THE life of one of Cumbria's finest poets is set to be the subject of a popular BBC TV programme.

Songs of Praise will feature the Lake District and, as part of the coverage, the programme makers travelled to Millom to learn about the life of Norman Nicholson.

Last week the show's production team were in the area to film some of the aspects of Nicholson's life, including his house, and the church he was confirmed in.

Charlie Lambert, chairman of the Norman Nicholson Society, said: "I got a call from the BBC about three weeks ago and they said they were basing a programme around the Lake District. They wanted to feature a Cumbrian poet, but not Wordsworth."

Mr Lambert is delighted that the thousands of people who watch Songs of Praise at home and abroad will have the chance to learn about Nicholson, his life and his poetry.

When in Millom the crew filmed in Nicholson's former home, St George's Anglican church and the site of the town's ironworks. It will also look at the role religion played in Nicholson's life.

Mr Lambert said: "It played a big part in his life, it was quite prominent in his early poetry. His mother died when he was quite young, the woman his father re-married was a stalwart of the Methodist chapel. He absorbed the music and the social activity of the chapel."

In his later life Nicholson rejoined the Anglican church, remaining in it until he died, aged 73, in 1987. He was buried in the cemetery at St George's.

The show featuring Millom is set to air on Sunday May 14 on BBC One.

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