In 2013, Bridlington Priory will celebrate 900 years of existence, since its founding as an Augustinian Priory in 1113. To mark this historic landmark of one of the major churches of the region, a team has been established to plan a festival programme of celebration, lasting from March to October 2013.The aims of the programme are to celebrate:
- The original vision of its foundation to promote spiritual growth, understanding and hospitality for the whole local community
- The life and achievements of the Priory and its people, past, present and future, and its place in the wider community
- The life of the whole community of Bridlington and its hinterland.
It is therefore intended to be both a domestic and an inclusive celebration. We want people to visit the Priory throughout the Festival, from all over Yorkshire and beyond, and we want to work with partners across Bridlington and beyond to recognise a historic event of regional and even national significance. With the scale and splendour of the pre-reformation building, St John of Bridlington’s unique status as the last English person to be canonised before the Reformation, the fame of the Priory as a pilgrimage centre in the late middle ages, and the drama of the dissolution and the Prior’s execution there is a dramatic story to tell. And the Priory has sustained its importance as a centre of Christian life, a focus for the local community, and we hope it will continue to do so for many years to come.