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St Albans Cathedral Clergy Take to the Catwalk

Fri, 18 January 2013

Clergy take to the Catwalk at St Albans Cathedral for Residents First Weekend

On Saturday 26th January, the clergy of St Albans Cathedral will take part in an Ecclesiastical Catwalk featuring the Cathedral's beautiful vestments. Visitors will find out all about the origins and significance of these religious garments, and have a rare opportunity to see their exquisite embroidery close up.

purple- vestmentsThe Catwalk takes place twice on Saturday at 11.00 and 14.00, in the Lady Chapel. Please note the correction to the time advertised in the Residents First brochure. Also on display during the weekend will be some of the Copes, including the Alban Cope worn by Deans of St Albans. Members of the Cathedral's Textile Guild will be on hand to explain the repair and conservation of these magnificent pieces of history.

Canon Kevin Walton said, "This is a rare opportunity to see the Cathedral's textile heritage and learn about their significance. We have a busy program of events for Residents First weekend and are looking forward to welcoming everyone."

As well as the Ecclesiastical Catwalk, visitors can enjoy exciting Tower Tours, climbing 193 steps, winding through narrow, medieval staircases and passageways to the roof of the Norman Tower - vouchers available from the Residents First Information Point, on a first come, first served basis.

Younger visitors can explore the building on a specially themed family trail, picking up clues around the Cathedral and taking part in fun activities.

St Albans and Herts Architectural and Archaeological Society will be exhibiting material from the society’s library and photographs by Richard Darnell with their “St Albans Seen and Unseen” exhibition in the North Transept.

For full details and times of events go to: www.stalbanscathedral.org/news or call 01727 860780.

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