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Bishop Michael's last day

Bishop Michael is retiring after more than 13 years Photo: ITV News West Country

The Right Revd Dr Michael Langrish has been saying his final goodbyes to the people who've helped him fulfil his role. He served Exeter diocese for 13 and a half years, overseeing the work of more than 600 churches.

Bishop Michael's last service will be at Exeter Cathedral on 29 June. Here he is showing Prince Charles and Camilla the restoration work Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire.

Bishop Michael told me that in time he he felt the church had kept up with the changing population, with more than 90 churches successfully offering a more modern approach to worship.

It's the fourth largest diocese in the country and owns more than 60% of the country's listed buildings.

While a few churches have been forced to close during his time in office, he's proud of the fact that more have opened.

He may be known as one of the bishops who was opposed to the gay marriage proposal but he told me that he felt that the Government was trying to change the definition of marriage rather than selling the proposal on the basis of equal rights.

He's played other important roles too - not least during the foot and mouth crisis and also in the House of Lords which he joined in 2005. There he could speak about the challenges facing rural communities and other issues such as the need for better broadband connections.

One challenge he's had to face in recent years was the Occupy Exeter protest Credit: David Wilcock/PA Wire

Above all he says he'd like to thank all those who've helped him fulfil his role in Devon and that includes the media too.