Gospel tickets go on sale

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EXCITED visitors and residents lined up in Durham to snap up tickets for this summer’s unique and eagerly awaited exhibition when they went on sale yesterday.

One of the world’s greatest books and a remarkable landmark of human cultural achievement, the Lindisfarne Gospels, will go on display on July 1 in Durham University’s Palace Green Library alongside some of Britain’s most significant and precious Anglo-Saxons artefacts and medieval manuscripts.

The on-sale date was marked with a preview showcase of some of the pieces which will form part of the three-month festival of events celebrating the exhibition, including the specially formed Lindisfarne Community Choir, a dance piece accompanied by Northumbrian music and a scene from the comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham.

Performers and representatives from the partners involved, including Durham University and the British Library, joined a clamouring queue of choristers, Anglo-Saxons, students, walkers, sportsmen, monks and a host of characters as the tickets went on sale in the historic city yesterday.

For more information about tickets for Lindisfarne Gospels Durham, go to www.lindisfarnegospels.com