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Bishop gives final blessing

The Bishop of Newcastle will give his final public blessing this afternoon.

The Right Reverent Martin Wharton will give a service of Thanksgiving and a public blessing on the City and Diocese in Cathedral Square, outside St Nicholas' Cathedral.

The service will begin at 4pm.

Bishop Martin Wharton has served Newcastle since 1998 and many people are expected to gather for his farewell service.

An open invitation has been made to the Diocese which stretches from the Tweed to the Tyne.

Dean of Durham offers prayers ahead of referendum

The Dean of Durham is encouraging people to pray that Scottish voters “use their votes carefully with concern for the common good,” ahead of the Referendum on Independence this week.

The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove said: “In these days leading up to the Referendum, and on the day itself, we are inviting people to pray for the people of Scotland and the whole United Kingdom at this crucial time of decision. We pray that all the people of Scotland will use their vote responsibly and carefully with a view to the things that will enable our mutual flourishing so that these islands remain a secure home for all our people.”

Two prayers have been written, which have been placed at a specially created prayer station at the Altar of St Margaret of Scotland, within Durham Cathedral.

The Dean has been vocal on both his blog and twitter platform about the Scottish Referendum and said: “Although the Church of England has not taken an official stance on this political vote, I believe that people in England should be given the opportunity to pray about something that will, in the end, affect us all.”


Stockton celebrates Eid festival

Eid Fusion in Stockton Credit: ITV

A special event is being held in Stockton to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid, which marks the end of a month of fasting during Ramadan.

The Community Welfare Trust and Friends of Ropner Park decided to host their first Eid Fusion multi-cultural event to bring the local community closer together.

Food and fashion stalls were among the attractions on offer. Local musicians also entertained the crowds.