A long-serving Lancashire bishop has announced he will retire in July.
The Bishop of Burnley, The Rt Rev John Goddard, has served the Church of England for 43 years.
Bishop John, 66, will spend his retirement in Tarleton with wife Vivienne.
Rt Rev Julian Henderson, the Bishop of Blackburn, said: “Bishop John has served the people of Lancashire with distinction for many years including nearly 14 years as Bishop of Burnley.
“He commands huge respect from all communities and I have hugely valued his counsel since my arrival in Lancashire last year.
“I know I speak for the whole Diocese when I wish Bishop John and his wife Vivienne a long and very happy retirement together.
”In the meantime, Bishop John will continue to serve the Diocese and we will be looking at ways to ensure his long service to the community is marked appropriately before he steps down.”
In an email sent to fellow clergy, Bishop John says: “Having weighed matters carefully and taken advice, I believe the time has arrived when I should lay down the privilege of being the Bishop of Burnley. I have found great fulfilment in the diversity of ministry to which I have been called over the last 43 years and certainly being the Bishop of Burnley for more than 13 of those years has been a blessing.” =