Supporters of the Friends of York Minster gathered at the Queen’s Path, at York Minster, yesterday to celebrate the charity’s 90th anniversary. The ceremony saw its chairman, Graeme Robertson, plant a cherry tree beside the path in recognition of the milestone. The group was set up by Lionel George Bridges Justice Ford, a former Dean of York, in 1928.
Meg Shorland-Ball, the charity’s honorary secretary, said: “The Friends continue to uphold Dean Ford’s aims and aspirations. Today we have over 2,000 members who get involved in a busy programme of outings, lectures, social events and holidays.
“The organising is done by one part-time member of staff and a team of volunteers who love the building and being involved with like-minded people.
“The organisation would not run without these dedicated volunteers.”
The group has funded a range of projects at the Minster, including providing a grant of £205,000 this year to preserve a 14th century window.