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40 Year Anniversary Celebration for Canon Jim

The Youth Band were commissioned to take part in a special celebration on Saturday 21st September at a service in Holy Trinity Church and then a party afterwards in the Band Club.

July 2013 saw the 40th anniversary of Canon Jim's ordination to the priesthood. He was ordained by the Bishop of Lichfield in the Cathedral Church of The Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Chad, Lichfield, on 1st July 1973.

There was a full house of regulars and visitors for the celebration. All the music and hymns during the service had special significance to Canon Jim, having been sung at his ordination and other special services, and were accompanied by small band of players from Dobcross Youth Band and organist Eric Kirkbride.

The sermon was a walk down memory lane for Canon Jim, as he reminisced with anecdotes about the churches he had served in, and how he had been greatly influenced by Canon Peter Green who officiated in Salford for 51 years till the age of 91.  He reminded us that the word Eucharist means “thanksgiving”  He also paid tribute to his wife Iris and son Simon, daughter-in-law Fiona and granddaughter Isabelle. As well as two servers from Holy Trinity, three visitors assisted at the service: Jim Bunting of St George’s Atherton, Alan Preece of St Andrew’s Great Wyrley, and Terence Richards of Christ Church Lancaster, all churches that were part of Canon Jim’s career.

After the service everyone was invited to Dobcross Band Club to a concert of marches performed by the Youth Band, compered by Paul Wooding, including a favourite, “Ballerina”, which was always played during the Manchester Whit Walks. The marches were introduced by Paul Wooding, who had looked at their history and found much of great interest.

Canon Jim has a love of brass bands and Whit Walks. For over three years he has been researching and preparing to publish a book entitled “The History and Memories of Whit Walks in and around Manchester, with Banners and Bands.” It will be launched at St Ann’s Church, Manchester, where the first-ever Whit Walks were held in 1801.

A concert full of marches is a significant 'blow' for any band - let alone a youth band. The band did not let their performance levels drop including Canon Jim's requested encore of 'Ballerina'.

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