A SERVICE of reflection has recalled the night a devastating fire tore through York Minster.

Prayers and readings were led by the Dean of York, the Rev Vivienne Faull, on the 30th anniversary of the South Transept blaze.

Rev Faull later led a congregation from the Quire to the scene of the fire to give thanks for the deliverance of the Minster and highlight the good that came out of the disaster.

John David, master mason at the Minster, braved the flames to help with the salvage operation during the night, and gave a reading during the Evensong service.

Rev Faull said: “While the 1984 fire was a serious and significant moment, the ongoing story of York Minster is one of world class restoration, conservation, design and innovation to ensure that the fabric and beauty of the building is protected for the community of York and for future generations.”

York Minster Revealed is one of the major conservation projects.

The £20 million scheme – including a £10.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery fund – will see the Great East Window restored.

The window is the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the country, and is being repaired alongside stonework damaged by centuries of exposure to the elements.