Renowned author Lord Jeffrey Archer to speak at Peterborough Cathedral fundraiser

Peterborough Cathedral and Cathedral Precincts. Photo: Alan Storer

Peterborough Cathedral and Cathedral Precincts. Photo: Alan Storer

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Lord Jeffrey Archer and his wife Dame Mary Archer will be special guests at a fundraising dinner in the Nave of Peterborough Cathedral on Friday, June 5.

Two hundred and seventy guests at the prestigious event will hear first-hand from one of the UK’s most renowned contemporary authors and politicians when Lord Archer gives an after-dinner speech about his life and his books.

Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer

The guests include representatives of local companies as well as individuals who have travelled across the country to attend this unique occasion.

Also in attendance will be the new Mayor of Peterborough, Cllr John Peach, mayoress Janet Martin, MP Stewart Jackson and Lord Brian Mawhinney.

The Dean of Peterborough Charles Taylor said: “We are delighted to be holding this prestigious dinner in the Nave of the Cathedral. Over the centuries the Cathedral Nave has always been a place for the community; a place where the ordinary and the sacred can meet.”

Local law firm Hunt & Coombs are sponsors of the evening. CEO Andrew Thomson said: “As platinum members of the Peterborough Cathedral 900 Campaign we are committed to making the most of our opportunities to support the cathedral and have great pleasure in sponsoring this wonderful event.”

All proceeds from the evening, which will include an auction of donated lots, will go towards the Cathedral’s Peterborough 900 Campaign.

The campaign is raising funds leading up to the cathedral’s 900th Anniversary in 2018, with the aim of improving the facilities the cathedral can offer to local people and to the thousands of visitors who come here each year.

So far the cathedral has raised more than £6.7 million towards its £10 million target in 2018.

The amount raised to date includes £2.4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, part of which has been used to pay for the new level access and automatic glazed doors at the main entrance.

Future projects include:

. The Heritage and Education Centre - an impressive new visitor centre with classroom facilities located within buildings in the precincts (also supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund).

. The Cathedral and Community Music School - new music facilities including rehearsal rooms and teaching rooms in the precincts.

. Refurbishment of Laurel Court, an 18th century Grade I Listed building in the cloisters, formerly used by the school attended by Nurse Edith Cavell.