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The church is a 'sign of hope' in 'our anxious age' says the Dean of Truro Cathedral

The Dean of Truro Cathedral. Photo: ITV News

The Dean of Truro Cathedral has told ITV News that the increase in his congregation at Christmas is like the swell of Cornwall's population during the summer months.

There's something about this time of year which is especially atmospheric and special and that attracts so many more people not just in cathedrals but up and down our parishes with carol services and school services and so on. We have about from the end of November to our wonderful pet service which is just after christmas about 10,000 more people will come to the cathedral for a concert or a service than at any other time during the year.

– The Very Revd Roger Bush, Dean of Truro Cathedral
10,000 more people come to the Cathedral during the festive season than at any other time of the year. Credit: ITV News

The reason for this, he says, is because at Christmas the relevance of the church and its place in people's lives is laid out.

Whether for a church service or carol concert, Christmas is when the most people walk through the doors of Truro Cathedral.

Truro Cathedral at Christmas. Credit: ITV News

The Very Revd Roger Bush's message this December is not just for Christmas, but all year round.