One million see the Minster give thanks on Songs of Praise

Songs of Praise broadcasting the pentecost worship from Halifax Minster.
Songs of Praise broadcasting the pentecost worship from Halifax Minster.
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PART of Halifax was broadcast live to millions of homes across Britain yesterday when Songs of Praise came to town. The BBC show filmed its Pentecost Sunday programme – one of only three live services it broadcasts every year – from Halifax Minster.

And the TV crew will be doing more filming tonight for two programmes to be shown in November and January – one about Halifax, the other about Calderdale.

Vicar of Halifax Hilary Barber said: “I’m just delighted because one of the aims of becoming a Minster was trying to put Halifax on the map.

“It’s a real coup for us.”

He said other towns visited by the Songs of Praise team had since seen a rise in visitors.

He said he hoped the same would happen for Calderdale.

Over a million viewers were expected to have seen yesterday’s 10am broadcast and around five million – Songs of Praise’s regular audience – are expected to see the January and November shows.

l Did you see the broadcast from the Minster? What did you think? E-mail us at yoursay@halifaxcourier.co.uk