The Reverend Richard Coles has retired from his Parish in Finedon Northamptonshire after eleven years. On Sunday 24th April he took his last service where a large congregation turned out to say goodbye. He was formally a member of the eighties pop group the Communards who had a No.1 hit with Don't Leave Me This Way.

We wish him all the best in his retirement, he will be a hard act to follow.

A peal was specially arranged and rung after his last service and a new method was rung and named Don't Leave Me This Way Delight Major. This also happened, by coincidence, to be the 150th recorded peal in the tower.

Peterborough Diocesan Guild

Finedon, Northamptonshire
St Mary the Virgin
Sunday, 24 April 2022 in 3h 13 (21–2–23 in D)
5056 Don't Leave Me This Way Delight Major
Composed by Richard I Allton (No 2752)
1 Robert M Wood
2 Nicholas R Wilson
3 Simon J Dixon
4 James F Thorpe
5 Toby A Bence
6 Paul M Mason
7 A John Stanworth
8 Richard I Allton (C)
A compliment to the Rev. Richard Coles, Vicar of Finedon, following his last service here, and wishing him a happy retirement.
150th peal in the tower.
First peal in the method:
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The band with Rev. Richard Coles after the peal.

Kevan Chapman

Tower Captain