WARM cloaks have brought sex equality to the child choristers of
an English cathedral.
Cloaks were provided for the girls' choir when it was first
formed at Wells Cathedral 20 years ago. But the boys' choir -
believed to be founded 1100 years ago - never had cloaks to
Now, after fund-raising led by one of the parents, Arnold Wills,
all the choristers have been given new cloaks. "Over the years, the
choristers' parents have said it is great that the girls stay warm
and dry - but what about the boys?" Mr Wills said.
Money came from corporate sponsors, the cathedral, the school,
and fund-raising by families.
"We are delighted with the new cloaks," the Head Boy Chorister,
Fergus Brown, said. "The design is smart, and now we all have the
The Precentor of the cathedral, Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle,
said: "We are very grateful to the many who have given so
generously. . . The children of the choir work extremely hard to
maintain the reputation that the choir has gained over many years.
It is the least that we can do to keep them warm while they do
Matthew Owens, the cathedral organist and Master of the
Choristers, said: "We are delighted that all of the choristers now
look the same . . . and are recognisable ambassadors for Wells