500th Angel Ascends in St Albans Cathedral

Ian Anderson signing an Alban Angel (c) Craig Shepheard

This week saw a special moment in St Albans Cathedral as the 500th angel ascended above the Quire in support of the Cathedral's public appeal, Alban's Angels.

The appeal, launched at the Alban Pilgrimage with the Archbishop of Canterbury, has helped to raise over £30,000 to date to support the Cathedral's significant development project, Alban, Britain's First Saint.

Individuals, schools, clubs, organisations and special guests, including Melvyn Bragg and Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, have signed up to the initiative and dedicated angels to friends and loved ones which can be seen by visitors on Angel Clouds above the Quire. The funds raised will help to transform the Cathedral for generations to come with a new welcome centre, learning centre and telling of Alban’s story, along with improved facilities and access for visitors.

The Dean of St Albans Cathedral, the Very Rev'd Jeffrey John, said, ‘Thank you to everyone who has joined Alban’s Angels. We have been overwhelmed by the support we have had, locally, nationally and even internationally, and visitors to the Cathedral and our website have enjoyed seeing the clouds of Angels as they have grown. To have reached our 500th Angel is outstanding. Your support will help us share the story of St Alban and St Albans Cathedral much more effectively in the future. Thank you.’

The Alban's Angels appeal closes shortly but if you would like to support it and dedicate an angel you can do so at until 9th February when the angel clouds will descend. The angels will be available for collection from the Cathedral during March. Fundraising efforts for Alban, Britain's First Saint continue, however - to find out more about the project and how you can help go to

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