Gallery: Archbishop of Canterbury launches 900th birthday celebrations

PUBLISHED: 17:14 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:51 02 June 2010

The Archbishop meets parishioners at Wiggenhall. 007IB109

The Archbishop meets parishioners at Wiggenhall. 007IB109

THE Archbishop of Canterbury launched the 900th   birthday celebrations of the Diocese of Ely on Saturday, when he took part in a special celebratory service in Ely Cathedral. Around 1,000 people, representing all 350 parishes within the diocese, joined i

THE Archbishop of Canterbury launched the 900th birthday celebrations of the Diocese of Ely on Saturday, when he took part in a special celebratory service in Ely Cathedral.

Around 1,000 people, representing all 350 parishes within the diocese, joined in the service and heard Dr Rowan Williams preach.

At the end of the event, every parish was given a bag containing commemorative leather bookmarks, with the Ely 900 prayer, badges, stickers, flyers and candles.

During Dr Williams' two day visit to the diocese, he also visited the new town of Cambourne near Cambridge, and St Mary Magdalen church in Wiggenhall near King's Lynn.

He also went to G's Marketing, an agricultural company operating in Barway near Ely, meeting workers from overseas.

The Bishop of Ely, Dr Anthony Russell said: "We are enormously grateful to the Archbishop and all those who have played a role in making the weekend such a success.

"These celebrations give us an opportunity to express our thanksgiving for those who have sustained the church's life and mission in previous generations.

"We look forwards to a marvellous year in which we shall celebrate the life, growth and development of the diocese.


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