Cathedral staff and volunteers were delighted to welcome over a thousand people to the annual Cathedral Open Evening on Tuesday 8 October.
The event began at 17:30 with a service of Evensong, and went on until 21:30.There was over 20 exhibitions and displays inside the Cathedral. Workshops were on hand and public participation was greatly encouraged, visitors had the opportunity to try their hand at a number of skilled crafts including applying gold leaf, carving stone and brass rubbing. The Crypt was adorned with memories of the recent enthronement, private chapels were open, free guided and audio tours were on offer and trips to the Bell tower, the organ loft, and the choir practice room were greeted with keen enthusiasm and wonder. This year we were honoured to welcome a visit from ‘Junior’ the Cathedral Harris Hawk, whose presence thrilled visitors and staff alike.
The evening paid tribute to the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral. Officially the oldest Cathedral fan club in the country, The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral was founded in 1927 by the distinguished scholar and poet Dean George Allen Kennedy Bell who later became Bishop of Chichester. The organisation was the first of its kind in the world!
Thank you to everyone who came to visit the Cathedral, the staff and volunteers who worked very hard to make sure that all the visitors had a wonderful evening. It is always a pleasure to see so many people trying their hand at some of the skilled crafts that preserve and protect this World Heritage Site
Lisa Emanuel Cathedral Spokesperson.