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 Post subject: Harpham Well Dressing
PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 9:29 pm 
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Source: Bridlington Free Press, 13 May 2010


A TRADITION that has endured in Harpham for centuries was captured on film by the BBC for the first time this year.

A television crew joined last Thursday's procession from Harpham's St John of Beverley Church to the village well to film scenes for an upcoming Songs of Praise episode.

The procession and well-dressing is held in the village every year to celebrate Harpham's links with St John, who is thought to have been born there in 7th century AD.

Harpham's holy well is one of only 200 in England and is believed to have special healing powers.

Church warden John Stork said that this year's procession was a success and that the congregation enjoyed the added excitement of the television crew's presence.

"It is always well attended and the same applied this year," he said.
"There was the usual procession down to the well, followed by a short service and though it was a little bit overcast and chilly, there was so much hearty singing going on I don't think anybody noticed the weather.

"Watching the BBC filming was fascinating and I think a lot of people enjoyed their presence.

"It made the procession a slightly different experience, watching the cameraman and sound technician running up and down trying to get the best shots,"
added Mr Stork.

Following a short service at the well, the procession returned to the church to enjoy an evensong service joined by Beverley Minster Choir.

The Songs of Praise episode featuring Harpham is one of two focusing on St John of Beverley and further scenes were being filmed at Beverley Minster this week.

The programmes are not expected to air until late this year or in early 2011.



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