Big win for cathedral

Wakefield cathedral
Wakefield cathedral

A LOTTERY win was being celebrated at Wakefield Cathedral this week.

More than £1.5m was awarded to the cathedral by the Heritage Lottery Fund towards it’s transformation scheme Project 2013.

The grand plans, which include underfloor heating and plush new seats, were revealed back in March 2005.

Since then, cathedral officials have been trying to raise the £5m needed to get the work done, which they hope will turn the medieval landmark into a thriving tourist attraction.

The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Rev Jonathan Greener, said: “We are thrilled to receive this marvellous news from the HLF.

“We are looking forward to being able to reshape and revitalise this beautiful building, not just for worship, but for use by the whole community.

“We know it will put Wakefield on the map as a vital and vibrant cathedral city.”

As well as improved lighting, sound system and flooring, a glass atrium will be built as part of the scheme to link the cathedral building with neighbouring Treacy Hall.

Treacy Hall will house meeting and conference rooms, as well as a revitalised Deliciously Yorkshire-style cafe-bookshop.

The HLF uses money raised by the national lottery to sustain and transform a wide range of heritage from museums to cultural traditions, for future generations.

To date, the HLF has made 170 awards in Wakefield amounting to more than £22m.

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh, said: “This is wonderful news for Wakefield and the whole region.

“The money is a fantastic boost in the lead up to the cathedral and Wakefield’s 125th birthday celebrations in 2013.”

Project 2013, is expected to be finished that year to coincide with the celebration of 125 years of cathedral status.