Bishop Of Jarrow, The Right Revd Mark Bryant Dedicates A window at St Mary Magdalene – Trimdon Village to the Memory of Lily Burton – Wife of John Burton Agent to Former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

 Bishop Of Jarrow, The Right Revd Mark Bryant Dedicates A window at St Mary Magdalene – Trimdon Village to the Memory of Lily Burton – Wife of John Burton Agent to Former Prime Minister Tony Blair. L-R John Burton, Revd Michael Gobbett, Bishop of Jarrow, Cherie Blair.

Bishop Of Jarrow, The Right Revd Mark Bryant Dedicates A window at St Mary Magdalene – Trimdon Village to the Memory of Lily Burton – Wife of John Burton Agent to Former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
L-R John Burton, Revd Michael Gobbett, Bishop of Jarrow, Cherie Blair.
 
 Arriving for the service, Bishop Mark, Cherie Blair, John Burton

Arriving for the service, Bishop Mark, Cherie Blair, John Burton
A stained-glass window was dedicated at St Mary Magdalene’s church in Trimdon, County Durham, in memory of congregation member Lily Burton, at a service presided over by the Bishop of Jarrow, the Right Revd Mark Bryant, on Saturday (November16). Lily, who was organist in the church, and also did the flowers for many years, was wife to John Burton, the constituency agent of then Sedgefield MP Tony Blair. Former prime minister Mr Blair backed the appeal for a memorial window at the church to mark the tireless dedication of the much-loved organist. Members of the Parochial Council of St Mary Magdalene Church, working with the local community, raised the money needed to install the stained glass window in honour of Lily. The dedication happened on the second anniversary of her death. Mrs Burton worshipped at the church for more than 50 years. Following her death from cancer in November 2011 at the age of 71, Mr Blair described Mrs Burton as ‘one of the kindest and nicest human beings‘ he had ever met. And, in a further mark of respect, the former Sedgefield MP and his wife Cherie offered to double the total amount raised for the window. Cherie attended the dedication. Her husband is expected to visit soon. Renowned stained glass artist Bridget Jones was commissioned to design the window, which is based on Magnificat – the song of Mary – an ancient hymn that celebrates the Virgin Mary. Mr and Mrs Burton married at St Mary Magdalene Church in 1963 and the couple christened both of their children there. John Burton said: “Having the bishop to dedicate the window is a great honour. Lily gave her life to this church and we are greatly honoured that the bishop came to perform the service. Lily was a great servant to the church. She just loved the church.” Team Rector of Upper Skerne The Revd Michael Gobbett said: “We are giving thanks for someone who is very special to a lot of people, and for something is a treasured part of our church building.” The Bishop of Jarrow said: “Lily Burton was organist in this church for many years and she must have played various chants to the Magnificat hundreds and hundreds of times at Evensong. “I like to think that this window is a good memorial to a woman who over many years enriched the worship of this parish church. “This window with its words of Mary’s song, my soul doth magnify the Lord, is a wonderful reminder, not only of the woman who enhanced the music of this parish church, but a reminder to all of us that without worship we shrink. “Lily was deeply committed to this community. In a world where we are often more and more isolated, where people do not know their next door neighbour and where in our big cities people can lie ill or dead for a number of days without anybody noticing, we need people who will still worry about community and community at its best ensures that people are not left out because life is hard for them and they are not left out because they have made mistakes. “So in memory of Lily this window will stand in this parish church, reminding all who see it of a new vision of the world where the poor and the forgotten and those who easily slip through the net are lifted up – “he has cast down the mighty and has lifted up the lowly.”          

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