The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu will be visiting Barnoldswick in December, it can be revealed.
The Most Rev. and Rt Hon. Dr Sentamu, who is in the second highest clerical position in the Church of England after the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, will be in the town on the afternoon of Friday, December 6th.
Ugandan-born Dr Sentamu will be joined on his visit to Barlick by the Bishop of Bradford Nick Baines and his Chaplain.
First on the itinerary is a stop at Rolls-Royce’s Bankfield site where he will meet managers and shop floor workers for a tour of the facility and will hear about how the company, which has been in Barnoldswick for over 70 years, supports the local economy.
He will then move to the Rainhall Centre where he will meet children from Barnoldswick CE Primary School and members of the local churches – Hope Barlick – for conversation and refreshments.
It is then hoped, time and weather permitting, that the Archbishop will walk into Barlick Town Square at approximately 3-45pm where he will greet members of the public, give a short address and answer questions.
Dr Sentamu is known for appearances on Chris Evans’s morning radio show on BBC Radio Two and is known for his interest in business, most recently opening Carlisle Business Interaction Centre.
Keith Whipp, a representative of Hope Barlick, has been writing to the Diocese of York for around five years trying to tempt the Archbishop to visit West Craven.
Mr Whipp said: “He is one of the people who connects with people very well and does Radio Two’s ‘Pause For Thought’. We invited him two or three years ago to come to the Baptist Church’s 300th anniversary.
“But he expressed he would really like to have a look around Rolls-Royce and we are delighted we are able to do just that.
“We are very excited. He has been quite ill lately and we didn’t know if it was going to happen but Diane Weaver got a telephone message and the first thing she did was ring me.
“I think it will be good for the churches to meet with him but I think it will be good for the town.”