TV presenter Sir Michael Parkinson, or “Parky” as he is known, is returning to his roots this month as The Civic’s very first Patron.
“Parky” will be guest editing the 3 October edition of the Barnsley Chronicle and while he is here will be visiting The Civic to meet the team and have a tour of the venue. Plans are also underway for a special ‘evening with’ event in the coming months for which tickets will be available very soon.
He 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 began his media career as a journalist on local newspapers, but is best known for presenting his long-running television talk show, Parkinson, from 1971 to 1982 and from 1998 to 2007, as well as other talk shows and programmes both in the UK and internationally. Parky has appeared as a guest in a number of high profile TV shows and films, including: Neighbours, Love Actually and single ‘Is this the Way to Amarillo?’, Peter Kaye’s number 1 Comic Relief hit. He has been described by The Guardian as “the great British talkshow host”.
The Civic was originally erected in 1877, and has consistently grown and evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of the town. The building has served Barnsley in many guises but is best known for being the home of Barnsley’s Civic Theatre which, faced with dwindling audiences and vital maintenance and repairs, was forced to close its doors during the late 1990s. In 2005 plans were drawn up to convert the former Civic Theatre into a cultural and creative hub, right in the centre of Barnsley. The doors opened to the public on the 6 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 and we are very much looking forward to working with him.’