Sheffield's cathedrals awarded grants for repairs

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Sheffield's two cathedrals have been awarded grants for repairs.

The Church of England cathedral will receive £480,000 for the roof and the Catholic cathedral will receive £189,000 for spire repairs.

Announcing grants totalling £14.5 million, to mark the centenary of the First World War, the government said cathedrals were 'powerful symbols' of British history.

The grants are aimed at preserving cathedrals them for future generations.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said: "Cathedrals are powerful symbols of Britain's shared history.

"They are important not only for their architecture and heritage, but also for the vital role they play in local communities.

"I am delighted that the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund will ensure that these wonderful cathedrals remain in a good state of repair and are preserved for future generations."

Dame Fiona Reynolds, chairwoman of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, said: "Cathedrals which benefited from the first phase of this fund have been repaired and refurbished, and staff and volunteers have time and resources to serve their cities and regions with renewed energy.

"It is fantastic that more cathedrals are now able to benefit from this scheme.

"England's cathedrals are a wonderfully diverse group, encompassing not only vast, world-famous medieval buildings such as Durham, Lincoln and Canterbury, but also smaller churches like Wakefield and Leicester."