Take a look inside the new look Wakefield Cathedral

The Cathedral will be back in business this weekend when the result of its multi-million pound makeover are finally revealed.

Contractors have been on site since March last year giving the nave a new lease of life - its last makeover was in the 1870s.

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Wakefield Cathedral refurb work.'w313c313

Walls have been cleaned, a heated stone floor has been laid and 17 chandeliers have been installed along with the latest sound and vision system.

The font, which dates back to 1661, has been refurbished and re-sited at the entrance to symbolise the beginning of a Christian journey.

And a red sandstone labyrinth incorporated into the floor. It is modelled on the one at the Bayeux Cathedral in Normandy, France.

The new-look nave will be featured in two episodes of BBC One’s Songs of Praise, which are due to be filmed at the Cathedral on April 13, and then aired on April 28 and in late summer.

TV crew from BBC Four has also followed the project for a programme on Cathedral life due to be aired this year.

But before that the first service in the newly refurbished nave will take place on Sunday.

The Palm Sunday Eucharist will start at 9.15am.

The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Rev Stephen Platten, said: “Just in time for Holy Week, the nave has been unveiled in a new glory. The results are stunning and remarkable.

“They are the product of enormous energy and commitment by the Dean, the Chapter, Cathedral staff, the congregation and so many more.

“But they are also the fruit of God’s grace.

“Nothing we do is possible without the divine energy of the spirit.

“There has been toil, suffering, some agony, but from it springs Easter – the season of resurrection.”

A civic service for the city will be held on Saturday, April 27 at 11am, and to mark the 125th anniversary of the city, a party will be held in the Cathedral precinct on Sunday, June 30, from 3pm until 7pm. Visit www.wakefieldcathedral.org.uk

See this week’s Wakefield Express for a special report about the new life of Wakefield Cathedral.