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27 October 2014, 10:35 | Updated: 27 October 2014, 10:39
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid announced today that, Ely, and Peterborough cathedrals are among those from across England receiving almost £8million for urgent repairs in the second round of grants from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund.
31 cathedrals across England will now be able to fix leaking roofs, repair stained glass windows and spires, and carry out many other important works, making the total number of cathedrals receiving funding through the programme 41.
Ely Cathedral will receive £392,060 for repairs to the south transept. Peterborough Cathedral will receive £88,433 to repair the Old Baptistry Gable.
The fund was announced in Budget 2014, and set up in April this year in recognition of the powerful symbol our cathedrals are of Britain's shared history, as well as the significant role they will play throughout the commemorations of the centenary of the First World War.
Visiting Portsmouth Cathedral which is to receive nearly £600,000, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid, who also leads the Government's FWW Centenary programme, said:
"Our heritage in this country is precious and unique. We need to do all we can to protect it for future generations. This second round of grants will ensure that even more of our magnificent and awe-inspiring cathedrals can complete urgent and much needed repairs, so they can continue to play a huge role in the communities they serve.
"Our places of worship are also playing a huge part in all our plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, and this Fund is helping to ensure they can fulfil this role to remember those who gave so much for us so many years ago."
Sir Paul Ruddock, Chair of the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund expert panel and Chairman of the Victoria & Albert Museum, said:
"The appeal of cathedrals is vast and enduring. Every part of English history can be seen somewhere within their walls, and I am delighted that this second round of grant is providing vital support to keep them open for all to enjoy."
The £20million Cathedral Repairs Fund was announced by the Chancellor in the Budget 2014. Grants will allow cathedrals to undertake urgent repair work, including keeping the building wind-proof, weather-tight, safe and open to the public, and preventing further deterioration of the building.
This is the second round of funding allocations and will be followed by one more. The final round will close in January 2015.