AN appeal is being launched to raise £120,000 for crucial repairs to a North Yorkshire cathedral is being launched.

Urgent work is needed on defects at Ripon Cathedral following a survey by its architect, Oliver Caroe, who has said failing to act now could lead to “much greater problems” in the future.

The new fundraising drive following the success of a separate appeal to raise £300,000 to restore the historic building’s organ.

Events start on April 4 with a children’s craft session, and include a sponsored walk on April 9, the annual Ripon Cathedral Beer Festival on May 7 and a concert by the Leeds Festival Chorus on July 7.

The Great North Art Show will be held at the cathedral between September 1 and 23, and the city’s tenth annual Angel Dinner in September 28 will also boost the appeal.

More information about events and how to volunteer to help is available at or by phoning the development office on 01765 603583.