Read Bede brings Anglo-Saxon world to life for children

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THE life and works of the Venerable Bede have been brought to life for schoolchildren.

Pupils have been invited to take part in the Read Bede project at Durham Cathedral, a tribute to the celebrated Saint.

More than 100 volunteers will read aloud sections of Bede’s most famous work, The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, at Bede’s Shrine in The Galilee Chapel over the next few days.

The volunteer readers include nine pupils from the Venerable Bede Academy in Ryhope.

Yesterday, the pupils read 10 chapters from Book One of The Ecclesiastical History, which outlines the history of England from Caesar’s invasion in 55 BC to the arrival of Christianity with St Augustine in 597 AD.

Joseph Pattison, 14, from the Venerable Bede Academy said: “Bede was very knowledgeable and his writing is really interesting. It makes me proud to know that Bede came from Sunderland.”

Nathan Greenwood, 14, also goes to the academy. He said: “It was really scary reading aloud in front of lots of people in the Galilee Chapel but really exciting too.

“Bede uses lots of big words, which can be confusing, but I have really enjoyed being part of Read Bede.”

Read Bede will run from 9.30am each day until Saturday.