Feast day dedication for church’s stained glass windows

The new stained glass windows at St Aidan's Church in North Shields in memory of Dr Ralph Iley which are being dedicated on Friday.  Rev Claire Greenwood is pictured with church members.
The new stained glass windows at St Aidan's Church in North Shields in memory of Dr Ralph Iley which are being dedicated on Friday. Rev Claire Greenwood is pictured with church members.
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THREE new stained glass windows depicting St Aidan in a fishing vessel will be dedicated to a North Shields church.

The Right Reverend Frank White, the assistant bishop of Newcastle, will dedicate the windows to the Church of St Aidan in Billy Mill Lane, North Shields, in a service at 7.30pm on Friday, the feast day of the Northumbrian saint.

Church member Dorothy Iley, of North Shields, donated the money for two of the windows in memory of her husband, the late industrialist, businessman and renowned pigeon fancier Dr Ralph Iley CBE, who died January 2010.

The third was funded by the congregation and friends of St Aidan’s.

The church commissioned the design, by north east clergyman Reverend Christopher Wardale after inspecting windows at Holy Saviour’s Church in Tynemouth, St Mary’s Church in Willington Quay and some of Wardale’s own work at St Mary’s Church in Holywell.

Pupils from New York and Whitehouse Primary Schools in North Shields also contributed to the design with many of them having their initials featured on the fish they drew.