100 year old figure of the Virgin Mary and 30 pieces of silver go missing from St Asaph Cathedral


Suzanne Jordan

AN IRREPLACEABLE antique religious statue has gone missing, feared stolen, from a cathedral’s specially created Easter ‘garden’.

St Asaph Cathedral parishioners Anne Stanworth and her daughter Sian put the Easter ‘garden’ display together inside the cathedral earlier this year.

The work visualises events and locations in the Easter story.

It has since been discovered that one of the figures – of the Virgin Mary – has been removed from the ‘garden’, along with a small bag containing 30 five-pence coins to represent the 30 pieces of silver paid to Judas for betraying Jesus.

David Stanworth, Anne’s husband and a steward at the cathedral, said: “The other figures in the garden had also been disturbed.

“The figures are more than 100 years old and were inherited from the my wife’s father, a priest.

“A thorough search of the cathedral will be carried out in case a mischievous person has hidden the figure on the premises.

“However, we are appealing to whoever may have taken the figure of Mary to return it to its rightful place.”

The figure depicts Mary kneeling. Mr Stanworth’s wife has been creating Easter ‘gardens’ since childhood; this was the second time she had created one in the cathedral.

Mr Stanworth added: “Enquiries have been made to have a set of figures carved.

“The Dean and the Easter garden designer will be pleased to hear from anyone willing to accept the commission to carve a set of figures.”

The Dean of St Asaph Cathedral, the Very Rev Nigel Williams, added: “We are deeply saddened that this has happened

“The figure has no monetary value but so much sentimental value to its owner.

“The Easter ‘garden’ has brought so much happiness to so many people who visit the cathedral and we hope that someone can find it in their heart to return the missing figure as soon as possible.”

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