A CHRISTMAS carol has been unearthed and re-recorded to celebrate the town hall’s 90th birthday.

The carol was written back in 1933 by local musician Arthur Godfrey – and published in the Barnsley Chronicle the same month the town hall was opened.

It was recently found in the Barnsley Chronicle’s archives and Barnsley Museums has recorded the carol using the original words and music. It was released to the public on Thursday.

It was said about the carol at the time: “We hope that this carol will be sung and played throughout Barnsley and district this Christmastide, and that it will be appreciated that it is the work of a Barnsley composer.”

Coun Robin Franklin, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “To rediscover such a beautiful carol has been a real treat, and what better way to pay tribute to its creator than by recording the carol for people to enjoy.

“The fact that it has been found so close to the town hall anniversary, the year in which it was written is astounding and we hope people will enjoy listening to it for the very first time.”