Cathedral heritage event Feb 2015

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undefinedChester Cathedral held a networking evening for business and tourism stakeholders at the end of last month (February 2016). The South Transept hosted Italian chef Francesco Gotti, and some chefs from the cathedral's own refectory, to cook pasta and canapes for the visitors.

Nick Fry, the cathedral’s Bedesman, spoke to the gathering about the importance of Chester Cathedral to the city’s key tourism and heritage businesses.

A Bedesman is an historic Church post, dating back to pre-Reformation times. The Bedesman’s duties, going back centuries, involved prayer sessions three times a day. Mr Fry’s contemporary role involves looking after visitors to the cathedral.

Since the cathedral abolished its admission charge a few years ago, Mr Fry said, the number of visitors had gone up by some 300 per cent.

The cathedral has in recent times developed its value as a focus for cultural heritage and visitors in Chester. 

There are increasing numbers of concerts held there. On Saturday 16 April the Halle Orchestra will perform, for instance.

And the Cathedral at Height visitor attraction (involving views from the top of the tower) has proved very popular.

As well as the major display of the ‘Golgotha’ sculptures of David Mach between 18 March and 1 May other major are displays are being planned. 

The cathedral also offers the chance for visitors to see some spectacular birds of prey. Owls, falcons, hawks and a vulture called Tinker, are tended by falconers Tommy McNally and Sophie Pegg. The falconry attraction is open seven days a week. 

Tommy and Sophie, and Grace the golden eagle, were all at the networking event held on February 26. They feature, along with NIck Fry, in our TOP PICTURE

BELOW, the visitors mingle, look at attractions and enjoy food and wine at the networking event held last month