FAMILIES gathered in Sunderland to celebrate the city’s Patron Saint.
Scores of people descended on Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens to mark the life of Benedict Biscop.
The Anglo-Saxon abbot, who founded the monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow, was made Patron Saint of the city in 2005.
He is famed for bringing the art of glass staining to Wearside during his lifetime (AD628-AD690) and creating a centre for learning at St Peter’s Church in Sunderland, and St Paul’s Church in Jarrow, producing scholars including the Venerable Bede.
Visitors to the event on Saturday took part in crafts to reflect the work of the saint in the Pottery Gallery at the museum.
Winter Gardens Learning officer Jennie Lambert, said: “A couple of people didn’t know he was Patron Saint.
“A lot of children from Saint Benedict Biscop Academy knew because they have learnt about him. We talked about what Anglo-Saxon life was like and how people lived and celebrated the glass that he brought back to the monastery.
“It’s really nice to start the year with some family activities and spread the word about Benedict Biscop.”
The feast day of Saint Benedict Biscop was yesterday, the date on which he died.
Mum-of-three Jenni Little, 41, of Chapel Garth, attended the museum event on Saturday, with daughter Stephanie, six, who attends Benedict Biscop Academy.
She said: “It’s nice to celebrate someone who did something for the city.
“The children learn about the saints at school and they spoke about Benedict Biscop’s Saints day, so I thought we would just pop down so she could take part.
“Other people celebrate saints but we don’t seem to do a lot about it here.
“It’s nice to do some family activities.”
Stephanie, who spent her time colouring in the letters of her name like a stained glass window, added: “I’ve enjoyed myself.”