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25th July 2018

County's clergy and their families invited to Bishop's home for family garden party

Rt Rev Philip North, Bishop of Burnley, held a garden party at his house in Burnley at the weekend for clergy and their families from across Lancashire.

The Rev Andy Gray from Clitheroe (pictured centre) entertains Bishop Philip and Lydia Cooke from Lancaster during his fiery magic routine.

Guests attended from a huge range of parishes in County towns and villages including Whalley, Bispham, Burnley, Blackburn, Leyland, Blackpool, Tarleton, Appley Bridge, Lancaster and Colne.

For an album of pictures from the event visit our Flickr feed.

Entertainment, including fiery magic and some escapology, was provided by Rev Andy Gray (@revdjpriest on Twitter) from Clitheroe. 

Also attending the event was Rt Rev Dr Jill Duff, the new Bishop of Lancaster and The Venerable Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster.

Pictured left Rev Matt and Naomi Allen from Whalley enjoying the fun.

Bishop Philip said: "I am delighted so many people came to enjoy the day. My house will never be the same again! 

"It was a great event and a chance to thank clergy for the work they do in their parishes; also their families who provide tireless support. 

"I'd also like to thank my secretary, Louise Hunter, and the team of helpers who planned the day and made sure it went so smoothly. Particular thanks to Rev Andy Gray who brought his magical touch to proceedings with some fantastic entertainment."


Ronnie Semley