A HALIFAX parish is lending its support to the famed Kirov Ballet of St Petersburg in Russia.
A dozen youths from the Good Shepherd parish at Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire, drove off last week to take medical supplies and money to the Christian community in the north Russian town of Kirov.
Their care-package included boxes of tights for the worldfamous corps de ballet, the Kirov, which despite its name is actually based in St Petersburg, formerly Leningrad.
"Tights are particularly difficult to obtain in Russia at the moment," said one of the parishioners, Peter Devine, who said the group is hoping to meet members of the Kirov "and hopefully see them performing".
The trip to Kirov is the third undertaken by the Good Shepherd youths under the auspices of the Rock Bottom Travel Company, a group set up by parish priest Fr John Gott two years ago. Fr Gott set up the travel company in an effort to show young people how others live.
Invited by the Russian Orthodox Church in Kirov, the travel company is to spend five days living with families in the city, before making their way back to England through the Russian cities of Moscow, Minsk, and Pollan.