MYSTERY and history proved a winning combination for pupils at a Sunderland school.
Young people from St Paul’s Church of England School in Ryhope invited a special visitor to shed some light on historic documents.
John Roxburgh, from Durham University, helped pupils who are studying the significance of ancient illuminated manuscripts.
His visit coincides with the final weekend of the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition in Durham.
More than 95,000 tickets have been sold since the arrival of the manuscripts.
Dr Keith Bartlett, programme director, Lindisfarne Gospels Durham, said: “Demand for tickets has been high throughout, but over the last month ticket sales have significantly increased.
“It seems that many people have delayed buying their tickets until the last minute. “
The partners who staged the exhibition are delighted with its success”.