X FACTOR star Rhydian Roberts sang at the grand opening of Huddersfield’s newest church.
The Welsh singer, who came second in reality TV show X Factor, joined the London Community Gospel Choir at the Huddersfield Christian Fellowship building.
Some 1,500 people packed out the St Thomas’s Road auditorium.
Yesterday’s concert marked the completion of the second phase of the £12.5m project which includes a 2,100 seat main auditorium.
The London Community Gospel Choir were the main focus of the evening.
They were invited along to welcome people into the spacious Cathedral House to kick off the celebrations.
After only the first song the audience were clapping along with the choir.
And by the third song everyone was up on their feet singing and dancing.
Before the show, Rhydian told the Examiner that he was pretty impressed with the building – and Huddersfield.
The 26-year-old said: “I’ve never been to Huddersfield before – it’s really beautiful.
“Today is an especially nice day to be here too with the sun shining.
“I hear they film Last of the Summer Wine near here, I was a big fan of that.”
He added: “The building is spectacular and huge.
“They say it took only 18 months to build it which is pretty impressive and it’s great what they’re doing for Huddersfield.
“They’re obviously doing something right in creating this amazing new church. It’s quite ironic that it’s right next to a casino.
“I’m currently on my tour, I was in Sheffield yesterday and we just managed to fit this in. I’m continuing on to Ireland tomorrow so I’m pretty tired.”
Fans Ann Yalchin, 43, Jean Starr, 57 and Sharon Dalton, 32, were waiting at the gates to see if they could catch a glimpse of Rhydian before the performance.
Rhydian went down to the entrance to meet his fans and sign autographs.
Ann, of Holmfirth, is a hairdresser and asked the star who does his famous signature blonde locks.
She told the Examiner she had been a fan since watching Rhydian on X Factor in 2007.
She said: “I think he should have won. I think he’s fabulous.
“He looks quite good today – I like his hair.”
Members of the church were on hand to show visitors to their seats.
Alisdair Tose, 28, of Edgerton, was among the volunteers. He has been a regular church-goer for 21 years.