Former steward honoured

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A portrait of the former High Steward of Ripon Cathedral, Tom Ramsden, has been hung in the cathedral library.

Commissioned by cathedral patron, Margaret I’Anson, along with other patrons and supporters, the painting by David Page took six months.

The Sharrow artist joined supporters, patrons and music custodians at the cathedral to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Ripon Cathedral Development Campaign.

Guests were treated to a recital by the cathedral choir before the painting was unveiled.

It was formally presented to Mr Ramsden of Old Sleningford Hall, Near Ripon. Mr Ramsden was High Steward of the Cathedral from 1999 to 2009.

The painting can be viewed in the cathedral library until Easter.

The Development Campaign was constituted in 2001, raising over £2.5 million to complete projects, including the re-slating of the nave roof, the restoration of the central tower, re-leading of the north and south aisle roofs, rewiring and relighting of the cathedral and the Organ Appeal.