Quartet notch up more than 170 years of service with the congregation of Holy Trinity Parish Church.

THE remarkable long service record of four Ilfracombe church members was celebrated at a special event on Sunday.

Presentations to the quartet, who have clocked up more than 170 years’ service between them, were made at a hog roast in the Vicarage garden following the patronal festival service ay Holy Trinity Parish Church.

Terry Hellier was celebrating 70 years as a member of the choir he joined when aged just five-years-old, while his son Simon was rewarded for notching up 20 years as the church organist.

Choirmaster Nick Pedlar and verger Reg Spurway were both marking 40 years in their respective roles.

The four were congratulated by priest-in-charge the Reverend Robert Harris, who handed them gifts on behalf o the parish.

Father Robert conducted the Trinity Sunday service and the preacher was Prebendary John pedlar, Nick’s brother. The choir of men and boys sang Elgar’s Ave Verum and Stanford’s Te Deum.

Composer David Thorne was also in the church to hear the choir sing his Mass of St Thomas.