A TOURING woollen Bible which wowed crowds in its birthplace of Hartlepool – and even impressed the editor of a German newspaper – is leaving the town for its next stop 27 miles away.
The impressive knitted storycase of the scenes of the bible has been on a tour of the country and was back home in Hartlepool for a two-week display.
Its homecoming attracted dozens of people of all ages, who were religious and non-religious, to the St George’s United Reformed Church, in the town’s Park Road, who all admired the intricate knitted characters from the holy book until Saturday.
News of its return even reached a German newspaper whose editor called church elders to seek permission for use of a photograph of the woolly book and figures.
But after a fortnight wowing the crowds, church elder Chris Eddowes said it was now on the road again, this time stopping at the Northgate United Reformed Church, in Darlington, where it will also be put on display.
Chris told the Mail: “The bible is off to Darlington which is only a short hop this time. It’s off on travels further afield down south and across to the west after that.
“We were delighted to have it back here in Hartlepool and we had lots of people come to see it. Some were interested in arts and crafts, it wasn’t just people who are religious.
“It was nice to see a variety of people coming, young and old.”
She added: “The reception it got is just amazing and our ministers were contacted by a newspaper in Germany about it as well.
“The editor had asked if they could use the picture of it on our website. We’re going international!”
Chris said she hoped to be able to set up a Facebook page for the bible to make a blog of the cloth book’s journey.
It made a return back to Hartlepool to be checked over to have any minor repairs carried out if needed.