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Lindisfarne Gospels return to North East, extra buses for Northumberland pilgirms

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An image of a page from the Lindisfarne Gospels - the Gospel of Matthew

An image of a page from the Lindisfarne Gospels – the Gospel of Matthew

One of the world’s oldest and most historic documents returns to its home in the North East of England and Monday, and will be in the region until September 30.

The Lindisfarne Gospels will be on display in Durham City Centre. The exhibition is a contemporary interpretation of the North’s most enduring story, the tale of St Cuthbert and one of the World’s greatest books – its creation, its journey, its influence around the world and its especial symbolism for the people of the North East.

Visitors to the exhibition will see some of Britain’s most significant manuscripts and books alongside stunningly beautiful artefacts from Anglo-Saxon England drawn from national collections and those of Durham University and Durham Cathedral. The centrepiece is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a selection of Cuthbert’s treasures including his sapphire ring, jewelled cross and travelling altar, together with the book that was written in his honour. The exhibition celebrates the region’s heritage with special events, music, theatre, talks, performances and fun family activities.

The Lindisfarne Gospels are on loan from the British Library in the summer of 2013 and will be displayed on Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site in Palace Green Library. For more details go here: http://www.thisisdurham.com/whats-on/lindisfarne-gospels-durham-p628671. Tickets are available from the Palace Green Library or from Ticketmaster: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/feature/lindisfarne-gospels-durham.html.

A Holy Island Bus Service will run daily throughout the summer whilst the Lindisfarne Gospels are in Durham. Perrymans buses are running the 477 bus to Holy Island daily (Monday to Saturday) between 1st July and 30th September to enable Lindisfarne Gospel Pilgrims to visit Holy island as part of their experience. The combination of bus and train enables visitors to reach Holy Island from Durham in less than two hours. It is hoped that local businesses will help to promote the extra buses, encouraging visitors to leave their cars at home for the day.

Roddy Perryman from Perrymans buses is delighted to be working in partnership to help promote Holy Island and said “We’re hoping the Eye Catching vehicle branding on our 477 bus along with the additional journeys we are providing over the Summer period helps generate more visitors to the island”.

The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and officers from Northumberland County Council have worked with Perrymans to secure the extra services. Iain Robson from the AONB Partnership said “The Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham will undoubtedly attract many additional visitors to Holy Island this summer.

The Island is a popular destination for tourists and in a normal summer the number of cars on the Island can cause problems. If we can get visitors out of their cars and onto the bus, it will lessen the impact on this fragile and beautiful place”

Gary McBride from Northumberland County Council said “Holy Island is accessed by a tidal causeway and crossing times vary on a daily basis making it impossible to run a regular service. For this reason, we provide a selection of departure times from Berwick which are designed to give three to four hours on the island. We then select the most appropriate two departures which will operate on any particular day, subject to tides.”

Please contact Perrymans Buses on 01289 308719 or view the timetable on their website www.perrymansbuses.co.uk.

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