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.