A NEW Boy Bishop officially took on the role at a service held at Salisbury Cathedral at the weekend.

Peter Folkes, 12, who is head chorister of Salisbury Cathedral Choir, assumed the role during Evensong. The Bishop of Salisbury Nicholas Holtam gave his staff and ring to Peter, who was dressed in replica bishop’s regalia, and installed him on his throne.

As Boy Bishop, Peter led the prayers, blessed the congregation and received the collection, as well as writing and delivering the sermon.

Canon Precentor Tom Clammer said: “Peter spoke in his sermon about the importance of listening to one another, which is something that the church, just as much as the world, needs to remember and take seriously.”