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Maddy birthday to you

by Paul Wilkinson

NOT MANY men, even a soon-to-retire country priest, can say that the folk-rock icon Maddy Prior gave them personal 65th birthday concert.

But on Friday, the Revd Chris­topher Cowper, Rector of St Michael and All Angels at Barningham, near Barnard Castle in Co. Durham, sat in the front pew of his own packed church to hear the singer perform for him.

“I used to think that when you got past the age of eight or nine, you just get socks or ties. So when your ...

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