Robin Hood's Bay, on the rocky Yorkshire coast, is an old fishing village isolated by sea and moor. Picturesque houses climb crazily up a steep cliff. Saint Stephen's Church, at the top of the cliff, is one of the centers of community life for most of the 800 villagers. There they go for a crowded weekly calendar of services, whist drives, community sings, jumble (rummage) sales and church dances. There, since 1944, tall, sturdy Rev. Arthur Patrick has presided over his flock. Until last month, few in Robin Hood's Bay knew what a blight had been eating away at...

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