Royston reverend retires after over 15 years of service

Les Harman preached his last sermon on Sunday and a leaving do was thrown by parishioners and important figures in the town at St John the Baptist.

The life-long Liverpool FC fan was presented with a personalised shirt emblazoned with his name and the number 11 - signed by the club’s legendary shot stopper Ray Clemence.

For the retiring reverend’s benefit the choir also performed the red’s anthem - You’ll Never Walk Alone - at the end of his final service.

Mr Harman retires after serving the town for 16 years and will head off to Kingsteignton, Devon, in a few weeks with his wife Jeni.

He said: “It was lovely, it was a really nice surprise to see so many there - it was excellent.


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“We were both overwhelmed by the number of people and good wishes, as well as the things they gave us.

“I thank everyone for all the wishes Royston has made a deep impression and we wont forget it.”

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Prolific campaigner Terry Hutt attended the send off along with members of the town council - including Royston’s mayor, Rob Inwood.

Mr Hutt said: “It was more like a wedding there was so many people there and there was so much food you could have fed the 5,000.”

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