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New dean appointed at Bristol Cathedral

Dean David Hoyle - Bristol Diocese
Dean Hoyle is a theologian, historian and author

The new dean of Bristol has been officially appointed.

The Reverend Canon Dr David Hoyle, 52, from Gloucester, is the second most important official in the diocese after the Bishop.

Five bishops and hundreds of guests and dignitaries gathered at Bristol Cathedral for the ceremony on Saturday.

Dean Hoyle, a theologian, historian and author, spent the past seven years heading training and support for priests in the Gloucester Diocese.

Bristol Diocese had been without a dean for about a year.

The appointment of Dean Hoyle, who was also a Canon at Gloucester Cathedral, was announced by the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown in December.

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