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Men and boys no longer asked to remove hats

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08 August 2014

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From the Revd Andrew Martlew

Sir, - On Monday of last week, we visited Durham Cathedral, and I was disconcerted by the number of men in the church who were wearing hats.

The next day, while on duty as Honorary Chaplain at York Minster, I politely asked a gentleman from Wigan to remove his hat. Shortly afterwards, I was reminded by a member of the Visitor Experience Department that it was the Dean's policy that men could wear hats in her cathedral.

Since these two cathedrals seem no longer to regard themselves as sacred spaces, would it not be more honest to hand them over to English Heritage to run as unambiguous tourist attractions with occasional services at agreed times? I am sure that a jolly young re-enactor in a cassock would deliver a far better visitor experience than a conventional old clergyman like me.

ANDREW MARTLEW
Balne Moor Farm
Balne Moor Road
Balne, Goole DN14 0EN

 

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