Fun and games to celebrate city saint

CITY CELEBRATIONS: Above, Bridie Frater, eight, Erin Anderson, six, and Olivia Sowerby, eight, playing giant games as part of the Benedict Biscop celebrations at Sunderland City Library. Left, calligrapher Susan Moor teaching visitors Janette Blyth and John Watson calligraphy skills in a craft session as part of the event.
CITY CELEBRATIONS: Above, Bridie Frater, eight, Erin Anderson, six, and Olivia Sowerby, eight, playing giant games as part of the Benedict Biscop celebrations at Sunderland City Library. Left, calligrapher Susan Moor teaching visitors Janette Blyth and John Watson calligraphy skills in a craft session as part of the event.
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YOUNG and old united to learn out more about Sunderland’s sacred saint Benedict Biscop.

Visitors to Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens were treated to a special class in old school writing as Benedict Biscop celebrations drew to a close.

Calligrapher, Susan Moor teaching visitors to the Winter Gardens Janette Blyth and John Watson how to master Calligraphy in a craft session as part of the Benedict Biscop celebrations.

Calligrapher, Susan Moor teaching visitors to the Winter Gardens Janette Blyth and John Watson how to master Calligraphy in a craft session as part of the Benedict Biscop celebrations.

As well as calligraphy demonstrations, visitors were also invited to take part in craft sessions, making their own illuminated letter, and history handling bags offering an insight into Anglo-Saxon Sunderland.

The event supported the Wearmouth-Jarrow World Heritage Site bid and formed part of a week of Benedict Biscop celebrations across the city.

Benedict Biscop made a huge contribution to Sunderland and the Christian Church by establishing the twin Anglo-Saxon monastery which became an internationally renowned centre for learning and creativity and produced top scholars including the Venerable Bede.

Benedict Biscop was adopted as the Patron Saint of Sunderland in 2005.

At Sunderland City Library, youngsters were also able to explore Anglo-Saxon life and get stuck into giant games.