Churchgoers have celebrated the �1million refurbishment of their place of worship.

A rededication service with the Bishop of Stepney, the Rt Rev Adrian Newman, marked the redevelopment of St Augustine’s Church in Highbury New Park, Highbury.

Dozens attended the event, including a couple who married there 30 years ago and Thomas Collett-White who became vicar in 1969.

Vicar, the Rev Clive Main, said: “There was a lovely crowd of people from 40 years of St Augustine’s who enjoyed seeing each other again. They were absolutely delighted to see how the building has been modernised.

“We have had a year of massive disruption and upheaval, but everyone is amazed at the new church which just feels as useful as it could be and looks as beautiful as we could have dreamed.”

The church has a new toilet block and a revamped hall, with a new floor with underground heating.

Congregation members raised �450,000 for the project with the rest from church coffers. The church was closed for eight months with services held in Highbury Quadrant Primary School.

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Mr Main said: “It has been a quiet miracle. We now have a lovely big hall for children. We hope many people in the community will use the hall for rehearsals, performances and other events.”