BBC cameras ready to capture annual animal blessing service - The Evesham Observer

BBC cameras ready to capture annual animal blessing service

Evesham Editorial 14th Mar, 2023   0

ALL CREATURES great and small are invited to attend this year’s animal blessing service at Worcester Cathedral.

BBC’s The One Show will be joining in the fun at the service on Thursday, March 30 at 5.30pm, filming a feature for the programme to see how the landmark celebrates and give thanks for the way animals can enhance our lives.

The One Show production team is really keen all feel welcome, and they would particularly like to speak to anyone with a heart-warming or unusual story about how their pets have had an impact on their lives

They will be pleased to feature all creatures great and small, especially any more unusual pets.

The service will be a celebration of our beloved pets, and Canon John Paul Hoskins, Precentor at Worcester Cathedral, will be conducting the service.

Canon Hoskins said: “We are so pleased to be able to hold our pet blessing service once again this year, and so soon after the success of the previous service. Who could forget Pablo the Goat’s tremendous singing!

“Animals make such a difference in our lives; they are part of our families, there for us in good times and bad and give us unconditional love. Many people take great pleasure in the companionship of a pet. And for those who have suffered and are grieving, pets can bring great comfort to their owners.

“We look forward to taking a moment to give thanks and praise for all of our beloved animal companions.”

The service will start at 5.30pm and last roughly 30 minutes. The Cathedral asks that the congregation is seated by 5.15pm. Pre-book free tickets at to allow the

Cathedral team to manage capacity, and bring pets along for a joyous and uplifting service.

All creatures, great and small, are welcome (with a well-behaved owner). And those who wish to attend without a pet are warmly welcome too; there will be additional seating for our human worshippers, as well as an area for smaller pets. Please book one ticket for each person attending, including babies and small children.

To express your interest in being interviewed for The One Show, please book tickets in the first instance, then e-mail [email protected] with your story so Cathedral bosses can pass details on to the One Show team

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