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Cathedral commemorates those who served in conflict

 Published on: 3rd October 2018   |   By: Rebecca Dundon   |   Category: Uncategorized

A stunning projection of poppies will fill St Albans Cathedral as the city commemorates 100 years since the end of the First World War.

The special light project will cover the Nave for two nights only and residents are being urged to come and pay their respects. 

At 85 metres, St Albans Cathedral has the longest Nave in England and from Friday, October 26 until Saturday, October 27 it will be throw open its doors from 7.30pm to 11pm to anyone wishing to contemplate and reflect on the history of World War One. 

Entry will be free and will provide people with an opportunity to remember those who have served, both in the First World War and any other conflict.

Created by Peter Walker, who is the Artistic Director at Lichfield Cathedral and Luxmuralis, the installation will feature projections specially tailored to St Albans Cathedral, including names of local soldiers who have served in the armed forces and falling rose petals which will be projected over the Shrine of Alban, Britain’s First Saint. 

A beautiful sound artwork composed by David Harper, accompanies the installation and includes four readings of World War One poems by Oscar Winning actor, Eddie Redmayne.

The Dean of St Albans, the Very Revd Dr Jeffrey John said: “The Cathedral is an appropriate place to remember, and like Alban’s red rose, the poppies recall both the beauty and the blood of martyrdom. 

At the centenary of the close of the Great War, this is a powerful way to offer sorrow and thanks for the past and continuing self-sacrifice of so many for the sake of their fellow human beings.”

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