People living in Bradford district and Craven are joining forces with NHS staff to raise the roof with festive carols, music and readings at the NHS 70th birthday Christmas Carol Service next week.

NHS staff, family, friends and partner organisations are all invited to join the carol service at Bradford Cathedral, as is anyone else whose life has been touched by the NHS.

The Rt Reverend Toby Howarth, Bishop of Bradford, will speak at the service, which also includes performances from the Bradford Youth Brass Band, the signing choirs of Girlington and Swain House primary schools, and the Cathedral choir.

A spokesman for the three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Bradford district and Craven, whose staff are helping to organise the service, said:  “There’s really nothing like a carol service for getting everyone in the festive mood, and looking forward to Christmas.

“And, in the closing weeks of the year, we will be giving thanks for 70 years of the NHS and marking the dedication and service of those who work within it.

“There will be a warm welcome for anyone who would like to attend and a chance to catch up with friends, old and new, when refreshments are served after the service.”

The Carol Service, which is free of charge and open for anyone to attend, is at Bradford Cathedral on Thursday 13 December at 7.00pm.  Doors will open at 6.30 pm; no ticket is needed.

Staff attending the service will be from the three NHS clinical commissioning groups, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, GP practices, and the NHS Retirement Fellowship.

The service will be recorded by Radio Royal, the hospital patient radio station, for people who in hospital over the Christmas period.