South Thanet’s Member of Parliament, Craig Mackinlay MP, has joined Rector of St Augustine’s in Ramsgate, Fr Marcus Holden, and a number of delegates including the great-great grandson of Augustus Pugin, for the Civic Opening of the restored Shrine of St Augustine and the National Pugin Centre.
The event took place on Friday 8 June and was followed by a reception in the Cartoon Room at The Grange.
Craig Mackinlay MP commented:
“It was an honour to be invited by Fr Marcus Holden to the Civic Opening of the wonderfully restored Shrine of St Augustine and the impressive National Pugin Centre.
“The Civic opening represented the culmination of over seven years of hard work in raising funds, researching, writing proposals, sourcing materials, building and restoration to bring the shrine up to a standard that Augustus Pugin would have approved of. Pugin was the designer of the Palace of Westminster whose final resting place is at the shrine in Ramsgate.
“The project involved skilled teams of researchers, craftsmen, historians, project management and many, many volunteers and I congratulate everyone involved in this magnificent project.
“I have no doubt that worshippers, pilgrims and general visitors who come to St Augustine’s to pray or simply enjoy, will further appreciate the beauty of its architecture as a result of these works.”