The good name of Ilkley is set to be spread far and wide this summer in a high-profile drive to reinvigorate the town’s best-known song.

Welcome to Yorkshire plans a film shoot on Ilkley Moor in May to go with its revamped version of Ilkla Moor Baht ‘At, and people from the town could be involved in recording the new version of the song with a modern twist.

The original song was set to the tune of hymn Cranbrook, ironically, not a Yorkshire song at all, but written by Kent man Thomas Clark.

With a nod to tradition, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, best known for providing the soundtrack to film Brassed Off, will feature in the recording.

Masterminding the transformation of the classic - which warns of the hazards of going a-courting on the moor without a hat - is Grammy award-winning producer Eliot Kennedy.

The Sheffield-based producer has worked with the likes of X Factor stars Little Mix and JLS, as well as the Spice Girls and Gary Barlow.

Actor Brian Blessed, who is rapping on the song, has been drafted in to give an up-to-the-minute boost to the song.

Yorkshireman Blessed, 75, said: “The version of the song is a larger-than-life take on a traditional classic and I am singing for Yorkshire, loud and proud. My vocal chords are renowned across the nation and I hope Yorkshire and the rest of the world will sit up and take notice of this valuable piece of Yorkshire heritage.

“When you have pride in your roots, there’s nothing more fun and joyous than singing about it.”

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive, Gary Verity said: “On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘At has long been considered Yorkshire’s national anthem and we just couldn’t resist giving it a modern twist.

The song is a chance to shout about what’s great about Yorkshire, but it’s not just about Yorkshire traditions or nodding our caps to our cultural heritage, it’s also a chance to show off Yorkshire’s creative scene.”