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Paralympian opens cathedral shop

Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson opens a new shop and accessible foyer at Durham Cathedral.

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Paralympic champion backs accessible Durham Cathedral

11 times Paralympics champion Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson today officially unveils a new shop and accessible entrance foyer to Durham Cathedral.

The new facilities have transformed the cathedral's medieval Undercroft. For the first time in 100 years, all 13 bays of the Undercroft will be visible to the public.

The new foyer will make it easier for visitors who cannot manage steps to move around the cathedral, cutting walking distances.

"We are delighted that Baroness Thompson accepted our invitation to open the Shop and new accessible Foyer. In a year when the achievements of disabled athletes have been at the fore, it is appropriate that someone who has championed disabled rights, and who is such an inspiration to others, is able to join us to celebrate this completed phase of Open Treasure."

– The Very Rev Michael Sadgrove, Dean of Durham

The work is part of the 'Open Treasure' project, which involves significant work to improve access to a building designed to meet the needs of 16th century monks.

The new Cathedral shop will offer a 10% discount to visitors on Saturday 3 November.

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