A NEW bishop will make a piece of ecclesiastical history later this month – when he has three official enthronements in the same week.

The Right Reverend Nick Baines is the bishop of the newly-created Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales and he officially takes office next week.

But there will be three separate cathedral enthronements – in Wakefield on July 15, Bradford on July 17 followed by Ripon on July 20.

The latter will take place at 3pm, when civic, community leaders and local dignitaries will be joined by the Bishops of Kurunagula and Colombo, representing the diocese’s link with Sri Lanka.

Bishop Nickwill take his oaths on the historic Ripon Bible, dated 1260, and the city’s hornblower will sound the Ripon Horn to mark the new bishop taking his seat.