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I AM writing on behalf the Diocese of Middlesbrough in response to a letter (22.11.10) in which the correspondent wondered what had happened to the altar in St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Cannon Street, Middlesbrough, after it closed in 2002.

When St Patrick's Church was closed in 2002, care was taken to find appropriate homes for as many of the interior furnishings as possible. So, for example, the organ was transported to a church on the Isle of Wight where it is in regular use; and many of the pews and much altar furniture is now in the Church of St Mary and St Joseph in Pocklington where they are in regular use.

The altar was carefully taken apart and transported to Bridlington where it now has pride of place in the Church of Our Lady and St Peter. If readers would like to see how the altar has been rebuilt in that church they can visit the parish website at www.ourladysbrid.co.uk Your correspondent alleges that when the church was demolished he found registers and records in a skip outside the church. I believe he is mistaken because I was personally responsible for the removal of the registers at the time of the demolition and can take your correspondent or any other person who cares to ask to the safe place where these important legal documents are carefully preserved.

FATHER DEREK TURNHAM, Moderator of the Curia, Curial Offices, 50a The Avenue, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 25, 2010
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