Newton church’s milestone anniversary

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A Newton church is celebrating its 100th birthday.

June will be a special month for All Saints Church since the 24th since the church was consecrated.

Team vicar, Rev Chris Stafford, said: “To celebrate the occasion we are holding a ‘Saints of the north’ festival from Friday, June 24 to Sunday, June 26.

“During the long weekend the church will be open with an exhibition of ‘saints’ – that is, those people who have made a great contribution to our town and region.

“There will be various contributions, including a number of figures made out of paper and card, with the help of a professional sculptor. Hope Academy and Newton Primary school are also taking part.

Our exhibition will thus include entertainers, sports men and women, TV and film personalities, engineers, social reformers etc.

From George Formby to Eric Morecambe, from Robert Stephenson (remember the Rocket? He was also partner for a few years of The Vulcan Foundry) to Josephine Butler (a social reformer).

“They all contributed to society in some way. Some of the saints are nameless. One display will therefore feature a woman worker baking biscuits at an army biscuit factory in Lancashire (these hard biscuits were an important staple of the rations of British soldiers during WWI).

The church will be open:

Friday, June 24 - 2pm to 4pm

Saturday, June 25 - 10am to 4pm

Sunday, June 26 - noon to 4pm

For more information about this and other centenary events (including an organ concert by Professor Ian Tracey) visit http://allsaints.magix.net/)