Church marks its 50 years with flowers

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In 1965, young Brigg man 
Peter Boston attended the opening of St Mary’s Church and he was there 50 years later to mark its half century.

Mr Boston shared his memories of the official opening of the new Catholic Church as it celebrated its golden anniversary in style.

He could recall the event and the activity in the lead up.

“I lived on the nearby estate and where the church was built used to be a playing field,” said Mr Boston, who still worships at the church.

“There was a wood nearby and it all looked very different.

“It rained hard the day in 1964 when the foundation stone was laid, but in June 1965 it was a fine day.

“Father David Bradbury was the Priest then.”

The ground work for the building of the church had been largely done by the previous priest Father Patrick O’Hanlon, much loved in the town and who had a street named after him.

He orchestrated the building fund and raised £15,000 from parishioners.

Bishop Ellis came for the opening ceremony and Father O’Hanlon gave an extra £500 that he wanted to go towards a spire, having been disappointed the new church did not have one.

To mark the church’s half century, a flower festival was held and there were also lots of activities in the church hall.

Saying farewell to the church in September, after eight years in the town, is Father Dominic O’Connor who is moving to St Bernadette’s in Scunthorpe.

He admitted that he had loved being in Brigg.

“Some say Brigg is the church no priest wants to go to and no priest wants to leave,” he said.