2019 was a busy year for Selby, as the town celebrated 950 years since the stunning Abbey was founded.
Last year there was a wide variety of church and community events, including a bell peal, a living history day, fun days, bands in the park, outdoor theatre, singing festivals, exhibitions and much more. Among the highlights was the Selby 950 Parade, which marked the Feast Day of the Abbey’s patron saint with music and movement, arts, crafts and 10ft puppet of Benedict to welcome to newly commissioned icon of St Germain, and a spectacular singing festival with more than 300 schoolchildren performing songs they'd research and written about the Abbey and it's story.
The year's celebrations came to a spectacular conclusion with the Pilgrim Illumination, which saw Selby Abbey beautifully illumiinated over three nights in November, with a specially commissioned light work.
The town saw many other cultural events and activities throughout 2019 and it's not over yet! The legacy of Selby 950 will continue into the early part of 2020, with the Selby Treasures Pop-Up Museum and Hidden Histories.