Restored after being gutted by fire in an air raid in 1941, St. Patrick's Church at Woolstore Southampton, was re-opened on Saturday by the Bishop of Portsmouth.
The first High Mass was celebrated by the parish priest, Fr. Anthony Delete St. Patrick's is the first Southamnton church to be completely rebuilt after being blitzed. It was reduced to a shell only two years after being built. The congregation have been using the 40-year-old building nearby, which was a church until 1939. The new church seats about 400 people.