WORSHIPPERS returned to the Roman Catholic parish of St Joseph's at Aspley to commemorate their church's golden jubilee.

The Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Rev David Konstant, was guest of honour at the event, which saw many people travel back to the Somerset Road building they first attended in 1954.

Eighteen priests who have served at the church over the years also marked the anniversary.

The building itself, a former Anglican church, is 110 years old.

The present congregation moved in when an older Catholic church was demolished.

Marking the half-century and filling the pews were people who had been christened, confirmed and married at St Joseph's.

The celebrations were planned over about a year.

The priest, Fr William Finnegan, said: "We've been trying to get information from the parishioners. We looked for the first couple who were married there, for example".

Although the couple are still alive, they could not be at the anniversary for health reasons.

Others invited to the evening enjoyed the Mass of Celebration, followed by a buffet and a chat.

"The general feeling was one of joy that we were able to understand the fact that God is working in us and through us, not only for St Joseph's, but for the Huddersfield community," said Fr Finnegan.

The choir and young musicians from St Joseph's School at Dalton sang and played for the congregation.

"I think for most people the church is very much part of life," said Fr Finnegan. "And 50 years is a great celebration."

The formal worship was followed by a chance to catch up with some old faces.

"They chatted about old times and what has happened in their lives," said Fr Finnegan, who only took up his post last September.

"It was good for me to meet people from other areas of Huddersfield who had some form of kinship with the church," he added.