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Service to Commemorate Lord William Beveridge

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, preached at a service to give thanks for the life of Lord William Beveridge on the fiftieth anniversary of his death.
Lord Beveridge's two surviving step-grandsons, Mr George Gwilt and Mr David Burn, who serves as Lay Chair of Thockrington's Parochial Church Council and as a Churchwarden of the neighbouring church of St Giles, Birtley, were also present.

Dr Sentamu has often referred to the importance of Beveridge’s 1942 report "Social Insurance and Allied Services", which led to the introduction of the welfare state and the National Health Service by the post-war Attlee Government.

The service took place at the 900-year-old Church of St Aidan, Thockrington, Northumberland, where Beveridge is buried.