Promoting the life and times of Mary, Queen of Scots

Event – Memorial Service in Peterborough Cathedral, 5 Aug 17


I am writing with the details of the service in Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday 5 August 2017 and associated information. My apologies for the very short notice but we have only had confirmation this afternoon of the arrangements from the Cathedral’s Events Office.

There will be a Memorial Service led by Canon Tim Alban-Jones in the Apse Chapel at 12noon on Saturday 5 August 2017.  The service will last approximately 30 minutes and will include the laying of flowers at the place where Mary was buried 430 years ago (on 1st August 1587). The Mayor and MP for the City are to be invited by the Cathedral, in accordance with their usual practice, and while it is a private event for the Society, friends of members and the Society will be welcome to attend.

After the service, a ‘Tudor Potage and Ale’ lunch will be available in a private room, adjacent to Becket’s Tea Room. The cost of this will be advised once our final number is known but is likely to be around £12 per person – and of course other options are available if this doesn’t appeal.

A ‘Tudor tour’ of the Cathedral is available at 2.30pm which will highlight the particular connections with Katherine of Aragon and Mary; there is also the Visitor Centre beside the Cathedral which has the letter from James VI and I to the Cathedral in 1613 about the removal of Mary’s body to Westminster; and finally the Cloisters and grounds around the Cathedral are attractive areas to walk around. The Cathedral and Visitor Centre are both open 9am until 5pm.

Should you be interested in attending the service, lunch and/or tour it would be helpful if you could let me know so that we can give the Cathedral an idea of our numbers. Entry to the Cathedral, Visitor Centre and the Tour are all free but an appropriate donation on behalf of the Society will be made; and we will simply pay for our own lunch at the venue.

Should you be planning to stay overnight, there are a number of hotels nearby which you should book direct including the Travelodge; The Bull Hotel; The Great Northern Hotel: and The Park Inn by Radisson. The Cathedral has a good working arrangement with the Park Inn Hotel which is 5 minutes walk away, so if you advise them that you are attending a Cathedral event you will get their best available rate. – I am going to be staying there. If anyone wanted to meet up for a drink or a meal on the Saturday evening that will be arranged in the most convenient location.

Details of the location of the Cathedral and nearby parking are on their website –

Finally if anyone is staying for the weekend, there is a service at St Mary and All Saints Church in Fotheringhay at 10.15am on Sunday 6 August 2017 and if anyone would like to join me in attending please let me know. It’s only a few miles from the city so a taxi would most likely be sufficient; and depending on people’s plans and time availability, lunch in the Falcon Inn could round off the trip.

I look forward to hearing from anyone who is intending to come along and I will send a note of the final arrangements to all attendees on 1st August 2017.

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