The Harrogate woman organising a doorstep sleigh bell ring on Christmas Eve

A Yorkshire woman is calling on people to spread good cheer at Christmas by ringing sleigh bells in unison.

Mary Beggs-Reid has suggested that people take to their doorstep at 6pm on Christmas Eve for a riotous round of festive fun.

It initially started out as an idea for people in her native Harrogate to make an "amazing memory for the kids and communities".

But the Facebook group Christmas Eve Jingle 2020 has now gained a membership of more than 150,000 people.

Mary Beggs-Reid, of Harrogate, has suggested ringing bells on doorsteps on Christmas Eve. Picture: Mark Bickerdike.

She wrote: "What started as a little idea for the Harrogate Community is starting to spread so [I] thought a group would be a good idea for all communities to join in.

"On Christmas Eve at 6pm we are asking everyone to come outside and ring a bell for two mins to spread Christmas spirit and to help Santa fly that sleigh. With the added option of set Carols to sing after!

"After a tough year it would be an amazing memory for the kids and communities. End 2020 with a bit of magic, hope and togetherness!"

Mary Beggs-Reid, of Harrogate. Picture: Mark Bickerdike.