11:49am Sunday 4th April 2010
By Ben Winstanley
THE DEAN of every English cathedral is visiting East Lancashire next week.
More than 40 senior clergymen will travel to Blackburn on Tuesday April 13, visiting the cathedral, a Muslim boys' school before discussing regeneration at the town hall.
The Deans are holding their annual conference in Manchester, and decided to tie it in with a visit to East Lancs.
The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong, Dean of Blackburn cathedral, said: "It's a huge accolade for the town and the diocese, and the very exciting work which the cathedral spearheads with its partners in the region."
The visit will start with a discussion with the Dean and Anjum Anwar, the Blackburn Diocese's dialogue development officer, about the roles different faiths can play within the community.
The deans will then visit Daruloom Muslim Boys' School in a bid to get a sense of what it is like to live in a multi-faith area.
In the afternoon the conference will visit the town hall for a discussion with council officers on the regeneration of the town centre.
National church officials from London and Winchester will attend this meeting.
The group will then head back to the cathedral for Choral Evensong and a dinner in the crypt hosted by the Cathedral Chapter.
Dean Armstrong said: "The Deans' conference goes to a different area each year and they asked us several years ago if they could come to Manchester and Blackburn.
“What tends to happen is the deans discuss some business, but they also like to explore the colour of the cathedral which is hosting them."
The four-day event will see more than 60 church officials in total from across the country travel to the North West.
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