THERE will be a big rugby league slant on this Sunday’s ‘Songs of Praise’ TV programme on BBC 1 at 5.15pm. It will feature the story behind the recruitment and formation of the Fans’ Choir, which will sing the traditional Wembley hymn, ‘Abide With Me’ on the famous pitch before the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final between Hull FC and Warrington Wolves.
Many of the clubs that took part in this year’s competition have a representative chorister from among their fan base. A Songs Of Praise panel considered each nomination on its merits and then invited the lucky winner from each club to meet up at the Stadium on Friday lunchtime for a final briefing, lunch and a rehearsal out on the side of the pitch.
They were due to have another rehearsal this (Saturday) morning before getting ready for the big event. Camera crews were to be with them every step of the way to prepare for the Sunday television programme.
Our club rep is Craig Halstead (50), who has been a Roughyeds fan since he was first taken along to Watersheddings when he was aged five. He has supported the club ever since through thick and thin .
* Good to report that ORSA’S big-match hospitality package at Monday’s game against Sheffield Eagles at Bower Fold (3pm start) is a SELL-OUT.
Do try and get along to the game if you can because it has all the makings of a cracker and it means a great deal to us, given that if we win and other results go our way we will be mathematically certain of staying up — a big achievement in our first season at Championship level.