Queen honours David’s service to Preston Minster and the city

Posted on - 19th May, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - People, Preston Minster, Preston News
David with his gift from the Queen
David with his gift from the Queen

A Preston man has been recognised by the Queen for his service to Preston Minster and the city.


David Harrison, 73, was one of just three men from Lancashire to
this year receive Maundy money, an award made to elderly men and women for their Christian service.

David received the award in recognition of his work to maintain and develop the Grade II listed Minster over the past 25 years.

David should have received the coins in person from the Queen, but unfortunately the service was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, David received a personal letter from the Queen with two leather pouches containing the coins.

Rev Sam Haigh, Vicar of Preston, said: “Dave kept this incredibly quiet, but as a city we can celebrate the qualities of faithful, energetic service that he has brought to Preston Minster and to our city.

“Thousands of people visit the Minster every year, and maintaining a Grade II listed building in good and safe order takes a huge amount of behind-the-scenes work.

“Dave has been at the heart of this work for over 25 years, right through to the re-opening of the Minster last September. We are delighted that the Queen has honoured him in this way.”

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