Tickets on sale to see Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham

Durham University announces that tickets are going on sale to view the Lindisfarne Gospels. ''Pictured in the queue to buy tickets is Prof Chris Higgins

Durham University announces that tickets are going on sale to view the Lindisfarne Gospels. ''Pictured in the queue to buy tickets is Prof Chris Higgins

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PEOPLE can today buy tickets for one of the biggest events in the North East this year.

One of the world’s most imporant books, the Lindisfarne Gospels, goes on display on July 1 in Durham University’s Palace Green Library, alongside Anglo-Saxons artefacts and medieval manuscripts.

LINDISFARNE GOSPEL TICKETS NOW FOR SALE: L'left to right Michael Sadgrove Drean of Durham, Roly Keating British Museum, George Garlick Durham CC Chief Exec, Prof Chris Higgins, Steve Stewart Northumberland CCl, in the Cosin Library at Palace Green in Durham looking at the Lindisfarne Gospel Facsimile

LINDISFARNE GOSPEL TICKETS NOW FOR SALE: L'left to right Michael Sadgrove Drean of Durham, Roly Keating British Museum, George Garlick Durham CC Chief Exec, Prof Chris Higgins, Steve Stewart Northumberland CCl, in the Cosin Library at Palace Green in Durham looking at the Lindisfarne Gospel Facsimile

The opening of ticket sales was marked with a preview of some of the pieces which will form part of the three-month festival of events celebrating the exhibition.

They included the Lindisfarne Community Choir, a dance piece accompanied by Northumbrian music, and a scene from the comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham – by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood.

Performers and representatives from the university and the British Library joined choristers, Anglo-Saxons, monks and other characters as tickets went on sale.

Programme director Dr Keith Bartlett said: “The exhibition is the highlight of the regional cultural calendar and the hottest ticket in town.”

He added: “I am delighted in the buzz that has surrounded the release of tickets. The exhibition has fired the imagination of event organisers, artists, performers and communities across the North East.”