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Ethiopian celebration in town.

ETHIOPIANS gathered in Huddersfield at the weekend for a special celebration.

Hundreds of people from across the country took part in the service at St Thomas's Church on Manchester Road, Longroyd Bridge.

Members of the Ethiopian Kedanamehret Tewahedo Orthodox Church were presented with a replica of the Ark of the Covenant at the event, which ran from early morning until late afternoon on Saturday.

Archbishop of the church for north-west Europe, Aba Entos, presided over the celebration, which is an annual event.

Ethiopian worshippers have held their weekly services in St Thomas's every Sunday from 2pm for the past four years.

Father Leslie Pinfield, parish priest at the Manchester Road church, said: "It has been a great privilege to be able to provide a space for the Ethiopian Orthodox Church to grow and develop.

"They are a group of deeply committed young Christians who have enriched the life of our own Christian community in many ways".

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 27, 2012
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