St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral re-opens

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Bendigo was ringing with the sound of bells on Sunday to mark the re-opening of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral.

The bells went quiet about 2.45pm in preparation for an invitation-only opening service for the diocese.

Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, The Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier, delivered the sermon.

Leading the service were Bishop of Bendigo, The Right Reverend Andrew Curnow, and Dean of Bendigo, The Very Reverend John Roundhill.

The cathedral was so full of worshipers, you could hear the swoosh of pages turning as people participated in hymns and prayers.

Outside, the statue of James Cook sported a fancy crimson hat.

The cathedral closed seven years ago after material from the bell tower became dislodged during the ringing of a quarter peal for a bell ringer who had died. 

The Anglican Diocese of Bendigo said the building was not structurally unsound but a number of issues needed addressing.

Community efforts raised money for the restoration.

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