It’s been a very sad time recently but there's a chance to come together to see the BBC’s coverage of the State Funeral of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II screened live on a large screen in the nave of Peterborough Cathedral on Monday September 19.
The screening, which is provided in collaboration with Peterborough City Council, will begin from 10am, prior to the funeral itself which starts at 11am, and will be a chance for local people to mark this sad but historic moment.
The Very Revd Chris Dalliston, Dean of Peterborough, said: “We really hope that the live screening will be an opportunity for people to come together and share the experience of watching Her Late Majesty’s funeral.
“I know many people have been surprised by the strength of their grief at her passing and, whilst some will want to be at home, for others this is a time to draw comfort from one another, to be able to chat before and afterwards, and to be in a shared sacred space.”
Councillor Wayne Fitzgerald, Leader of Peterborough City Council, said: “I would like to thank the cathedral for working with us to make this possible and to ensure people can come together to experience what will become a very important moment in our history.”
Tea and coffee will be available in the Cathedral free of charge before and afterwards. It’s expected that the screening will finish by around 1pm.
If you would like to attend, ideally head there in time for the 11am service but the doors will remain open for people to arrive whenever they can. There is no entry charge and no need to book a ticket (donations are invited).
The Cathedral is also holding a Vigil Service on the eve of Her Late Majesty’s funeral, on Sunday September 18 at 7pm. This quiet service of reflection will include music from the Cathedral Choir, prayers and readings. It will end with the national one minute’s silence at 8pm. All are welcome to attend.