Archbishop of York’s gansey at exhibition

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu

The Archbishop of York will be swapping the grandeur of York Minster to lead a service in on of the area’s oldest parishes at the weekend.

On Sunday Dr John Sentamu will lead the 4pm Evensong service at old St Stephen’s Church at Robin Hood’s Bay on Sunday before visiting the local exhibition of knitted fishermen’s’ jumpers, “Propagansey 2014”.

Old St Stephen’s, which stands up above the rolling hills and cliff tops overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay, was built in 1822 on the site of an older church. It closed 20 years ago but still opens for special services and occasions - such as the exhibition which runs until September 20.

Deb Gillanders, organiser, said: “Old St Stephen’s Church is a wonderful place to hold the exhibition, and I hope the Archbishop enjoys visiting.

Rosi Lister, north director for the Churches Conservation Trust said, “St Stephens is a real jewel in the Trust’s collection of wonderful historic churches.

“We are thrilled that Archbishop Sentamu will have an opportunity to experience this charming Georgian chapel in its dramatic coastline setting first hand.

“The Friends of St Stephen’s do a fabulous job putting on events and we certainly couldn’t do without their support.”