Coxwold church to host annual cycling sertvice

Darlington and Stockton Times: Cyclists head for last year's service. Cyclists head for last year's service.

MORE than 300 cyclists from across the region will converge on the village of Coxwold in North Yorklshire on Sunday, May 11.

They will be holding their 88th annual Service of Remembrance at St Michael’s Church beginning at 1.30 pm.

The Coxwold service was started in 1927 by its then vicar, the Rev Gibson Black, who is buried in the churchyard – and a florally-decorated bicycle wheel is placed on his grave each year.

The small, 14th-century church will be filled with a sea of multicoloured jerseys and cyclists will act as bell ringers, sidesmen, offertory collectors, lesson readers, choristers. One will also play the organ.

All are welcome to the service which will be led by the Rector, the Rev Liz Hassall. The guest preacher will be the Rt Rev Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverley.

Refreshments will be on sale in Coxwold village hall from 11am and after the service.

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