Saturday, 26 September 2009

Lancaster Unlocked

Just before St Thérèse takes over the Cathedral (and indeed this blog!) on Monday, there is time for a couple of final events connected with the Cathedral's 150th anniversary, which is now just eight days away. Around the Cathedral there are several memorials like the one above; these plaques ask prayers for those who helped to pay for the church to be built. This afternoon you can meet actors playing some of those famous Lancaster names (the Coulstons, Daltons, Whitesides) at a Heritage Tea Party in the Cathedral Library. It starts at 2pm (£2.50 charge). Also today, 1:30-4pm, you can climb to the choir loft to 'Meet the Organ' - come and see the new console and find out how the organ works (free). These events take place as part of 'Lancaster Unlocked', which is taking place across the city this weekend. More details here.

Also today, to mark the 150th anniversary, a full peal of bells will be rung starting at 2pm. The full peal lasts about 3 hours, and is only very rarely rung in Lancaster. Good luck to all the bellringers who are in action today. While all this happens work will continue to prepare the Cathedral for the arrival of St Thérèse on Monday. The reliquary reached Salford Cathedral yesterday afternoon, the final major stop before it arrives in Lancaster. We hope to provide extensive coverage of the relics' visit on this blog from tomorrow - keep calling in! In the meantime, see some of the latest images on our dedicated St Thérèse blog, here.