Hearing that his friend from college days, the Ven Peter Townley, was moving to the benefice of Ledsham with Fairburn stirred Bishop David Wilbourne’s memory.
Back in the long hot summer of 1966 when England won the World Cup, Archbishop of York Donald Coggan had the brilliant idea of twinning parishes in his diocese so they could learn good practice from each other. My dad was vicar of Aughton, Ellerton and East Cottingwith, ten miles east of the Ouse, and we were twinned with Fairburn, Ledston and Ledsham, ten miles west of the Ouse. Clearly someone at Bishopthorpe had used the Ouse as a mirror and simply twinned reflections.
Our parish had a coach trip to our twin one Sunday afternoon, in an ancient bus, shades of Pearce and Crump in the 1951 film, The Titfield Thunderbolt. Our bus was driven by Les, who normally harvested the kids from my dad’s parish to drive us to school in Bubwith. He had suffered a head injury in the garage workshop and was almost blind – health and safety and child protection was given a very low priority back then.