Fife: BBC crews film Dunfermline Abbey for Songs of Praise

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SCOTLAND’s new town will be the focus of an upcoming special edition of BBC’s Songs of Praise.

The show was filmed at Dunfermline Abbey last week to mark the historic building’s 950th anniversary, which will be a key part of the episode.

Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins toured the historic attraction with film crews and discussed the town’s role in spreading religion across the country.

Reverend MaryAnn Rennie said: ‘Our episode is about Dunfermline, about faith in Fife, it focuses on the anniversary of Dunfermline Abbey and gives snippets of history.

“Dunfermline High School was there and put things together that are part of the birthday celebrations and spoke to Katherine Jenkins about their inspiration for creating the art.

“They also did a play which was filmed in the nave.”

She continued: “What is exciting for me is the opportunity to celebrate Dunfermline – I would usually shun TV as much as possible! – but the story is of Dunfermline and how long there has been the Christian faith at the heart of Dunfermline.

“The year it became a town we had a visit from the King – he came because the town’s bid recognized something special in Dunfermline, so it’s nice to show something else special .

“Scottish history and church history are rooted in Dunfermline, and Dunfermline Abbey is a place where a number of churches have originated.”

The episode will air on November 6, preceding a celebratory service at the Abbey on November 16.

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