It was just amazing, says Reverend Rosemary Carey of the Art Deco Dance held to farewell her in the Gordonton hall last Saturday.
“Everyone who came dressed up, the dancing was amazing, the two piece band the best. Just the right amount of people, not too sparse or too crowded. Sally Ann and the St Mary’s team decorated the hall beautifully. Everyone who came just loved the experience.”
Archbishop David Moxon was delivered to the dance in a London taxi, with his guests all dressed in the Art Deco theme.
Rosemary was presented with a special recognition certificate and a Diocesan Crest, which she says was a great honour.
The next day she gave her final service at a packed St Mary’s Church.
“This was very special farewell, and not too many tears. They presented me with a gorgeous metal church birdhouse for the vicarage garden and I planted a kowhai in St Mary’s grounds.
“My blessing was that by the time the tree reaches maturity 20 years from now, that so will St Mary’s be a solid and mature parish in the heart of Gordonton, with its own vicarage, office and hospitality space for the existing chapel.”