May the first saw a new chapter begin at St Mary The Virgin, in Gisburn, with the licensing of The Reverend Tony Humphries.
It was carried out by the Bishop of Bradford, Rt Rev. Nick Baines, who was assisted by the Archdeacon of Craven, The Venerable Paul Slater, and Rural Dean Roger Wood. The clergy procession was led in by Crucifer Patrick Phoenix.
The Old Testament reading was given by Mr George Bargh and the New Testament reading by Miss Eleanor-Rose Wrathall. Churchwardens and members of the Parochial Church Council assisted during the service. Afterwards tea, coffee, homemade cakes and biscuits were served to all.
Tony and his wife, Jenny, moved to Gisburn from Derbyshire. They have four grown-up children and five grandchildren. Tony has held several posts within the Church of England and also in Alaska.
Previous to his ordination he was a biochemist. He is also a keen artisan breadmaker which he hopes he might put to use in enriching the sense of community in Gisburn.