Portsmouth Cathedral gets almost £600,000 for restoration work

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PORTSMOUTH Cathedral has won more than half a million pounds of funding to restore parts of the building.

Culture secretary Sajid Javid was in Portsmouth today to make the announcement.

Portsmouth Cathedral. Picture: Gordon Blackman

Portsmouth Cathedral. Picture: Gordon Blackman

The cathedral, in High Street, Old Portsmouth, will get £594,783 of an £8m pot of government funding called the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund.

Work is due to begin next April and the money will be spent on repairing the tower and the south transept, which have been badly damaged by flooding.

Dean David Brindley said: ‘The tower was presiding over thousands of troops as they left for the First World War and the Second World War.

‘It was the last thing they saw when leaving this country, so it’s quite fitting for the repairs to happen.

‘The tower has been badly damaged due to the weather.

‘The tower has the bulk of the damage to it, work will begin next Easter and will go on for up to five months.

‘People will see the scaffolding up there.’

Mr Javid visited Portsmouth yesterday, where he announced how much the cathedral would receive.

He said: ‘This is a beautiful cathedral and plays an important role in the community.

‘Our heritage in this country is precious and unique.

‘We need to do all we can to protect it for future generations.

‘This round of grants will ensure that even more of our magnificent and awe-inspiring cathedrals can complete urgent and much needed repairs, so they can continue to play a huge role in the communities they serve.’

In total 31 cathedrals received funding for repairs.

Another round of bidding for funding will take place next January.

During his visit, Mr Javid was also shown the Cathedral Innovation Centre.

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