HUNDREDS of people attended a service in memory of an "inspirational" Witham vicar.
The service was held on Monday night at a packed St Nicolas Church in Chipping Hill, Witham. More than 500 people attended, many of whom were forced to stand.
The Bishop of Colchester, Christopher Morgan, led prayers, while the Bishop of Chelmsford was also in attendance and the Reverend Simon Garwood preached to the congregation.
"We got as many chairs in as we possibly could but some people still had to stand," said Rev Garwood.
"We estimate it to be well over 500 people – maybe even 550 – and a lot of people from John's previous parish also turned up.
"A lot of people were upset but it was a very good service and very fitting for such a good man." Read more