A CONGREGATION made up of ex-Anglicans has welcomed four new converts to Catholicism.

They were received into the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, whose Darlington group is based at St Osmund's Church, at Gainford, and brings the total number of new converts so far this year to nine.

Father Ian Grieves welcomed Brenda Shaw, Heather Baker, Glenn Blowfield and Rev Ian Westby, a former traditional Anglican communion priest.

Fr Grieves said: “The sense of occasion was heightened by the choice of music - Gounod's Messe du Sacré Coeur dé Jesus; Brahms’ How lovely are thy dwellings fair; and Elgar’s Imperial March.”

Celebratory drinks and a parish lunch followed in Gainford Village Hall for the candidates, their families and the congregation.