Family day will celebrate Sunderland’s own patron saint

Monastery founder: above, Benedict Biscop and below, St Peter's at Wearmouth.
Monastery founder: above, Benedict Biscop and below, St Peter's at Wearmouth.
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JOIN in the celebrations to mark Sunderland’s patron saint.

To honour the 10th anniversary of Benedict Biscop becoming the patron saint of the city, there will be a family day of celebration at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens on Saturday.

St Peter's at Wearmouth.

St Peter's at Wearmouth.

Everyone is invited to come along to the Pottery Gallery between 11am-12.30pm and 1.30-3pm to join in with an Anglo-Saxon activity day.

Activities include object investigation stalls, information trails and children’s craft activities.

Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for public health, wellness and culture, Coun John Kelly said: “Benedict Biscop occupies a unique position in the history of, not only Sunderland, but also in the history of learning, international collaboration and cultural exchange.

“These are themes that are important to the city and continue to influence decisions as we look to the future. The investment in the landscape around St Peter’s, the ever-developing university and the recent announcement that we are to be a host port for the 2018 Tall Ships Races show that we are gaining a well-earned reputation for being an attractive, diverse, well informed and welcoming city.”

Benedict Biscop (628 - 690) made a huge contribution to both Sunderland and the Christian Church by establishing the twin Anglo-Saxon monasteries of St Peter’s at Wearmouth and a few years later St Paul’s at Jarrow.

He is the patron saint of Sunderland and the monasteries he established became an internationally renowned centre for learning and creativity producing remarkable scholars including the Venerable Bede.

There will also be Benedict Biscop-themed storytelling at 1pm and visitors can see a specially designed proggy mat made by Sunderland community groups as part of the Traces of Wearmouth Project displayed in the Textile Traditions Gallery.

Benedict Biscop day is celebrated on January 12 each year.