BBC Children in Need to broadcast live from the Roman
The Roman Baths, run by Bath & North East
Somerset Council, will welcome a choir of 150 school children on
Friday 15 November, when it hosts the BBC’s Children in Need
broadcast from the West.
Pupils from four local primary schools –
Oldfield Park, Southdown, Combe Down and Colerne – will take part
in a huge nationwide choir.
Grenville Jones, who will conduct the West
children’s choir, said: “Children singing together from across the
UK for Pudsey and Children in Need – what could be better? We will
all have a special time on November 15 singing at the Roman
Points West presenters David Garmston and Alex
Lovell will be getting into the Roman spirit with the Baths’ own
costumed characters, and there will be guest appearances from some
very special TV characters too – arriving in a TARDIS! Bath Rugby
players, who are the Roman Baths Heritage Champions, will be on
hand to help with crowd control!
Cllr Ben Stevens (Lib-Dem, Widcombe), Cabinet
Member for Sustainable Development, said: “Bath & North East
Somerset Council is thrilled that the BBC has asked to use the
Roman Baths, at the heart of our World Heritage City, for what is
always one of the best nights for family entertainment on British
television. We wish them well in raising funds for a truly
deserving cause. A lot of careful planning has gone into this event
which we hope will show the West at its generous best!”
It is the first time that Southdown School has
formed an official choir, and headmistress Sue Adams is thrilled
that their debut will be on national television. She said: “It’s a
wonderful opportunity for the children to sing as part of a bigger
choir with other children, in this very atmospheric venue, which is
part of their local heritage, and for such a good cause. It will be
a wonderful experience that they will never forget.”
The Roman Baths will be open as normal during
the day, but transformed into a spectacular TV set and closed to
the public in the evening. Anyone bringing donations for Children
in Need can do so via the main entrance.
BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Radio Somerset will
be getting people in the mood as The Laura Rawlings show will be
broadcasting live from the Roman Baths between 2pm and 4pm on
Friday 15 November.
The Council-run Film Office has also been
helping the BBC team with the logistical side of their outside
broadcast; liaising with various internal and external
organisations to ensure that the evening runs as smoothly as
possible. As ever, Bath & North East Somerset Council is
grateful to local businesses and residents for accommodating
productions like this when they choose to film in Bath.