BURNLEY'S bishop is appealing for help – after losing his mitre.

The Bishop of Burnley the Rt Rev John Goddard, misplaced his headwear in one of the dozens of churches he visits in his role for the Diocese of Blackburn.

Although he has several mitres, he said the white one lost is special to him as he wears it when parishioners are confirmed.

Bishop John said: “I lost it in one of the many churches I visit and it’s yet to turn up.

"I am particularly anxious to get this one back as it was used in special services when people are confirmed.

“I have had it for ten years and I would really like to have it for another ten years.”

Bishop John believes it could have been tidied away into a cupboard by church workers.

Although he regularly visits churches in London, he is convinced it is somewhere in Lancashire and has urged anyone with information to come forward.