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Beamish Museum reopens after child died

Beamish Museum is opening despite the incident in which a child died. The museum closed immediately after it happened on Sunday afternoon but said it would disappoint visitors if it did not open again today.

The safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. The decision to open today was taken after consultation with Durham Police and the Health and Safety Executive.

This tragic accident involved a steam roller and all road steam has been suspended until completion of the investigation.

The Museum is aware of many people planning to travel a long distance to visit today and felt it should open so as not to disappoint these people.

Our thoughts remain with the family, and we thank everyone for their kind words.

– Statement from Beamish Museum

Witness describes attempts to save child at Beamish Museum

A visitor has described how paramedics desperately tried to bring the boy back to life.

Cllr Carl Marshall said: "I was visiting the museum with the family. We were in the events field. We noticed an incident."

"There was what appeared to be a child. There were Beamish vehicles on scene. The paramedic arrived and started to work on the casualty. Within a couple of minutes things got more frantic. A defibrillator came out."

"The after a couple more minutes they walked away and a blanket came out."

"It's a tragic event and it has rocked this community."

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Draw made to decide flame honour

Tanni Grey Thompson making the draw at The King's Academy, Middlesbrough Credit: ITV

A draw has been made to select who will have the honour of collecting a splinter of the English Flame and bring it to a ceremony in the North East.

The Flame Celebration is being held at the Beamish Museum in County Durham on August 24.

Part of the English Flame (which will later become the Paralympic Flame) is being brought up from Trafalgar Square in London by a nominated disabled person. The flame will then be used at the ceremony in Beamish.

Former Paralympic athlete, Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson made the draw at The King's Academy in Middlesbrough this afternoon.

The winning nominated will be announced on June 8.

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