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Hundreds bid farewell to bishop

Dr Stephen Venner and his wife Judy
Dr Venner and his wife Judy received tributes at Canterbury Cathedral

Hundreds of clergy and church members gathered in Canterbury Cathedral to bid farewell to the Bishop of Dover, who is retiring after 10 years in the role.

The Archbishop of Canterbury paid tribute to the Rt Rev Dr Stephen Venner saying he was "a person of humanity, quality, intelligence and humility".

"I couldn't think of anybody I would have preferred to work with," said Archbishop Rowan Williams.

Dr Venner, 65, is moving to Rochester with his wife Judy.

He will continue his role as Bishop to the Forces, which he has held since July. He will also continue as Bishop to the Falkland Islands.

The Archbishop said after Saturday's service that at the moment, Bishop to the Forces was "as responsible a job as it gets".

Dr Venner is succeeded at Dover by the Rt Rev Trevor Willmott.

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