Louise Allain, 18th November 2013
Lily, who died in November 2011, had been a vital part of the local community and the parish church of Trimdon's St Mary Magdalene, for over 50 years,
Cherie Blair travelled to Darlington on Saturday 16th November to attend a service that paid tribute to the late Lily Burton, wife of John Burton, Tony Blair's former constituency agent. Lily died aged 71 in November 2011, having been a vital part of the parish of St Mary Magdalene in Trimdon for over 50 years, playing the organ, arranging flowers and being a parochial, church councillor.
In tribute to her faithful service, the parish of St Mary Magdalene have raised funds to place a memorial window, based around the evening prayer, and canticle to Our Lady, The Magnificat, which is a fitting design for Lily who played the organ for this chant at evensong, for many years.
The Bishop of Jarrow who attended the dedication service said in his sermon that he felt that the window was a good memorial for a woman like Lily who had enriched the parish church by her hard work and commitment.
When asked about her attendance at the service, Cherie said:
"I was pleased to return to Trimdon where we lived as a family for 24 years whilst Tony was MP for Sedgefield, and to honour our old friend Lily Burton."