Commuters feel the magic as Northern Ballet’s Sugar Plum Fairy unveils Leeds Station Christmas Tree
Commuters were dazzled by a surprise appearance from the infamous Sugar Plum Fairy on 1 December as she landed at Leeds Station to unveil the station’s Nutcracker themed Christmas tree. Decorated in homage to Northern Ballet’s upcoming performances of The Nutcracker at Leeds Grand Theatre, the Sugar Plum Fairy, along with her Cavalier from the Northern Ballet production, launched the tree in time to mark the start of advent.
The 15ft tree, which is sponsored by Hammerson, owners of the Victoria Quarter and the forthcoming Victoria Gate retail development, with generous support from the Magical Leeds Campaign, is located in the newly redeveloped main hall of Leeds Station.
James Bailey, General Manager, Victoria Quarter, said: ‘We’re delighted to be able to support Northern Ballet in bringing their first ever Christmas Tree to Leeds and highlight the Company’s performances of The Nutcracker during Northern Ballet’s popular festive season. Created by renowned theatre architect Frank Matcham, Victoria Quarter is an important part of the city’s architectural heritage and we are keen to continue to support the ongoing growth of Leeds and its communities as a cultural city centre.’
Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive, LeedsBID said: ‘We are really pleased that the Leeds Business Improvement District (LeedsBID) investment has helped to bring this wonderful Christmas tree to Leeds station for visitors and commuters to enjoy in the run up to the festive period. It also further demonstrates another successful collaboration between several key city organisations bringing enhancement to the Magical Leeds Christmas campaign.’
Northern Ballet returns to Leeds Grand Theatre from 16 Dec 2015 – 2 Jan 2016 with festive favourite The Nutcracker. Tickets are on sale now and can be booked online at leedsgrandtheatre.com or by calling the Box Office on 0844 848 2700.