Scorton’s fond farewell to popular vicar

Rev David Brown's  last service at St Peter's Scorton - he is taking up a new post as  the Anglican chaplain in Warsaw.
Rev David Brown's last service at St Peter's Scorton - he is taking up a new post as the Anglican chaplain in Warsaw.
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What a send-off.. there was standing room only at St Peter’s Church, Scorton when parishioners and friends turned out to say a fond farewell to the Rev David Brown and his wife, local dentist Hanna.

The Browns were determined it would be a service and celebration to remember – the congregation was welcomed into church by the Lytham Philharmonic Orchestra.

Rev David Brown and wife Hanna with Canon Ron Greenall (far right) at Rev Brown's final service at St Peter's, Scorton

Rev David Brown and wife Hanna with Canon Ron Greenall (far right) at Rev Brown's final service at St Peter's, Scorton

The church organist was accompanied by The Preston Semitones Band and “The Spirit of New Orleans” group serenaded the serving of wine and champagne in the church grounds before a meal in the church hall.

The children of Scorton and Calder Vale schools, under the direction of headteacher Helen Hesketh, had composed a special hymn about David to the music of Alleluia, Praise the Lord and presented this,together with gifts to David and Hanna.

Rev Brown is retiring from his UK post at the age of 70, but is taking up a new appointment as the Anglican chaplain in Warsaw in the Diocese of Europe.

For the past eight years he has been Vicar of St Peter’s, Scorton, St John’s Calder Vale and All Saints, Barnacre.

Colin Babbs and Martin and Jean Miller, three of the churchwardens from Barnacre, Scorton and Calder Vale, made presentations to David and Hanna, as did representatives from the Methodist and Roman Catholic Churches in Scorton.

A specially written poem about Rev David by Hazel Fillingham of The Square in Scorton was read out and received great acclaim, as did a special solo sung by Penny Drinkall.

Three times the Rev Canon Ron Greenall, who took the first part of the service and preached, had to appeal to people to “squash up in the pews” to allow others to get into church and even then many were still standing. He said: “So many people commented on what a fantastic day, service and fellowship they had experienced at this event”