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An English widow has left a 300,000 GBP fortune to help restore Germany's Cologne Cathedral, destroyed by British and Allied bombers in World War II.

The donor - identified in German media as Berta Woodward, from Oxford - specified that the sum should be used to help restore the Gothic church to its former glory.

Local experts say the inheritance will be used to replace and restore the cathedral's doors.

Central Cathedral Restoration Committee official Michael H.G. Hoffmann said: "Without this money we would not have been able to even think about doing this part of the restoration."

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