Raising the church roof to celebrate 50 years of local radio

By Faye Fawcett

Hundreds are expected at a Catholic church in Stoke-on-Trent next week for a very special radio recording.

The BBC Radio Stoke 50th anniversary service for In Praise of God will be recorded at the Sacred Heart in Hanley on Wednesday 7 March with the service starting at 7pm.

It will then hit the Radio Stoke airwaves on Sunday 18 March from 6am to 7am, then again from 2pm to 3pm.

Listeners will also be able to log onto www.bbc.co.uk/stoke and click ‘listen again’ AFTER the service is broadcast to hear the full broadcast online.

The Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, is attending the service and will deliver the opening reflection and prayer, and an address will be given by the Rt Reverend Dr Michael Ipgrave, the Anglican Bishop of Lichfield.

Musical input will come from a variety of groups including the Leek Salvation Army Band, Stoke-on-Trent Methodist Singers and North Staffordshire Fijian Congregational Choir, with several readings throughout the service.

This ecumenical service is just one element of Radio Stoke’s 50th anniversary celebrations.