Live Songs of Praise TV date for Halifax Minster

Halifax Minster
Halifax Minster

HALIFAX Minster will take centre stage when the crew of BBC One’s Songs of Praise TV show roll in for a special service.

A special service will be broadcast live on Pentecost Sunday.

The service, on June 12, is one of only three the BBC choose to show live on the channel.

More than a million viewers are expected to tune in to watch the service.

Vicar of Halifax, Hilary Barber said: “This is a real coup for us.

“In terms of the Minster acting as a magnet for destination Halifax, this is all very good news.”

He said the knock-on effect for tourism in the town could be hugely positive.

“Following broadcasts of Songs of Praise and Antique’s Roadshow, both Beverly and Winchester have seen significant increase in tourism and visitor numbers. This has to be something we want to build on, working in partnership with the whole town as we strive to combat the recession and look to the future,” he said.

Parishioners are welcome to attend and join in the celebrations.

On June 13 two further recordings will be made including one about the town and its Minster.

It is not the first time the town has featured on the programme.

In April last year the choir from Parkinson Lane were featured in both the main Songs of Praise show and the televised final of the Songs of Praise Junior Choir of the Year Competition.

Will you be going along to sing in front of the camera’s? Let us know on yoursay@halifaxcourier.co.uk.