Sunderland’s Kate Adie opens flower festival at Durham Cathedral

Veteran BBC correspondent Kate Adie attends the spectacular festival of flowers and design called Jewels of the North at Durham Cathedral. Jewels of the North is inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels which are on display in Durham for summer 2013 on loan from the British Library.
Veteran BBC correspondent Kate Adie attends the spectacular festival of flowers and design called Jewels of the North at Durham Cathedral. Jewels of the North is inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels which are on display in Durham for summer 2013 on loan from the British Library.
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KATE Adie returned to her native North East to open a major flower festival in Durham Cathedral.

Kate is patron of Jewels of the North, which sees the cathedral festooned in flowers and other displays – this year with the theme of the Lindisfarne Gospels.

“I have only once before seen a cathedral filled with flowers, which was Peterborough a few years ago,” said Kate.

“That was a truly magnificent sight and when I was asked to be patron of Jewels of the North, I knew I could not say no.

“Growing up in Sunderland, Durham Cathedral was known as the church on the hill.

“That is how I still think of it now, and it has always been a wonderfully-inspirational building.

“To see this glorious cathedral garlanded with flowers on an unprecedented scale is a sight to behold.”

The flowers will be on display until Wednesday.

Other Jewels in the North events 
include an evening with Kate, and 
Eric Robson of Gardeners’ Question 
Time, a brass concert, and a production in the cathedral of Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

Details of the events are on the cathedral’s website: www.durhamcathedral.co.uk.