Bishop in castle plea

Bishop of Durham The Rt Rev Justin Welby
Bishop of Durham The Rt Rev Justin Welby
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THE Bishop of Durham has called for the protection of Auckland Castle after a breakdown of a £15million deal to safeguard its famous Zurburan paintings.

Philanthropist Jonathan Ruffer stepped up to save the paintings, which have hung in the castle for 250 years, in March.

But Mr Ruffer says he is ready to withdraw his bid to save the 17th-century masterpieces because of the “obduracy” of the Church Commissioners.