Now that we are out of lockdown we can turn our thoughts to preparing for Christmas. Whilst Amazon and the online platforms of the major stores have provided some of the stuff we need, there is nothing like strolling round a Christmas Market and buying hand made local produce.

Despite the odds, Yeadon Town Hall has done a sterling job in staging an event to benefit both independent traders and the local community so I thought that the least I could do was to pay it a visit and, hopefully, whet your appetite for what is on offer.

When I arrived there was a short, socially distanced queue with the organisers operating a ‘one in, one out’ policy. We were asked to make a donation of £1 on entry and a shot of hand sanitiser was provided. Although the meet and greet party were wearing masks it was obvious that they were smiling as they directed the new entries to the first floor auditorium.

The decorations in the stairwell were impressive enough but those in the hall were superb. It felt as though they had been trimming up since the beginning of lockdown 1.0. It was good to see that everyone was being careful despite the distractions of all the stalls, and that all were wearing facemarks.

There was a wide selection of festive goodies on offer, from mini Santas and hand made jewellery, through to scented candles and the obligatory cheese stall.

Handicrafts were also in evidence for gifts with a difference.

For those who were in need of a little light refreshment there was a stall selling take-away coffee and tea.

I hope that on 16th December, when the Tiers are reviewed, it will be possible for Yeadon to re-open the Town Hall Tavern which has also been decked out for the occasion.

If you live in the area I would urge you to pop along to Yeadon Town Hall to enjoy the delights of this Community Christmas Market and get in the mood for the festivities to come. Let’s hope that next Christmas the tribulations of this one will be a long-distant memory.

The Community Christmas Market will be held again on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December between 10.00am and 4.00pm.

For other events at Yeadon Town Hall please go to their website at

https://www.yeadontownhall.co.uk/

All photographs by Stan Graham

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