Take York Minster and the £5.2m still needed to repair the historic St Cuthbert’s Window – time is not on the side of this magnificent masterpiece if it is to be preserved and restored.
But the absence of congregations, coupled with the decision to make 55 staff redundant, shows the extent to which even York Minster, a symbol of hope, has not been immune from Covid’s many consequences. As such, it is hoped benefactors do come forward and the appointment of the Prince of Wales as the patron of the York Minster Fund is timely.
Not only is the Church of England integral to his Royal roles, but both Yorkshire – and the promotion of the craftsmanship and specialist skills needed to preserve iconic buildings – are causes that he has championed previously and can be counted upon to do so again.
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