The Russian poisoning put the city in the news for all the wrong reasons. Now it hopes to move on from its annus horribilis
At Salisbury cathedral, preparations are under way for next weekend’s Advent procession, Darkness to Light. The event begins with the magnificent gothic cathedral in total blackness and silence. A single candle is lit, followed by another and another, until the whole interior is illuminated by 1,400 flickering flames.
“The Advent message is that darkness is always overcome by light, despair is always overcome by hope,” the cathedral’s dean, Nick Papadopulos, told the Observer. “We are trying to shine light into the darkness of the year coming to an end.”