Yate civic service launched with surprise gymnastic arrival

March 29 2015

GYMNASTS made an unexpected entrance at Yate Town Council’s civic service by walking up the aisle of St Mary’s Church on their hands.

Yate civic service launched with surprise gymnastic arrival

GYMNASTS made an unexpected entrance at Yate Town Council’s civic service by walking up the aisle of St Mary’s Church on their hands.
The surprise arrival by the King Edmund acro-gymnasts, who are based at Yate International Gymnastics Centre, was followed by a demonstration of their athletic skills.
The annual service is a thank-you to those people and organisations who give their time to help the town, care for the wider community and hold public office.
During the event, Yate councillors renewed their vows to serve the town and mayor Wully Perks invited a number of people and groups to the front of the church so their contributions to the community could be recognised.
They included representatives of the police, services, care homes and charities, local friends groups, doctors and undertakers.
Councillor Perks, who is coming to the end of his two years as mayor, chose for the service a theme of “I’ll never forget to say a great big thank you. I’ll never forget”.
He also named the Friends of Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre as his chosen charity of the evening, having been a patient there in 2012.
The service was led by Yate rector, the Rev Ian Wallace, assisted by team vicar, the Rev Iain Macfarlane.
Retired Methodist minister Hilary Cooke was the guest preacher and music was provided by the Yate Worship team, more than 40 members of Yate Choral Society – of which the mayor and his wife are members – and St Mary’s Primary School choir.
Former students of Brimsham Green School, with teacher Jo Hewitt, also spoke about a visit to Uganda, where they worked with youngsters in a remote and deprived school near Kampala.
Among the congregation was South Gloucestershire Council chairman, Howard Gawler, together with neighbouring parish leaders.