Patron Parky set to visit The Civic

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Michael Parkinson set to visit The Civic in Barnsley

He is also in talks to host an ‘evening with’ event at the venue.

The former journalist, who began his career on the Barnsley Chronicle, said: “I am delighted to be involved with what I regard to be an important organisation and look forward to coming to Barnsley and seeing The Civic in action.”

Sir Michael, the son of a miner and educated at Barnsley Grammar, is best known for presenting his long-running television talk show, Parkinson, from 1971 to 1982 and from 1998 to 2007.

The Civic was originally erected in 1877 as a theatre but was forced to close its doors during the late 1990s.

In 2005 plans were drawn up to convert the theatre into a cultural and creative hub and the doors opened in March 2009.

Helen Ball, Chief Executive of The Civic, said: “We are thrilled that Sir Michael Parkinson has agreed to become our very first Patron.

“It is our absolute pleasure to welcome him to The Civic. We are very proud that he has chosen us as an organisation he wishes to support.”