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New bishop's three-part ceremony

Right Reverend James Newcome
The Right Reverend James Newcome will sit on his throne for the first time

Worshippers in Cumbria were joined by church leaders from India and Norway at special services in honour of the new Bishop of Carlisle.

The Right Reverend James Newcome was officially welcomed during three ceremonies around the city.

St Cuthberts Church hosted the first of the services on Saturday afternoon.

The procession then moved to the Carel Cross in the city centre, before heading to the Carlisle Cathedral for the formal enthronement.

'Rather fun'

This was performed by the Dean of Carlisle, the Very Reverend Mark Boyling, and was the first time the new bishop sat in his throne.

It is unusual to hold the ceremony in three parts, and the decision was taken because the cathedral was not big enough to hold all those invited to attend.

Speaking before the ceremony, the Right Reverend Newcome said: "I've never heard of it happening this way anywhere else, so it is rather an imaginative idea on behalf of the dean and his team.

"I think it should be rather fun."



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