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Funds appeal for Coventry cathedral window repair

John Carlon 4th Feb, 2020

COVENTRY Cathedral’s community has started an appeal for funds to replace an iconic window smashed by thieves.

As reported in the Observer, the engraved pane, by artist John Hutton, was shattered by would-be thieves just before 11.30pm on January 23.

It is part of the original West Screen which covers the cathedral entrance.

The Dean of Coventry, the Very Reverend John Witcombe, setting up a fundraising appeal, said: “It’s only a building – but buildings matter – this is an irreplaceable piece of art that has served to inspire millions of visitors, which is now lost – or at least irrevocably damaged – forever. That’s our history: we have experienced loss before, but it doesn’t make it any less heart breaking.”

A spokesperson for the cathedral said: “One of our beautiful and iconic angels was smashed by thieves in the early hours of Friday January 24. The angel located on the West Screen – the masterpiece artwork by John Hutton – was badly damaged and cathedral staff have been working with international modern glass experts to establish whether it can be repaired or whether it will need to be replaced. Whilst the Cathedral has building insurance cover, it is unlikely to pay for the full cost of a new window panel.

“We have been overwhelmed by the sympathetic response expressed by an army of well-wishers. Many have said they would like to contribute to the replacement cost and so a fundraising appeal has now been set-up.

“At this stage the total cost of the repair or replacement is unknown, but it is expected to be at least £20,000.

“People can make an online donation to the New Cathedral Glass Fund by visiting the cathedral website and following the online instructions. The Fund will be drawn on when required for this project and if more is raised than needed, the donations will be put to good use by contributing to other essential work in the maintenance or mission of the Cathedral.

“For more details phone 02476 521 226. People can also register their interest now, if they would prefer to make a donation once the actual costs are known.”

West Midlands Police said investigations continue into the vandalism, there have been no arrests.

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