there will be a range of runners-up cash prizes of £100, plus ones for imaginative ideas.
BAM Nuttall’s Damion Wilkins said:
“We’ve been delighted with the support from Armley businesses while we’ve been carrying out work to improve the Ledgard Way junction, part of the A647 Bus Priority Corridor scheme for Leeds City Council.
“Events supporting local businesses and encouraging communities to ‘shop local’ are more important than ever, and we are thrilled to be involved with the Armley Winter Wonderland displays.”
The Armley councillors have managed to again ensure the annual lights switch on is on the same day – with lights going on at 6pm – as part of national Small Business Saturday and now the shops can all shine with window displays thanks to BAM Nuttall’s prize offering.
“The entire community is coming together for this event and ongoing seasonal sales to make our local shopping area ever stronger,” explained Cllr Alice Smart (Lab, Armley).
“The 2021 lights switch on being held on Saturday, 4 December will be terrific and we hope all businesses will join in and be winners.”
The judging of the festive windows will take place at 3.30pm. WLD editor John Baron will be one of the judges.
Any Armley businesses who wish to enter are encouraged to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The day is supported by BAM Nuttall, Armley Action Team and Town Team, Leeds City Council and local councillors.