Priory Church’s 900th anniversary plans underway

Bridlington Priory.
Bridlington Priory.

PLANS are well and truly underway for a series of special events to mark the 900th anniversary of Bridlington’s Priory Church.

This year Bridlington Priory, a major church in the region, celebrates 900 years since its founding as an Augustinian Priory.

The Priory 900 festival, which will run from March to October, features a series of special events associated with the religious and community life of the Priory.

Penelope Weston, Priory 900 co-ordinator said: “The programme is focused on the idea of the spiritual journey and aims not only to celebrate the life of the Priory and its past, present and future, but to celebrate the life and achievements of the whole community in Bridlington.

“However you wish to participate, we hope we have provided opportunities for everyone to gain from and enjoy the experience.”

These include concerts, hands-on workshops encouraging traditional practices, community events and activities for children, formal worship, and a heritage conference.

There will even be a modern-day pilgrimage for all which will see people walking from York Minster across the Yorkshire Wolds to the Priory, covering around 10 miles a day over a week-long period in August.

Plans are also underway for a specially commissioned dramatic cantata involving children and choirs from the Bridlington area and Beverley Minster.

And the Wold Top Brewery, at Wold Newton have produced a special Priory 900 beer as part of the celebrations.

A leaflet has been produced detailing all the events being held during the celebratory period and information about the history of the Priory. It is now available from tourist information centres, libraries and other tourist destinations throughout Yorkshire. It can also be downloaded for free from the Priory 900 website at www.priory900.org.

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