The Great Kirkburton Sing is returning to the village – after a 55-year absence.

The last annual sing, a fondly-remembered tradition dating back over two centuries, was held on June 2 1969.

The community event – open to everyone with a vocal cord! – will be held on the church field next to the new graveyard in the village on Sunday June 2 (12noon-2.30pm).

Community voices will be supported by HD8 Voices choir, Hade Edge Band and local schoolchildren.

There will be a raffle, stalls and refreshments and all proceeds raised will go to All Hallows’ Church for the creation of a community garden of contemplation.

Local music teacher Sally Byrne wanted to revive the event pre-Covid but the pandemic put a stop to preparations.

Sally asked a friend Andrea Tindle, of Kirkburton History Group, to take on the organisation and bring back the Sing once again.

Andrea said: “Having received a grant from the Parish Council, I was able to set the ball in motion.



“The programme (pictured above) has been designed by church member Julian Atkinson using information provided by me and fellow History Group members.

“It is very eye-catching and full of information having been very well received by all who have bought a copy so far for just £1.

“We have been fortunate to secure Hade Edge Band. They will play a selection of traditional hymns and popular tunes. They will also include a commemorative section to remember the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

“Sally and I have rehearsed some of the items with local schoolchildren. She has even written a special song for the occasion which they sing beautifully.

“We hope that the revived Sing will be a testament to Kirkburton’s rich musical heritage that we can build on for the future.”

For over 200 years Kirkburton celebrated the end of Trinity week with an annual Sing. Villagers dressed in their best clothes and joined together to sing hymns and classical pieces.

By 1883 it was an annual event and was joined by large crowds from other towns and villages.


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