Vicar retires after years of dedication

Rev Martin  Russell, retiring vicar of St Jude's Church, Halifax, with his wife Madeleine.

Rev Martin Russell, retiring vicar of St Jude's Church, Halifax, with his wife Madeleine.

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A Halifax vicar has bid farewell to the role he’s been performing for the last 13 years.

Martin Russel, 65, said he’d “reached that magical age” of retirement and now looks forward to a settled down future with his wife.

Martin, who retired as vicar of Holy Trinity and St Jude’s Church in Savile Park this week, spent most of his ministry in Wakefield Diocese and Huddersfield Parish Church after being ordained at Brighouse Parish Church aged 26.

He also spent seven years in Trinidad before returning to the UK to act as vicar of South Crosland where he remained for 15 years until the year 2000 when he began his most recent post.

Martin, whose father was also a vicar, said his time at St Jude’s saw him get actively involved with the Holy Trinity Primary School as well as with residential homes in the parish which he visited eight times a month.

“All that work will continue after I depart,” said Martin, who will relocate to Highroad Well and enjoy playing his bassoon.