Just before last Friday's concert the Cathedral was presented with a Marque of Excellence for welcome, awarded by the North West Multi-Faith Tourism Association. The Marque is awarded to places of worship "that reach a standard of excellence in welcoming visitors. These places of worship share their cultural heritage and collections with the community and visitors alike" (from the Asscoiation's website). The award is made in recognition of the fact that the Cathedral is open to visitors every day, and that displays interpreting the building are always present for visitors to see. It also recognises the work that has been done to encourage more people to visit the Cathedral. Pictured above (left to right) are Malcolm Stonestreet, Chair of the Association; Bishop Patrick, who received the award on behalf of the Cathedral; and Mike Wilkinson, Chief Executive of the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board.