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Lichfield Mercury: £800,000 Cathedral rewiring and lighting grant announced during visit by church commissioner

2 April 2015

Pictured (from left) Michael Fabricant MP, Adrian Dorber Dean of Lichfield Cathedral, Sir Tony Baldry, Becky Clark senior cathedrals officer, Church of England, Robert Kilgour the Cathedral architect and lighting designer Bruce Kirk

An £800,000 grant to replace the wiring and install new lighting in Lichfield Cathedral was announced by Sir Tony Baldry, representing the Church Commissioners during a visit to the city yesterday (Wednesday April 1).

Sir Tony told Friends of the Cathedral “The decision by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to award £20 million to English Cathedrals came about specifically because of the dire straits of Lichfield which might have had to close if the rewiring did not go ahead. It is therefore fitting that Lichfield Cathedral has received the largest individual grant of £800,000.” Sir Tony Baldry also praised Michael Fabricant “It was Michael’s relentless questioning in the House of Commons which also kept up the pressure on the Treasury and the Chancellor to award this grant.”

Michael Fabricant says: “Regardless of whether you are an Anglican, a Muslim, Jewish, or of no religion, our Cathedral plays an important part in the life of our City. It would have been unthinkable if it were to have closed and it would have had dire effects on the economy and artistic life of the area.”

The lighting and rewiring will be completed within 12 months.