Hundreds of people gathered at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Easter Sunday to say farewell to their Bishop.
The Rt Rev Dr David Thomson, Acting Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich for the last 18 months, preached at the Easter service at the cathedral, in Bury, on the last day of his post.
He will return to his ongoing role as Bishop of Huntingdon as well as taking up a national post chairing the Church of England’s central group looking at developing church schools across the country.
The Very Revd Dr Frances Ward, Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, said: “Bishop David and his wife Jean have been with us since October 2013 – and in 18 months – 18 short months they have made a real impact.
“With great sensitivity and understanding they have got to know us as individuals and as a Church. They have shown love and deep pastoral concern for us, whether clergy or laity.”
He was appointed interim bishop following the appointment of the Rt Revd Nigel Stock as Bishop at Lambeth.
The Rev Canon Martin Seeley will be enthroned as the new Bishop for the Diocese on June 20.
Bishop David said: ““People have said that they have appreciated the times when I have been able to give a pastoral and personal touch to my role.
“I will miss the people of Suffolk and Jean and I have made some good friends here.”