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Newton Aycliffe councillors honour popular priest
A PRIEST who was an active and much-loved member of the Newton Aycliffe community has been honoured by councillors.
Father Michael Campion served as priest at St Mary Roman Catholic Church for five years before moving to Holy Name at Jesmond in Newcastle in August.
The 63-year-old, who helped launched Great Aycliffe Residents’ Association, was a popular member of the community and widely respected for his kind nature and devotion to the town.
Councillor Bob Fleming, the leader of Great Aycliffe Town Council, was keen to recognise Father Campion’s service and organised a special presentation at a recent council meeting.
During the meeting, Coun Barbara Clare, the Mayor of Great Aycliffe, presented Father Campion with a gift to commemorate his time in Newton Aycliffe.
She said: “We would like to thank Father Campion for being a true Newtonian and with him well in the future.”
Father Campion said it was a great honour to receive the gift, adding: “My time in Newton Aycliffe was the most happy in my whole life as a priest of 38 years.
“I have nothing but the fondest and happiest memories of the town and the people, who are so warm and welcoming.”
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