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Lincoln Cathedral's improvement plans

Lincoln Cathedral is applying for £10m from the Heritage Lottery Fund in the hope of making the building more attractive to tourists.

There are plans to improve visitor facilities with an upgraded restaurant, a new learning centre, landscaping outside and the creation of mobile and computer applications for people to use inside.

The whole project is expected to cost around 12 million pounds. Kate Hemingway reports.

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Lincoln Jubilee festival

Hundreds of schoolchildren are spending the day at Lincoln Cathedral for an eight day festival which is this year celebrating both the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games.

Paul Thompson is the Acting Diocesan Director of Education and has organised this year's festival. He has been explaining what the aim of the eight day celebration is and how much he enjoys seeing the children arrive and experience the Cathedral for the first time.

Cathedral: It is wonderful to see children enjoying themselves

The Church Schools Festival is a very special occasion where so many children can experience the beauty of Lincoln Cathedral. It is wonderful to see the cathedral alive with children enjoying themselves, joining together to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics, and realising just how wonderful it is to be part of the church school family. My sincerest gratitude goes to all who have made this possible in the Diocesan and Cathedral staffs, as well as the army of volunteers who work so hard to ensure this is a truly memorable event."

– Acting Diocesan Director of Education, Paul Thompson

Hundreds of schoolchildren visit Lincoln Cathedral

Hundreds of schoolchildren have spent the day visiting Lincoln Cathedral at the start of an eight day festival which is this year celebrating both the diamond jubilee and the forthcoming olympic games.

Activities including beekeeping, fabric-painting, bell-ringing, stonemasonry and stained-glass window-making are being demonstrated.

Over the entire festival more than 2700 youngsters from across the Lincoln diocese will travel to the cathedral, many for the first time. While there they will also be given a tour of the building and take part in an act of worship.

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