HARTLEPOOL residents were at the heart of a Bible journey celebrating a historic milestone.
The King James Bible celebrates its 400th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion a historic copy of the book was taken on a four-week journey through the region.
As part of the celebrations, public readings were made at a number of different venues in the town.
People gathered as the hour-long readings took place and Hartlepool MP Iain Wright also supported the journey by making an appearance when the Bible stopped at the Central Library, in York Road.
As part of Hartlepool’s involvement, the bible also visited St Mary Magdalene Church, in Hart Village, the Town Square, on the Headland, Ward Jackson Park, St Cuthbert’s RC Church, in Stockton Road, English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, Grange Road Methodist Church, St John the Baptist Church, in Greatham and All Saints Church, Stranton.
Julia Taylor, the deanery co-ordinator in Hartlepool, helped organise the journey through Hartlepool and said it was a success.
Mrs Taylor said: “I am very pleased with how it went.
“People turned out at each of the events and it was great to get the message across and let people have a look at the Bible.
“Hartlepool played a major part in the journey, it was brilliant for the town to be involved.”
Chris Eddowes, the elder at St George’s Church, in Park Road, Hartlepool, said: “The King James Bible is an absolutely brilliant piece of work.
“Until you read it you don’t realise just how much things have changed and how language has moved on.
“It was a real success when it came to Hartlepool, people supported it and showed a real interest.
“Different denominations came together as well which was fantastic.
“It’s nice for people to know about church in Hartlepool and for them to get the chance to read such a fantastic piece of work.”