DJ and BBC 6 early breakfast show presenter Chris Hawkins is the latest star to be named as a patron of The Piece Hall in Halifax.

Recently hailed as one of the best gig venues in the UK, the grade 1 listed building, run by The Piece Hall Charitable Trust, was originally a Georgian cloth hall.

Famed for its open-air courtyard, the award-winning retail, leisure and events space hosts a year round programme of music, culture and community festivals.

Piece Hall patrons are high profile individuals who play a role in helping to shine the spotlight on the heritage site, increasing awareness of its work and introducing new supporters.

Chris will help champion the work of The Piece Hall from its school and community projects right through to its world class music programme including the Live at The Piece Hall summer season, which saw more than 125,000 people attend gigs from global artists such as Sting, James and boygenius.

Chris said: "The Piece Hall is one of the most spectacular sites and sights in the UK. It’s a phenomenal venue for live music and it’s not surprising that the world’s biggest acts now want to play in Halifax."