I was first admitted as a Reader in November 1967 and served in the Dioceses of Rochester and Chichester before moving to Yorkshire in 1986. On the second Sunday on which we attended the morning service at All Hallows I was rash enough to wear my Readers tie which someone, to my surprise, recognised. Within a few weeks I was invited to join Ken Wilson as Reader in the team, as David Kirby was just about to start his placement in another parish within his ordination training, and the parish could do with another pair of hands.
Over the years it has been an honour to serve in the churches of this parish, each with its distinctive style of worship and unique Christian family, of which it has been a great pleasure to feel I have been a part.
One of the high points of this time was being able to celebrate 50 years service as a Reader when Bishop Jonathan Gibbs generously agreed to join us for the Eucharist at All Hallows; it was a wonderful occasion for me.