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THE stories and secrets of historic buildings are being revealed to visitors.

Venues across County Durham will be opening up as part of the national Heritage Open Days, which run from today until Sunday.

Dated: 12/07/2009'The Passmore Apollo pavillion, in Peterlee which has been refurbished with money from the Heritage lottery fund. It was reopened by Victor Passmore's son John with music from Boom and Brass

Dated: 12/07/2009'The Passmore Apollo pavillion, in Peterlee which has been refurbished with money from the Heritage lottery fund. It was reopened by Victor Passmore's son John with music from Boom and Brass

The programme will feature 46 events, which are being supported by Durham County Council, with 18 of those new additions to this year’s celebration.

The venues taking part will include Durham Cathedral, Seaton Holme in Easington Village and St Mary the Virgin Church in Seaham.

Visitors will be welcomed by volunteers, backed by property owners and experts from the council, offering information and guided tours at many of the sites.

Coun Neil Foster, cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said the events are always very popular.

He said: “Every year there are old favourite venues to visit, but this year there are also some new unusual locations to discover and enjoy.

“Last year more than 5,300 people attended events throughout the county and we would love to see you all again and be part of this celebration of our heritage.”

More information is provided in the Heritage Open Days free Guide to County Durham, which is available from tourist information centres, libraries and council offices across the county.

Copies of the booklet and additional information are available from www.durham.gov.uk or by telephoning 383 4077.

The information is also on online at www.heritageopendays.org.uk which features a full list of attractions.

Council staff will also be manning the reception desk at the Town Hall in Durham between 9.30am and 4.30pm today and tomorrow and between 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, to provide county-wide information.

HIGHLIGHTS of the County Durham Heritage Open days

* Alington House Community Association in North Bailey, near Saddler Street, Durham, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

The 17th century house was built on the remains of the castle wall and was extended in the 18th century.

* Celebrating Miners’ Lodge Banners at Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn, Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

A collection of miners’ lodge banners from around the Durham coalfield have been gathered especially for the weekend along with an exhibition about the Miners’ Gala, with enthusiasts on hand to explain more.

* Finchale Priory, Brasside, Newton Hall, Durham, 10am on Sunday. A guided tour, lasting up to two hours, around the ruins and standing buildings of the medieval priory and its close links to Durham Cathedral and how it became an important landscape feature for the adjacent Cocken Hall Estate.

* Apollo Pavilion, Oakerside Drive, Peterlee, Saturday from 11am to 4pm. The artwork has survived the threat of demolition and was restored to its former glory in 2009, with members of the Apollo Pavilion Community Association on hand to greet visitors and offer guided tours.

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