14 September 2015
The Parish of Louth celebrated the 500th anniversary of St James’ church spire in style this weekend, climaxing with a spectacular fireworks display launched from the church.
A service of celebration was held on Sunday morning, where members of the congregation were joined by a number of visitors – including a special group from Williamsberg, Virginia, whose visit reflected the long links between Louth and the eastern states of the USA.
The service was a celebration of the church’s long history. The Bishop of Grimsby preached a sermon that placed the church at the centre of the community, and rededicated the spire as the crowning glory of a building that has long been at the centre of Louth.
After the service, guests made their way into St James’, where bells were rung - pealing out over the town’s Victorian market.
In the evening, the choir of St James’ led a service of Festal Evensong, where the Rector of Louth, the Revd Nick Brown, said that the church was not only a place of prayer, but also a place where people try to serve the needs of the wider community. The music continued into the evening, with performances from a local recorder group, together with Morris dancing on Westgate and concluding with a magnificent fireworks display.