Royal honour as Peterborough Cathedral reopens West Front Porch

The Duke of Gloucester.

The Duke of Gloucester.

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A royal seal of approval is to be given to Peterborough Cathedral’s new look West Front Porch.

The Duke of Gloucester has been invited to attend the dedication and opening of the porch on April 23.

The ceremony marks the completion of phase one of the major heritage and education project currently underway at the cathedral.

Peterborough Cathedral spokeswoman

Following a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new entrance, a service will take place inside the cathedral.

The works to the porch involve the installation of glazed doors to create a more welcoming entrance at the West Front of the cathedral plus landscaping work to create a level and safer access for visitors.

A cathedral spokeswoman said: “The opening ceremony marks the completion of phase one of the major heritage and education project currently underway at the cathedral.

“The project, entitled Letting It Speak for Itself, is supported by a £2.4 million Heritage Lottery Fund and aims to increase access to the cathedral’s life and heritage.”

The ceremony will take place at noon and the cathedral will be closed to visitors from 8am to 2.15pm.

The spokeswoman added: “Although the service is by invitation only for security reasons, the Cathedral Precincts will remain open to pedestrians and members of the public are welcome to watch the Duke and his party as they make their way to the West Front for the ceremony.”