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York Minister: Full house for historic occasion

History is being made at York Minster today for the consecration of the Church of England's first female bishop.

York Minster gears up for momentous occasion Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend John Sentamu will ordain the Rev. Libby Lane as the Bishop of Stockport.

It comes two decades after the ordination of the first women priests.

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First female bishop to be consecrated at York Minster

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The first female bishop in the Church of England will be consecrated at York Minster in an historic service conducted by the Archbishop of York.

The Rev Libby Lane is to become Bishop of Stockport. She is the first woman in the church to take on the post, breaking 500 years of tradition.

She will be formally installed as the Bishop of Stockport in a separate service in March.

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First female bishop makes history

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History will be made at York Minister later today when the Church of England's first female bishop is ordained.

The Rev Libby Lane will be consecrated as the new Bishop of Stockport . She's a former hospital chaplain in the York diocese and the wife of a former curate at Beverley Minster.

Rev Lane will be consecrated at York Minister in a service beginning at 11am and presided over by The Archbishop of York, the Most Rev John Sentamu.

The mother-of-two was revealed as the Bishop of Stockport in an historic announcement last December, an an appointment that saw the Church of England break with almost 500 years of tradition. Speaking after the original announcement, she said:

"I am grateful for, though somewhat daunted by, the confidence placed in me by the Diocese of Chester. This is unexpected and very exciting. I am very conscious of all those who have gone before me, women and men, who for decades have looked forward to this moment. But most of all I am thankful to God."

Army medics to parade through York city centre

York Minster will host a thanksgiving service today Credit: ITV News

More than 200 medics from 65 units across all three armed forces will attend a special thanksgiving ceremony at York minister this morning, before parading through the ancient city centre.

Among the 65 units recognised will be the 34 Field Hospital from the city's Strensall Barracks who returned from Afghanistan last month where they closed down the field hospital in Camp Bastion.

The parade will pass through Duncombe Place at 10 50 am to be inspected before a medal ceremony takes place.

The parade will be watched by the city's Lord Mayor, Councillor Ian Gillies:

"I am delighted to officially welcome 34 Field Hospital back to York, following their recent deployment, heading up the UK Medical Group in Afghanistan.

We will join them on Duncombe Place for their Freedom of Entry Parade and medals presentation and hope that many people will join us inwelcoming them safely back home.”

– The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Ian Gillies

Traffic restrictions will be in place between 7am and 1.30pm at Duncombe Place, Blake Street, St Helen’s Square, Davygate, New Street, St Sampson’s Square, High Petergate, Church Street, Parliament Street, High Ousegate, Spurriergate, Market Street, Feasegate and Coney Street.


Tour de France: York Minster puts yellow jersey on roof

York Minster is claiming the highest yellow jersey in Yorkshire as it released these pictures of its banner on top of the central tower.

The Tour de France will pass the South Door of the Minster at the start of Stage 2, between York and Sheffield, on Sunday.

The banner on top of York Minster is the spirit of the Tour de France Credit: York Minster
The Tour passes the South Door on Saturday, but the only way to see the banner is from above Credit: York Minster

A spokesman said: "Those visiting York Minster on Saturday evening for one of the early evening Tower Tours will be able to see the banner up close - but without a doubt, the best view will be from the heavens above."

The 15m square banner was made by a local firm. Credit: York Minster

Fire service: Port of Tyne fire was 'particularly challenging'

Fire crews will remain at the Port of Tyne for 'some time' in case the large fire re-ignites.

Around 50 firefighters were called to the site at South Shields at around 3pm today to reports of a fire in a conveyor transfer tower.

The tower is used to transfer wood pellet from the main storage facility to the rail loading silo.

At the peak of the fire, crews applied six cooling water jets to dampen down the fire.

It was a particularly challenging incident and we had to re-assess how we tackled the fire due to the difficult conditions our fire crews faced.

Fire crews who were mobilised from all over Tyne and Wear should be praised for their professionalism and swift actions which helped to get the fire under control quickly.

Firefighters will remain on-site for some time to ensure the fire does not re-ignite and we would like to thank the Port of Tyne for their assistance.

– Group Manager Keith Trotter, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Ugandan choir sing for schoolchildren at York Minster

The Archbishop of York has had a taste of home as the voices of a Ugandan children's choir raised the roof of York Minster.

They sang as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of All Saints Church of England Academy in Ingleby Barwick.

They're on a fundraising tour around England and say they've loved performing in the North East.

Academy celebrates 10th anniversary

A choir performed during the 10th anniversary celebrations. Credit: ITV news

An academy in Ingleby Barwick is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

All Saints Church of England Academy marked the milestone with a service at York Minster.

Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu spoke at the Service of Thanksgiving earlier today, which was attended by the whole school community.

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