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Prince marks 5m cathedral scheme


The Prince is patron of a cathedral charity

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have marked the start of 5m restoration work at Hereford Cathedral.

The Close project, which includes new lighting, artwork and gardens, has been backed by a grant of more than 4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Prince Charles is patron of Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust, which helps maintain the 900-year-old building.

The royal couple toured the site, meeting people who helped to develop the project over the past seven years.

The prince told the reception: "The fact that you have been able to ensure this project gets off the ground will, I know, really make the most enormous difference."

The couple also heard a performance by the cathedral choir.

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