MORE than five million stitches will be completed in a year's time by a group of workers aiming to end cold comfort for worshippers in Ripon Cathedral.

As part of the Ripon Millennium cushion project, 60 stitchers, a group of schoolchildren and two Tibetan nuns who visited the city have united to provide embroidered cushions, illustrating Ripon's historic past and present, for cold stone slab seating on each side of the nave..

Eighteen box cushions have been completed and work on 12 more are under way.

Already, the high quality work has won praise from Dean of Ripon, the Very Reverend John Metheun and has won plaudits from the public after being on display at Ripon Library.