Donkey leads way in Palm procession

Four-year-old  Lilly May Horn leads Lil the donkey through the streets of Ripon. (1203012AM7)
Four-year-old Lilly May Horn leads Lil the donkey through the streets of Ripon. (1203012AM7)

The traditional Palm Sunday procession took place through the streets of Ripon last week, led by a donkey.

Residents joined in the parade which wound through the Market Place and down Kirkgate to the cathedral for the Palm Sunday service.

The Palm Sunday Procession filled Ripon's streets (1203012AM3)

The Palm Sunday Procession filled Ripon's streets (1203012AM3)

Four-year-old Cathedral Choir School pupil, Lilly May Horn led Lil the donkey through the streets of Ripon.

It was also the first opportunity to see the finished Narthex project, a three month programme of works to install new glass porches.

The occasion saw the new West Front in use for the first time after the installation of new glass porches, with engravings by artist Sally Scott, depicting scenes from the life of St Wilfrid, founder of Ripon Cathedral.

The privately funded project will be officially opened later this year.

The Dean of Ripon, The Very Rev Keith Jukes, said: “The Narthex project has created a more welcoming entrance to the cathedral and will allow us to keep the doors permanently open during the daytime for the first time in almost 150 years.

“The new entrance area is now one of the most eye-catching of any cathedral in the country and it will let in the light as well as allowing tourists and the local community to witness the true majesty of the cathedral’s interior from outside.

“Our motto is ‘here for us all’ and this latest pioneering development will truly add to the experience for the 100,000 people who visit the cathedral annually,” he added.

• For more pictures see this week’s Ripon Gazette, out Friday, April 6.