A NORTH Northumberland man celebrated 50 years of ministry at a special service.
Canon Rev David Adam, who was born in Alnwick, was the vicar in Danby, North Yorkshire for 20 years before later becoming the vicar on Holy Island.
He was made a canon of York Minster in 1989 and is a well-known author of Celtic-inspired poetry, publishing over ten books.
The congregation of St Mary’s, Belford, was joined by representatives from St Hilda’s, Lucker for the special service in January.
In his homily, David reflected on his long career in the priesthood, with his usual warmth and humour.
He talked about his time in other parts of the country including North Yorkshire before returning to his Northumbrian roots and finally becoming the Church of England priest on Holy Island.
He paid particular tribute to Denise, his wife of many years for her support and help in his ministry.
David had asked for a low-key celebration but the Vicar, Rev John Beckwith had other ideas and after the service, the congregation helped David to celebrate with wine and cake.