Wakefield Cathedral prepares to re-open

Wakefield Cathedral will shortly re-open to the public after a year's worth of renovation work comes to an end.

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Song celebrates the restoration of Wakefield Cathedral

Pamela Greener, the wife of the Dean of Wakefield has written a song to celebrate the opening of Wakefield Cathedral's new nave. The £3 million project nearly didn't happen after the chancellor added VAT to restoration work on historic building last year.

Pamela wrote a series of ditties attacking George Osbourne's tax which all became internet sensations. The government eventually extended the relief to churches and work continued. The newly restored nave will be open to the public on Saturday.


VAT Ditty performed in London

Pamela Greener, wife of the Dean of Wakefield, performs her Big Society Buildings VAT Ditty with the famous St Bride's Choir, in St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London EC4. She was campaigning for people to sign a petition to stop zero rated VAT on listed buildings being scrapped.

Wakefield Cathedral's new nave

Wakefield Cathedral will re-open to the public on March 23 Credit: ITV News

Work on Wakefield Cathedral's nave has been completed after a year of renovation work.

The Dean, the Very Revd Jonathan Greener, said: "I am thrilled. The finished nave looks more beautiful than I thought possible. Clearing away the Victorian pews and clutter has revealed a glorious medieval space in which I have found my heart is truly lifted towards heaven. "

The cathedral nave will re-open to the public on March 23.


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