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Gospels draw crowds

09 August 2013

JIM CRAIG/SANCTUARY ARTSPACE

Holy tag: Graffiti Gospels, a collaboration inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels, now on show in Sanctuary Artspace, St Edmund's Chapel, Gateshead, until 29 August. Features

Holy tag: Graffiti Gospels, a collaboration inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels, now on show in Sanctuary Artspace, St Edmund's Chapel, Gateshead, until 29 August. Features

MORE than 30,000 people, from 22 countries, have seen the Lindisfarne Gospels during the first month of their exhibition in Durham (Media, 21 June; News, 26 July).

The 1300-year-old illuminated manuscripts are on loan from the British Library, and the display's organisers predict at least another 50,000 visitors before it closes on 30 September.

The director of the Lindisfarne Gospels Durham programme, Keith Bartlett, said that they were "delighted" by the public's response. "Ticket sales remain steady after the exhibition's initial opening," he said. "There are over 1000 comments in the visitor book, with the words 'wonderful', 'excellent', 'fantastic', 'interesting', and 'amazing' appearing most frequently."

Local businesses have also reported a 25-per-cent increase in trade, as tens of thousands of tourists attend asso- ciated events across the north-east.

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