Holbeach St Marks church celebrates 150 years
A special celebratory service was held at Holbeach St marks Church to celebrate 150 years since it was consecrated.
The consecration, on January 6, 1869, was performed by then-Bishop of Lincoln, Dr Jackson, a painting of whom resides in the current Bishop’s dining room.
So it was fitting that the current Bishop, The Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, attended with his wife Susan.
The service was also the penultimate one for the current vicar, Father Adrian Mason, who is retiring due to ill health and was a fitting tribute to someone held in such great regard.
The service was attended by congregations from Fleet, Gedney, Holbeach Hurn and St Marks, accompanied by outstanding organist Peter Graper.
After the service the congregation was given a late sausage breakfast cooked by local councillor and church warden, Nick Worth, along with a taste of champagne, to replicate a similar breakfast held in honour of Dr Jackson in 1869 at the nearby Wheatsheaf Pub, that sadly no longer exists.
Mr Worth said: "This was a lovely service that was made extra special with the attendance of the Bishop of Lincoln who had travelled with his wife from London in the early hours to be in Holbeach St Marks for the occasion.
"Hopefully I haven’t managed to poison anyone with my cooking."