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RCN Centenary service in York

28 Sep 2016

VIP guests joined RCN members at a prestigious service at York Minster celebrating 100 years of nursing excellence.

A special centenary service was held at York Minster on Tuesday, 13 September, 2016.  The service of commemoration marked 100 years of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), founded in London back in 1916. 

The Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Barry Dodd CBE, along with the High Sheriff of York, Jonathan Tyler and the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Dave Taylor joined the President of the RCN, Cecilia Anim and Chief Executive and General Secretary Janet Davies, at the service and reception afterwards.   

Over 100 chief and senior nurses as well as RCN members attended the service. 

Commenting ahead of the service, Regional Director for the RCN in the Yorkshire and the Humber Region, Glenn Turp said: “Nurses have touched the lives of millions of people and made an enormous contribution to society so today’s event is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the service given by individual nurses and nursing as a whole to the country. 

“Along with civic and nursing leaders, I too will be saying thank you to each and every nurse that has made this the fantastic profession that it is today and for the dedicated care and compassion that nurses show day in and day out.   

“The RCN would also like to thank members of our North Yorkshire branch, Graham Lake and Roy Tomlinson, who were instrumental in arranging today’s event”. 

The choral evensong service was conducted by the Right Reverend Glyn Webster SRN, the Bishop of Beverley and a former nurse along with the Dean of York, the Very Reverend Dr Vivienne Frances Faull and the Chancellor of York, the Very Reverend Canon Dr Christopher Collingwood.  

For more information about the history of the RCN and our ongoing centenary celebrations please see our dedicated pages