Marking the end of the project – and the start of church’s new life

tis HRH The Duke of Gloucester cuts the ribbon at the official opening of The Space @ St Peter's. (120622M1b)
tis HRH The Duke of Gloucester cuts the ribbon at the official opening of The Space @ St Peter's. (120622M1b)

A royal visitor was in Harrogate last week to officially mark the re-opening of St Peter’s Church following a comprehensive refurbishment.

The Duke of Gloucester visited the church in the centre of Harrogate to cut the ribbon on The Space @ St Peter’s.

Guests enjoyed music from the choir and organised of St Peter’s Church before the Duke’s arrival, after which a service was held.

The vicar of St Peter’s, Canon Tony Shepherd, said; “The Duke of Gloucester was charming and spoke exceptionally well to the very large congregation that was assembled.”

After the service, the Duke was shown around the new building and met people who had been involved in the project, including builders, architects and donors. A special cake was provided by Bettys to mark the occasion and was served to guests after the service.

The church is now back in full use after the extensive project, which has seen a new extension created to increase facilities for the community.

Canon Shepherd said: “It’s better than we could possibly have hoped for.

“It’s a most marvellous building with a lot of light and is very spacious.

“The main thing is it’s available for people in the community to make use of, and they’re already doing that.”