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Thousands pay joyous final farewell to pioneering Bishop

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Thousands of mourners have paid their final respects to a pioneering black Bishop who started an international church movement from Birmingham in the 1950s.

In 1955, Bishop Sydney Alexander Dunn created the Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic in Handsworth, after he emigrated to the UK from Jamaica as part of the Windrush generation.

Today his congregations from all over the world packed into the Bethel Convention Centre in West Bromwich.

The 2,500 seater venue is the culmination of the Bishop’s life vision to create an international church and to inspire future generations. Gospel choirs praised the Bishop's life over 4 hours, before crowds followed on to Handsworth Cemetery, where Bishop Dunn was laid to rest in the family tomb by his wife.



  1. Anglia

Work on £2 million Sikh temple to get underway in June

How the temple is expected to look once it is completed. Credit: PRP Architects

Construction work on a £2 million Sikh temple in Northampton is set to begin next month.

The Gurdwara in St James Mill Road will replace the existing building on St Georges Street.

It will include a gym, community centre and 120 parking spaces. It's due to be completed in early 2019.

It will just completely transform all the services that we've got, not only for our own community but we want other communities to come and share that space.

We want to have that respect for each other and help each other grow as well at the same time.

– Amarjit Singh Atwal, Trustee
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