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Bradford Cathedral to mark 50th anniversary of dedication
8:00am Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
Bradford Cathedral is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 dedication of the East End of the building with a special service of thanks in November.
The original service 50 years ago was attended by 37 people – assistant architects, stonemasons, joiners, plumbers, plasterers, electricians among them – who built the extension.
They were: Stanley C Layfield and Gilbert A Keighley; B Kendall, M Booth, F Town, F Hoyle, J Jordan, A Beever, D Wardman, S Copplestone, J Lyons, A O’Hara, M Hussain; R Perkins, L Nichols, W Mackay and E Naylor; E Swaine, D Bennett, J Robinson, J Kaye, R Wilson, R Turner, A Weatherhead, J Ashall, M Micklefield, D Caygill, D Lawn, M Ozanne; K Shackleton, T W Firth, P Wilkinson, G Wilson, R Gillings, P Cleary and C Jones.
Canon Sam Corley, who is organising the event, said: “We would like to invite back as many of them as are still alive and able to come on November 3.”
In 1919 the Diocese of Bradford was created, formed out of the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds, and the Parish Church of St Peter became Bradford Cathedral.
It was decided the church needed to be bigger and grander as befitted its new status, but it was not until 1940 that Ilkley-born architect Sir Edward Maufe was appointed and began work, which was delayed due to World War Two and a lack of funds.
The foundation stone of the first extension, the Song Room, was laid in May 1953 and the East End completed ten years later in October 1963.
Ironically, next year Bradford Diocese is due to be subsumed in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales that includes Leeds and Ripon.
The November 3 service will include the premiere of a seven-minute setting for evening canticles composed in 1986 by Humphrey Clucas, never before performed in the cathedral.
Humphrey Clucas is now an established church composer.
The cathedral is also putting on a flower festival from Friday to Monday. It will be open on the Friday, Saturday and Monday from 9am to 5pm and on Sunday from noon until 3.30pm.
Entry is £5 for adults and free for under-18s.
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