The States bid Dean farewell

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TRIBUTES were paid to the Dean in the States Chamber yesterday during his last sitting before he leaves the role and returns to the UK.

The Very Rev Bob Key is leaving the Island after 11½ years to become part of a team developing a new strategy for mission and evangelism for the diocese of Bath and Wells.

And yesterday, after speeches from the Deputy Bailiff Tim Le Cocq and St Clement Constable Len Norman thanking Mr Key for his service, the Dean delivered his final address to the Assembly.

Mr Key said: 'God bless this Assembly and this Island in all the years to come.

'I want to thank the Members who have been such good friends – the conversations in the coffee room, the conversations over lunches or shared glasses of wine. It has been an immense privilege to serve as Her Majesty's Dean.

'I am also aware that people have quietly and unobtrusively, in moments of difficulty or joy, sought a conversation and generously shared of themselves with me. I also want to say that that has been a two-way street.'

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