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Suffragan Bishop of Brixworth is consecrated

Bishop John Holbrook.
Image caption Bishop Holbrook hopes to enjoy the racing at Silverstone

The new Suffragan Bishop of Brixworth has been consecrated during a service at Westminster Abbey.

Canon John Holbrook, the rural dean of Wimborne, was made a bishop by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Suffragan Bishop is in effect the full-time assistant bishop in the Church of England's Diocese of Peterborough.

Before his consecration, Canon Holbrook said he would "try to be a bishop for everyone".

He succeeds Bishop Frank White.

On the eve of his consecration, the new Bishop said: "I can't quite believe it's happening."

He and his family are looking for a house in one of the villages between Northampton and Wellingborough.

"I know the south of Northamptonshire a bit having lived on the edge of Milton Keynes and on the edge of Banbury.

"We'd often go into Northants on days off and explore the Waterways Museum at Stoke Bruerne.

"I have been known to attend the racing at Towcester and hope to attend the racing at Silverstone one day."

As Suffragan Bishop of Brixworth, he will work closely with the Bishop of Peterborough, the Right Reverend Donald Allister.

Bishop Holbrook will also develop and implement a strategic mission plan for the Diocese.

He is married to Elizabeth, a tax accountant, and has two children.

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