March 5, 2020 5.12 pm This story is over

Last resident canon to leave Lincoln Cathedral

The Reverend Canon Sal McDougall has announced that she will leave the cathedral in May

The resignation of the Precentor has left Lincoln Cathedral without a single permanent residential canon.

The Reverend Canon Sal McDougall has announced that she will leave the cathedral in May after three years in her current post.

Lincoln Cathedral credited her with playing a key role in developing and organising its special services.

“It is a tremendous privilege to be responsible for the worship and music in such an incredible place,” The Reverend Canon Sal McDougall said.

“My time here has been made all the more special thanks to the great people that I have had the pleasure of working with for the last three years.

“I am leaving with a rich store of experience that I have gained while being Precentor.

“I’m thankful for the many and varied opportunities that I have had in Lincoln, and look forward to the future.”

RAF Typhoon flying over Lincoln Cathedral.

The Acting Dean of Lincoln, the Venerable Mark Steadman said: “Liturgy and music are at the very heart of Lincoln Cathedral’s mission.

“I am very grateful to Sal for sharing her expertise and passion for music with us, and demonstrating how excellence in liturgy and music can bring us closer to God.

“We wish Sal well for her future career, and know that she will use her many talents to inspire and support others.”

It is another blow for the cathedral after the chancellor denied in court an alleged historical indecent assault on a female student.

The Reverend Dr Paul Overend is accused of grabbing a woman and kissing her at a party while he was a chaplain at Cardiff University in 1997.

He stood down from his role at the Cathedral alongside a number of other notable figures.

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