– Mrs Annabelle Boyes, Receiver General of Winchester Cathedral
Clearly we are very disappointed by what has happened, especially as the Deanery Book Sale raises valuable funds to support the education for four of our Boy Choristers from generous donations of books given by many people throughout the year, and has done so since it was launched by a band of volunteers led by the previous Dean’s wife, Tessa Till, some twelve years ago, and this tradition is carried on by the current residents of The Deanery. It is, of course, a great relief that nobody was harmed in the incident.
The ice rink at Winchester had to be evacuated last night when a series of fires broke out across the city. A bin was set alight and pushed through a shop window while a box of books was destroyed near the Cathedral.