And now for something completely different! This morning the fire brigade visited the Cathedral. Fortunately there was no fire, nor was it one of those slightly embarrasing (but thankfully rare) occasions when the fire alarm is set off by incense - although incense was used at Mass today. Today they came as part of a safety awareness campaign being run by the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. They met with people (particularly the elderly) after Mass to give out free advice on fire prevention and smoke alarms. It is good that services such as the fire brigade sometimes turn to the Church as a focal point for the local community. It also provided opportunity for some of our youngest parishioners to have a close-up look at the fire engine, which caused a certain amount of excitement!