The retirement of Canon Frank Carless from his role as author of Weekend Thought (Courier, October 19) marks the end of an era for the Courier. For the last 25 years he has written his weekly column, presenting a fair and balanced Christian view on current affairs.
His followers have run into thousands and they will miss his gentle theological approach to life’s many twists and turns. Frank was appointed as a contributor by my predecessor and I inherited him when I became editor of the Courier in 1987. For the next 16 years we enjoyed an excellent relationship. No other contributor during that time matched his reliability and punctuality. His copy was always well written and delivered on time every week without fail. To the best of my knowledge he never missed a contribution (even if the Courier did forget to print his Weekend Thought on the odd occasions). Frank will be a hard act to follow. I hope his successor, the Rev Stephen Bradberry, can equal his record of longevity. Sadly, some of us won’t be around in 25 years to see it!
I was pleased to read Frank Carless’s item “A source of peace in times of change” (Courier, October 26). Frank’s articles have always been helpful to me and doubtless to others, because he has always related his articles to Jesus Christ, Who can bring about that which religion can never do. That is Salvation and peace in good times and bad.
When I read Frank Carless’s last column in Friday’s ‘Courier’, I felt overwhelmed with a mixture of sadness because he is retiring and gratitude for all that he has contributed over twenty five years. I want to let him know how very much he has been appreciated. His words of wisdom, truth and Christian love have been like a beacon of light for me and for others, I’m sure. He’s combined a strong faith with compassion, understanding and intelligence; always giving hope and making sense - bringing order out of chaos with his assurances that the spiritual truths are unchanging. His inspiring words have helped me so many times. Thank you Frank, and may God bless you always.
Mrs. Christine Jackson
We shall be the poorer for the retirement of Frank Carless. He suggested over the years so many worthwhile things to think about. His will be a hard act to follow.