Dinosaur's trip to Norfolk curtailed by coronavirus pandemic

The exhibition had been due to begin at the start of July Credit: Natural History Museum

The Covid-19 outbreak has forced the postponement of Dippy the dinosaur's planned visit to Norwich Cathedral.

The Natural History Museum's 26-metre long skeleton, a life-size cast of a diplodocus, has been touring the country over the past three years, away from its usual home in the main hall of the London museum.

The exhibition in Norwich was the last stop on the tour, and had been due to open on 11 July; that has now been pushed back, with no new date announced.

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Dippy is famous for standing in the main hall of the Natural History Museum in Kensington Credit: Natural History Museum

The cathedral has been closed since the start of the coronavirus lockdown, with services streamed online.

The government has said phase three of their plan to ease the lockdown - which will take place no earlier than 1 July - might see religious buildings reopened.

Nevertheless it is unlikely mass gatherings will be allowed until some time after.

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