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Despite many setbacks and difficulties, the Cathedral was finally consecrated in May 1961. The consecration service was carried out by Bishop George Reindorp in the presence of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the Archbishop of Canterbury and a packed congregation from all parts of the Diocese.

However, at this stage, the building was not complete. There remained to be built the Western Porches (the Garths), the Sacristy, the Lady Chapel and the Chapter house. Also, the tower was incomplete. These projects were not finished until 1966.