Campaigners refuse to leave Cathedral square

Celebration of Diversity march in Sheffield: Alicia Philpotts with Dean of Sheffield Cathedral Peter Bradley
Celebration of Diversity march in Sheffield: Alicia Philpotts with Dean of Sheffield Cathedral Peter Bradley
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PROTESTERS who have been camping in front of Sheffield Cathedral for more than a month this week rejected a request from the church authorities to leave.

The Dean of the Cathedral, the Very Rev Peter Bradley, used his Sunday sermon to tell the anti-capitalist demonstrators they had “made their point” and were “taking advantage of the good nature of the Church of England”.

He added that the camp was deterring groups from renting space for events, cutting vital income, and wasting the time of church officials who were having to deal with a range of issues.

But camp spokeswoman Lesley said she could not see how the cathedral’s activities were being affected as only a corner of the forecourt was being occupied – and they had already moved their location once after consulting with officials.

Camp member Andy said: “We do understand the Dean’s dilemma as his concern is the smooth running of the cathedral, but we have no plans to leave at the moment.

“We intend to continue to hold regular meetings with the cathedral management – but the fact is that it was probably inevitable we chose this place for the camp.

“We also considered the Peace Gardens and Devonshire Green but they were totally inappropriate. We are still attracting support from a tremendously wide range of people.”