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Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham to be inaugurated

More than 900 people will pack Southwell Minster today for the inauguration of Rt Revd Paul Williams as the new Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham.

Following tradition, Bishop Paul will walk to the West Door of the Minster and knock three times to be admitted, accompanied by children from the Junior Department of the Minster School.

The service, which starts at 3pm, will feature a choir comprising pupils from several Nottinghamshire schools, and three groups representing Framework, the charity for homeless people; ReachUK, a charity which supports adults with learning disabilities, and representatives of the Thoresby Pit community.

The Bishop at Tesco in Top Valley, Nottingham. Credit: Richard Ellis

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Funeral for soldier who died with no friends or relatives

The funeral of a former soldier who died with no known friends or family will take place in Bramcote today.

Alex McDougall served in Cyprus during his career in the army Credit: Aisha Morrell

Alex McDougall died, aged 77, at Beeston Lodge Nursing Home on 8 June, after suffering from dementia and cancer.

He served his country for 30 years, surviving being shot at and almost starving to death on limited rations.

Staff at the nursing have appealed for people to attend the service at Bramcote Crematorium at 3.45pm.

Details confirmed for funeral of veteran soldier

Alex McDougall died with no known relatives Credit: Aisha Morrell

An appeal for people to attend the funeral of veteran soldier has resulted in a massive reaction across the UK.

Alex McDougall served his country for 30 years, surviving being shot at and almost starving to death on limited rations. He passed away at Beeston Lodge Nursing Home on 8 June after suffering from dementia and cancer.

The Bramcote Crematorium have confirmed that the funeral will take place on Friday 26 June at 3.45pm at their premises.

"We are overwhelmed by the public show of respect that has resulted following the publicity about the funeral of Alex McDougall. Those who intend to be present on Friday should note that parking is limited at the crematorium but additional parking is available at Bramcote Park which is located nearby.

"Mr McDougall's funeral will take place in the small chapel (capacity 46) so space is limited and we cannot accommodate large numbers inside. Visitors are also asked to be mindful of the other funerals taking place on the day and have due consideration for the families and friends of all those bereaved."

– Bramcote Crematorium
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