Hereford & Worcester

Worcester Cathedral loses money over sport exhibition

A cathedral has lost thousands of pounds on a sporting exhibition after ticket sales failed to cover the cost of the event.

Memorabilia, including footballer David Beckham's boots, were on show at Worcester Cathedral in August.

The Very Reverend Peter Atkinson said it was a setback, but many areas of the cathedral's finances were "good and strong and encouraging".

He said the exact figures would be established by an independent review.

'Very dedicated staff'

Up to 60 sports personalities past and present were going to be featured in the exhibition.

The Dean of the cathedral said: "Sadly we didn't get as many visitors as we had hoped.

"In the context of all our fundraising and the total amount of £1.2m that it costs to run the cathedral every year, this is a disappointment.

"But we can work our way through this."

Asked if there was any threat to jobs, he said: "We have a small and we have a very dedicated staff and every one of them is doing a job that needs to be done.

"So to cut into that would be cutting into the core of what we're doing at the cathedral and we're determined to keep our core activities going."

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