The new exhibition opened at 10am with schoolchildren among the first visitors. The Gospels were last on display in the North East in 2000 and will remain at Durham University's Palace Green Library until September.
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An event is taking to place to remember the 107 people who died when a World War II bomb hit a North Shields air raid shelter.
Thousands of primary school pupils in the North East are expected to be absent today, as parents pull them out to protest against SATs.
Kerrie Gosney brings you Monday night's forecast