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MajorGeneralMartinWhiteresizedA Civic Service was held at Newport Minster on Sunday (4th September) to mark the civic duties of the Isle of Wight Council.

Prior to the service, the chairman of the council, Councillor Charles Chapman was joined by dignitaries at Newport Guildhall before taking part in a traditional procession led by the council’s mace bearer, into Newport Minster.

The service was taken by Reverend Kevin Arkell who led prayers and hymns for a congregation including the chairman of the council and councillors along with the Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight and a number of deputy lieutenants, the High Sheriff, MP and representatives from a wide range of Island organisations, from the emergency services to youth charities.

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Councillor Charles Chapman, chairman of the Isle of Wight Council, said:

“I would like to thank Reverend Arkell for leading the service which offered prayer and guidance for the Isle of Wight Council as it carries out its duty to Island residents.”

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