A MUCH-ANTICIPATED event will return on Saturday, May 21 to Hexham Abbey.

Northumberland's Knights Templar will return to the historic Abbey at 11am.

Kevin Stannard, the Provincial Prior of the Provincial Priory of Northumberland said: "After a two year hiatus, due to coronavirus restrictions, Saturday will see the much anticipated return of Northumberland's Knights Templar to Hexham Abbey for their annual church service."

Hexham Courant: CHURCH: The Knights Templar service at Hexham Abbey in 2019CHURCH: The Knights Templar service at Hexham Abbey in 2019

The church service is held under the auspices of Northumberland's Provincial Priory, led by Kevin, who said: "It is a very important event in the Knights Templar's calendar. The service starts at 11am and is open to all, giving an opportunity to attend and witness a spectacle of up to 100 knights attired in full regalia."

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The Templars, fully entitled the United Religious Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple and of St. John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta, in England and Wales and Provinces Overseas, is a fraternal order which promotes chivalry and Christianity within a masonic framework.

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