BLACKBURN Cathedral has a new expert in religious belief.

The Rev. Professor Jenn Strawbridge was installed as its new canon theologian after a weekend service. She then delivered her inaugural lecture.

Prof Strawbridge is associate professor in new testament studies at Oxford University-based at its Mansfield College.

She continues in that role while fulfilling her new responsibilities.

The Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev Julian Henderson, said: "I was delighted when she accepted my offer to become canon theologian and to deliver an annual lecture in the cathedral."

Prof Strawbridge said: “I am delighted by this invitation to a formal association with Blackburn Diocese and cathedral alongside my role in Oxford.

“It is a great honour to serve as canon theologian."