2019 has been a busy year as Selby has celebrated 950 years since the town’s stunning Abbey was founded.
There have been a wide variety of church and community events will include a bell peal, a living history day, fun days, bands in the park, dramatic presentations, singing festivals, exhibitions and much more. Among the highlights were a carnival style parade to mark the Feast Day of the Abbey’s patron saint with music and movement, art and crafts on display to welcome to newly commissioned icon of St Germain and a singing festival with more than 300 schoolchildren performing the songs they'd written about the Abbey.
The year of celebrations was rounded off with a spectacular illumination of Selby Abbey over three nights that was free to attend.
The town has seen many other cultural events and activities throughout 2019, many of which have a strong heritage theme, with pop up museums and hidden histories showcased to residents and visitors to the area.