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Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is among the mourners today at the funeral of his former parish Priest and long-time friend Father John Caden.

Father John Caden baptised all four of Mr Blair's children.

The funeral service took place at St. Edmunds Church in Sedgefield, in the former Prime Minister's constituency.

Mr Blair told ITV News that Father Caden was a great mentor.


Funeral of one of County Durham's best-loved characters

Father John Caden Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The funeral is taking place today of a long-serving priest who baptised all four of Tony Blair's children. Father John Caden, who was known as Father Jack, died last month at the age of 90. He had been a Priest for 65 years.

Father Caden counted many stars among his friends even buying President George Bush a drink when he visited Sedgefield in 2003.

Pictures of close friends Tony and Cherie Blair adorned Father John Caden's walls Credit: ITV