Characters from past returning

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A CAST of historic characters will be wandering around Palace Green in Durham City tomorrow telling stories of the past.

The event starts at 6pm and is Durham’s contribution to the national Museums at Night programme.

Members of Durham Student Theatre Company will be playing pilgrims and other key figures from Durham’s factual – and fictional – past.

“We trialled the event in the cathedral last year,” said Sarah Price, one of the organisers. “This time we are taking it outside as well.

“One of the most popular characters with the children was the milkmaid, who according to the apocryphal story, was followed by the monks when they were looking for the final resting place for the remains of St Cuthbert.”

Among the real historical characters will be Bede and the architect John Langstaff, who was responsible for the alms houses and the building on Palace Green which now houses the library.

“There’s free admission to the library as well,” Sarah added. “Museums at Night is a family-friendly way to learn more about the cathedral.