My friend and colleague Bill Hall, who has died aged 77, was the first arts and recreation chaplain in the north-east of England, chaplain to the Showmen’s Guild, senior chaplain to the Actors’ Church Union charity and chaplain to several cabaret clubs on Teesside and to Middlesbrough FC.

He inspired and was responsible for the installation in 1996 at Durham Cathedral, where he was honorary canon, of Bill Viola’s artwork The Messenger, a looped video in which a naked man underwater surfaces once for breath. This, he believed, is a work that gives us a glimpse of mystery through the everyday. It has since been shown internationally and is now in the Tate collection.

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