York & North Yorkshire

Archbishop of York conducts 11 outdoor baptisms

Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu
Image caption The service is in its seventh year

Eleven people are to be baptised by the Archbishop of York by being totally immersed in a large tank of water.

Dr John Sentamu will be baptising the Christians of different denominations outside St Michael le Belfrey Church, York, from 14:00 GMT.

One Voice York has organised the service, now in its seventh year.

Archbishop Sentamu said: "Easter is fantastic news for us all as it reminds us that it's never too late to make a fresh start."

The archbishop and the candidates' own church leaders will be in the water for the baptisms.

Matthew Fletcher, 22, is among the people being baptised he said: "Now I feel I am old enough to understand.

"I've had enough life experience and I feel I can stick to the promises made at baptism, so now's the right time to be baptised."

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