Fifty golden years for Father Gott

Father John Gott being presented with a pianting by local artist Louie Benoit

Father John Gott being presented with a pianting by local artist Louie Benoit

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It was a golden moment for priest Father John Gott when he celebrated his golden jubilee as a parish priest at the Good Shepherd Church, Mytholmroyd.

On June 12, Father Gott celebrated 50 years of priesthood with a Jubilee Mass at the church, where he was joined by a number of fellow clergy with whom he has been associated for many years.

The 200 strong congregation was made up of his relatives, friends and parishioners not only from the upper Calder Valley, but also from other parishes he has served in the Diocese of Leeds. Visitors included those from the German City of Aachen, twinned with Halifax for many years. During his years of priesthood Father Gott has been a strong supporter of the Aachen-Calderdale link.

On the evening of Sunday, June 14, Father Gott’s jubilee weekend was brought to a fitting close by a brass band concert given by the Hebden Bridge Band.

The performance was the Heritage Concert, part of the band’s concert season.