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The impact of the Lindisfarne Gospels

It's been estimated that the Lindisfarne Gospels brought £8.3million into the region's economy. The famous book was at Durham University’s Palace Green Library over the summer. The money generated was taken in at the city's restaurants, cafes and hotels.

"The passion and enthusiasm for the Gospels enveloped the whole of the City, which is reflected in the extremely positive feedback we have received from many of the businesses who reported a significant upturn in trade over the summer."

– Durham City Chamber of Trade

100,000 people, from 58 countries, visited the exhibition.

The visitors book gathered 6046 comments from members of the public.

"I found the whole experience profoundly moving."

"I couldn’t believe I was seeing the real thing! Fantastic!"

– Comments in the visitor book

Report: Last chance to see the Lindisfarne Gospels

Today is the last chance to see the Lindisfarne Gospels at Durham Cathedral. It brings to an end a three month exhibition in the centre of Durham City.

Almost 100,000 people have been to see the gospels, which will be returned to the British Library later this week.

They attracted visitors from across the world and have brought in millions of pounds to the region.

Frances Read reports.

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Last chance to see the Lindisfarne Gospels

The Lindisfarne Gospels has been on display there since the beginning of July.

Today is the last chance to see the Lindisfarne Gospels at Durham Cathedral.

The book has been on display there since the beginning of July.

During that time, 100,000 tickets for the exhibition were sold. It all comes to an end this evening, September 30.

The book will be returned to its permanent home in the British Library in London in the next week.

The Lindisfarne Gospels will be returned to its permanent home in the British Library in London. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Full Report: Jewels of the North transforms Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is a spectacular building in itself and even more so at the moment, as it has been transformed with stunning flower arrangements on an unprecedented scale.

The Jewels of the North display, which is made up of 30,000 blooms, will officially open to the public from tomorrow.

The festival of flowers is inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels which are on display in the city.

Watch the full report from Julie Harrison below.

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Cathedral prepares to host 'Jewels of the North'

200 people have been involved in the festival preparation Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Durham will continue its summer in the spotlight, as it prepares to host a festival of flowers. The event has been inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels, which are currently on display in the city.

The festival is called Jewels of the North and involves flower clubs across Northumberland and County Durham. It will open on 30th August.

Tens of thousands of people have visited Durham this summer to see the Gospels exhibition. It is taking place a short distance from the cathedral, on Palace Green.

Gospels bring tourism boost to Durham

Businesses in Durham say they're enjoying a boost, thanks to the Lindisfarne Gospels.

The ancient manuscript is on display as part of a summer-long exhibition on Palace Green. It is usually kept at the British Library in London.

Traders and tourist attractions say they've seen a surge in visitors since the exhibition began, leading to a 'feel good factor' across the city.

Watch Helen Ford's report here:

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