Saint that nice – our own patron

THE unveiling of this glass sculpture marked a double celebration for a Sunderland school today.

The glass cross at St Benet's Primary School, Fulwell Road, was made by sculptor David Mekins, using artwork supplied by pupils.

It commemorates St Benedict Biscop – also known as St Benet – the seventh-century saint, whose life is depicted in six illuminated glass panels in the form of a cross.

The sculpture was inaugurated by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, the Right Rev Kevin Dunn, in a special event which also marked the school's 10th anniversary and the opening of its new extension.

St Benedict Biscop was being formally adopted as Sunderland's first patron saint at a ceremony at St Peter's Church this afternoon, after topping a poll in the Echo.

Team Rector at Sunderland Minster, Canon Stephen Taylor, said: "It's an exciting development for the city and its status and one of the pieces in the jigsaw which helps Sunderland understand its identity."