Lord Mayor leads the celebrations

LEEDS' civic Chanucah celebration took place on Tuesday in front of Leeds Town Hall.

Some 400 people attended the menorah re-launch to see the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Joan Dowson, ascend 30 feet to light the shamash.

Councillor Dan Cohen lit the first candle.

"This was the largest crowd since our first year back in 1983," said Rabbi Reuven Cohen.

The party continued inside the Town Hall where the Brodetsky Primary School choir sang several Chanucah songs.

Children's entertainer Mr Dan performed on stilts and there were doughnuts and Chanucah bags for children.

The Lord Mayor spoke proudly about Leeds' open and unrestricted attitude to all groups and faiths while Rabbi Yeremiya Angyalfi highlighted the universal message of Chanucah.

"We celebrate freedom of religious expression and embrace a vision of a world following in the ways of the seven Noahide Laws," he said.

The annual car menorah parade with a dozen cars displaying electric roof menorot set off from the city centre, driving around the Moortown and Alwoodley areas.

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