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Cathedral attendance continues to increase

by Antony Bushfield

Between 2014 and 2015 the Church of England said mid-week attendance had rose whilst the numbers coming on Sunday had remained similar.

On average, 36,700 adults and children attended services each week at the 42 cathedrals in England during 2015.

Dean of Liverpool Very Rev Dr Pete Wilcox said: "These figures are extremely encouraging.

"They show that, up and down the country, cathedrals are sustaining the growth that has been reported for a number of years.

"Clearly, something about cathedral worship is meeting a need and contributing significantly to the spiritual life of the nation."

Easter and Christmas services at cathedrals also saw an increase in numbers, the figures show.

Services between Palm Sunday 2015 and Easter saw an increase of two per cent on 2014's figures.

Attendance at Christmas services was 125,200 in 2015, the highest figure since 2011.

Elsewhere the number of people volunteering at cathedrals rose by 13 per cent, from 13,300 in 2005 to 15,000 in 2015.

There were 9.4 million visitors to cathedrals in 2015 and a further 1 million people visited Westminster Abbey.

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