Bishop of Winchester the Rt Rev Tim Dakin joined the Mayor of Southampton and residents from across the city to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Southampton’s city status at a special service on 24th February. On that date in 1964 Southampton was awarded city status by Royal Charter, and the service marked part of celebrations across the city to celebrate the golden jubilee of that occasion.
The service of thanksgiving, which took place at St Mary’s church, included a rededication of the city by local church leaders Rev Paul Woodman and Chris David MBE. and performances from local choirs St Mary’s School Choir, Cantores Michaelis and New Community Gospel Choir.
The Rt Rev Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester said: “I was delighted to join people from across Southampton for the city’s Golden Jubilee. This service was a wonderful opportunity for us all to celebrate Southampton’s achievements over the last 50 years. I’m particularly proud of the work which Love Southampton has been doing to unite the work of the churches and organisations such as Street Pastors, with that of the council, to deliver something new and exciting for all the city’s residents. It was great to have the opportunity to come together for this time of prayer and thanksgiving.”