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A CHURCH, a controversial landmark and a heritage centre are just some of the attractions opening their doors this week as part of a national scheme.

St Hilda’s Church, in Church Close, on Hartlepool’s Headland, will open to the public tomorrow and on Saturday and Sunday as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days event.

The initiative gives people a chance to have a glimpse behind the scenes of some of the country’s oldest buildings and landmarks.

The mid-13th century church will be open tomorrow by appointment, from 10am-5pm on Saturday and from noon-5pm on Sunday.

Also taking part in Heritage Open Days are various East Durham attractions.

Pasmore’s Apollo Pavilion, in Sunny Blunts, Peterlee, will be open from 11am-4pm on Saturday and from noon-5pm on Sunday, with guided tours at 12.30pm and 1pm on Saturday and at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm on Sunday. Tours must be pre-booked by calling (0191) 2602191.

St Mary The Virgin, the 12th century parish church in Hall Walks, Easington Village, which has evidence of Saxon origins, is open to the public on Saturday from 10am-4pm.

Seaton Holme, the Grade I listed 13th century manor house, alsoe in Hall Walks, from 10am-4pm today, tomorrow and Saturday and from 11am-3pm on Sunday, with tours each day at 11am and 3pm.

Wheatley Hill Heritage Centre, which provides an insight into life in a 1919 mining village, based in the cemetery in Woodlands Avenue, Wheatley Hill, is also open today from 10am-noon and from 2pm-4pm and on Saturday from 10am-4pm.