Words: James Bovington
An actor and a boxer joined young performers to switch on the Christmas lights in Armley, with a couple of hundred people attending the event.
Hosting was Leeds actor Theo Mayne, known for his role in the 2022 breakout television series ‘The Traitors’. He was joined by Armley boxer Josh Wisher who manages The Ministry of Boxing in Moorfield Road. The actual lights switch-on closing the show was a joint effort by Ronnie the Rhino and Councillor Jim McKenna.
Performer and busker Lillia Tariket, who was also a Breeze talent finalist, led local school choirs and youth bands performing at the event, which included Castleton Primary School, Dixons Unity Academy, Born to Perform and LS18 Rocks.
Wisher, 25, said: “I felt honoured to be invited to Armley’s Christmas light event. It was great meeting and connecting with so many from the local community and seeing what a lot of talent and uplifting positivity there is in our area.”
His feelings echoed by lifelong Armley resident Chris Sylvester, whose company Getting Clean helps recovering addicts. “It’s heartwarming and uplifting to see such a strong community spirit led by young people, including Josh who’s one who has rolled his sleeves up to make a difference.”
The Armley Festive Light Switch On was funded by councillors on the Inner West Community Committee. Leeds City Council’s Breeze Team worked with Armley’s councillors to plan and deliver the event.