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29.08.03

FACTUAL & ARTS TV


The nation votes for Bethesda Chapel


Restoration results from sixth programme revealed


Speaking from the Tower of London, Griff Rhys Jones tonight (Friday 29 August) revealed that the nation had chosen Bethesda Chapel, in Stoke-on-Trent, to be the sixth building to go through to the final of the BBC TWO series Restoration, winning over 43% of the votes cast.


Last Tuesday (26 August), in the sixth programme of the ten-part series which featured the Midlands, Griff called on viewers to choose between Bethesda Chapel and two other buildings – Cromford Mill in Derbyshire and Newman Brothers Coffin Works in Birmingham.


Information on all three buildings is available through the website - www.bbc.co.uk/restoration.


More than three million viewers watched this episode.


Bethesda Chapel is one of the largest and most handsome non-conformist chapels out of the metropolis.


Two brothers, known as the 'Radical Saints', built the Chapel in 1819 which regularly packed in more than 2,500 worshippers and became the central place of worship of the New Connextion.


Dwindling congregations forced its closure on 29 December 1985 and today its most frequent visitors are vandals, pigeons and rats.

Tonight's result means that Bethesda Chapel will now become one of ten buildings to be featured in the live final at the Tower of London on Sunday 14 September.


Here a nationwide vote will decide which building should be given a new lease of life with money raised throughout the course of the series.


Anne Jenkins, Heritage Lottery Fund Regional Manager for the West Midlands said today:


"Bethesda Chapel is a magnificent example of Methodist architecture. We are very excited it has reached the Restoration final and hope the people of the Midlands come out and support the Chapel now.


"The Heritage Lottery Fund is committed to helping as many people as possible celebrate and enjoy their heritage, so have set aside £3 million for The Restoration Fund to help restore the winner to its former glory."


Tonight three more buildings were featured for viewers to choose between from the Scottish Highlands – Burra Croft on the Shetland Islands; a TB Sanatorium in Aberdeenshire; and Kinloch Castle on Rum.

Next Tuesday's episode of Restoration (2 September) will reveal which of these will become the seventh building to go through to the final.


Lines are now open and viewers can vote by calling 0901 077 77 77.


Restoration is produced by Endemol UK Productions for BBC Scotland and currently transmits on BBC TWO on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9.00pm.


Restoration voting lines are open for three days for each programme from 2.00am on the day prior to transmission until midnight on the day after.


Notes to Editors


Restoration website


The nation votes for Lissan House (27.08.03)


The nation votes for Poltimore House (22.08.03)


The nation votes for Mavisbank (20.08.03)


Heritage Lottery Fund pledges £3m to Restoration (19.08.03)


The nation votes for Greyfriars Tower (16.08.03)


The nation votes for Victoria Baths (13.08.03)


Restoration required across the UK (08.08.03)


Restoration - press pack (18.07.03)


Restoration - saving Britain's heritage (19.03.03)


BBC TWO viewers vote to save our national heritage (09.07.02)


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