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Bishop of London celebrates East End church's 50th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 13:16 30 April 2010 | UPDATED: 15:57 05 October 2010

Dr Richard Chartres leads a special service at St Paul's in Bow Common

Dr Richard Chartres leads a special service at St Paul's in Bow Common

Carmen Valino

THE Bishop of London praised an East End church for continuing to inspire when he joined parishioners in celebrating its 50th anniversary. Dr Richard Chartres led a special service last night at St Paul s in Bow Common to mark half a century since the

THE Bishop of London praised an East End church for "continuing to inspire" when he joined parishioners in celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Dr Richard Chartres led a special service last night at St Paul's in Bow Common to mark half a century since the church was rebuilt after being damaged in the Second World War.

The bishop joined the vicar of the Burdett Road church, Reverend Duncan Ross, as he welcomed present and past members of the congregation and performed a Eucharist of Thanksgiving.

He said: "Much that was created and expressed in the 1960's has not stood the test of time. St Paul's and the life it has incubated is an exception.

"St Paul's not only survives but continues to disturb and inspire.

"Under Duncan Ross and the community that worships here now the gate of heaven has been thrown open in ways that would have been hard to predict in 1960.

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