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.
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