THE new Dean of Blackburn has said he is ‘overjoyed and excited’ after taking up his new role.

Canon Peter Howell-Jones was installed at a service at Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday.

The 55-year-old dad-of-four was previously the Vice-Dean of Chester Cathedral and will succeed The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong.

In his new role, as well as taking overall charge of the cathedral, the Very Rev Howell-Jones will be a key member of the Diocesan Bishop’s Leadership Team.

The Very Rev Howell-Jones, was born in Liverpool. He said: “It’s an amazing feeling of joy and excitement taking over the new role.

“It was lovely to see so many people come from across the area to the service here today.

“I’m looking forward to playing a part in this beautiful town, when you look around.

“I’m a Lancashire lad, so I’m pleased to be coming back home.”

The mayor of Burnley, Cllr Jeff Sumner, was one of many who turned out to see the new dean installed.

The new dean was chosen via a special appointment panel chaired by Jack Straw, former MP for Blackburn.


The Very Rev Howell-Jones said that he is looking forward to what the role has to offer and meeting people across the area in the months to come.

He added that it is now the time to listen to people to deal with which issues need addressing first in the area.

He said: “The big thing for me now is to listen to people to find out what they think the issues are.

“I will be speaking with people across the Diocese to play my part to bring about change and support for people in the town.

“This should then help continue the great work already taking place.”

Rt Rev Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn, said: “I am delighted to welcome Peter as our next dean and I look forward to working closely with him. He brings a great deal of experience to the role.

“As well as looking forward to a new era under his leadership at Blackburn Cathedral, Peter will also be a key member of the Bishop’s Leadership Team.”