George Lackenby

 George Lackenby

George Lackenby
George Lackenby, 64, has swapped the stressful life of a traffic warden for a life in the Church as he is ordained as a deacon. George who is currently the Reader at St Ninian, Harlow Green, St. Andrew, Lamesley, becomes Curate, Harlow Green and Lamesley. He said: “Until early retirement in 2011 I spent 32 years as a Northumbria Police Traffic Warden, firstly in Newcastle but more latterly in Hexham and rural South West Northumberland where I became well known on the streets. “As part of a rural policing team and a police driver, throughout my time in Hexham both my police colleagues and many local people knew of my faith and my church connections. This accounted for my being approached by the BBC when recording a ‘Songs of Praise’ in Hexham, to appear in one of their programmes with Aled Jones. During my time with Northumbria Police I was presented with a long service award and a’ chief officer’s compliment’. “I have been an Anglican since joining my first church choir at the age of nine. My journey to ministry has been a long slow one. As I worked in various places round the country early in my working life, the church remained central. Licenced as a Reader in 1996 to the parish of St Andrew at Lamesley in Gateshead, ministry was then extended to St Ninian at Harlow Green as part of a united benefice. “One of the challenges at work was convincing  people that a traffic warden can also be a Christian – in many people’s minds the two just don’t go together. However, I believe I managed that.”