Truro Cathedral to mark 125th anniversary
The 125th anniversary of one of the most significant events in Truro's history – the opening of its cathedral – is to be marked by a day of celebration and prayer.
Dominating the city skyline since 1887, the Gothic-style place of worship was officially opened to its congregation in November of that year. It was the first cathedral to be built on a new site since 1220.
Exactly 125 years later – on November 3 – a celebration party will be held in the nave, with food and a range of free entertainment on offer.
As well as bunting, balloons and birthday cake, there will be free art and craft activities, bell ringing, sewing, education, music and history trails for children. The event runs from 11am until 3pm, when the Bishop of Truro, the Right Reverend Tim Thornton, will lead a family Songs of Praise.
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The Dean of Truro, the Very Reverend Roger Bush, said: "We are really looking forward to celebrating the 125th anniversary by having a day of fun and thanksgiving.
"The cathedral was built by and for the people of Cornwall and we are keen to ensure that the building and all that it signifies is there for everyone, not just for moments of spiritual and religious significance, but for fun and fellowship as well."
A congregation of 2,500 packed into the cathedral for a consecration service on November 3, 1887 – seven years after its foundation stone was laid. Among them were the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII), the Archbishop of Canterbury and 17 bishops. It was a historic moment for the Church of England because no new Anglican cathedral had been built since the time of Henry III.