THE Bishop of Doncaster has announced his retirement after 11 years in the role.
The Right Rev Cyril Ashton will retire next year, he has confirmed.
Bishop Cyril said: "The timing of retirement requires some thought but both my wife and I feel that next summer will be the right time to move on.
"I have no doubt that others might think it is high time I rode off into the sunset. I am looking forward to new challenges and opportunities after being Bishop of Doncaster. It has been a huge pleasure to serve the Church in South Yorkshire".
There will be a farewell service for Bishop Cyril on July 13, 2011, at Doncaster Minster.
Bishop Cyril was previously a vicar in Lancaster and director of training for the Diocese of Blackburn before moving to Doncaster.
Dr Steven Croft, the Bishop of Sheffield, said: "It has been a privilege to benefit from Cyril's wisdom over many years."