Verger is dead after fall

02 November 2006

A VERGER, John Angus, was found dead on Sunday after falling more than 100ft from a tower of York Minster in front of a handful of tourists, writes Rachel Harden.

Mr Angus, who was 59, was one of four vergers at the Minster, and had worked there for 25 years. A former teacher, he had lived in the centre of York with his brother, and had been a keen writer of poetry.

On Sunday afternoon, he had requested a key for the north-west tower, which is not open to the public. After the fall, the Dean of York, the Very Revd Keith Jones, and the Precentor, Canon Jeremy Fletcher, said prayers by the body.  Prayers were later said at evensong.

A cathedral spokeswoman said on Tuesday that an inquest was due to be held this week. A date for the funeral would be fixed afterwards.

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