Church steps into spring at daffodil rally

Daffodil Rally held at the Central Methodist Church.
Daffodil Rally held at the Central Methodist Church.

A host of golden daffodils brought a taste of spring to a Batley church.

Batley Central Methodist hosted its annual daffodil rally on Tuesday, with around 250 people coming together to commemorate the start of a new season.

The Rev Judith Satchell led the service, which featured guest speaker and former Reporter Series editor John Wilson, soloist Pam Hall – accompanied on piano by her son, Liversedge and Gomersal councillor David Hall – and organist Michael Clare.

The Commercial Street church was decorated with scores of fresh daffodils for the event, which has been running for more than 30 years.

The Mayor of Kirklees, Coun Martyn Bolt attended, as well as Batley West councillor Gwen Lowe.

Coun Bolt tweeted during the service: “What did Romans do for us? Introduce daffodils to the island, just been told at Batley daffodil rally, thanks Central Methodist Church.”

Organiser Margaret Webster, secretary of the north Kirklees and Morley branch of Methodist Women in Britain, said there was a fantastic atmosphere.

“Everybody really enjoyed John’s talk, he was brilliant,” she said.

“The soloist, Pam, was lovely as well. Everybody was buzzing, it was such a lovely event.”