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Wearmouth-Jarrow World Heritage nomination progresses
St Peter's and St Paul's churches
The twin monasteries are united by a common purpose

The next step for the Wearmouth-Jarrow World Heritage bid has taking place on Benedict Biscop Day.

The nomination file, which includes the churches of St Peter, in Sunderland, and St Paul, in South Tyneside, was sent to London on 12 January.

The official submission of the nomination to become a World Heritage Site will take place in February.

The twin Anglo-Saxon monastery won the nomination in 2009 but the submission was delayed in 2010 until 2011.

The campaign to achieve World Heritage Status was launched almost 10 years ago in 2002 by the Wearmouth-Jarrow Partnership.

The monastery won the World Heritage bid in 2006.

One of the final steps took place on Sunderland's patron saint day, Benedict Biscop Day, and the file containing the signatures of support and all of the information was sent to the government in London.

'Recognition'

Cllr Denny Wilson, portfolio holder for Safer City and Culture, Sunderland Council; Cllr Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader, South Tyneside Council and the Right Reverend Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow, chairman of the Wearmouth-Jarrow Partnership.
The Wearmouth-Jarrow partnership sends off the official nomination

Being the UK's nomination for World Heritage Site status could have major implications for the North East economy and its international profile.

Signatures were collected in a "Book of Life" to emphasise the support of the bid on a local and national level.

In 2006, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and David Miliband showed their support by signing the book while visiting the North East.

If the bid succeeds, the site would join the prestigious list of Unesco World Heritage Sites which already includes Hadrian's Wall, Durham Cathedral and Castle, the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids.

Reverend Stephen Taylor of Sunderland Minster said: "It would give it that recognition. When you look into it, it was a phenomenal event in the 7th Century.

"To have that recognised as World Heritage just keeps it up there... so people can see and access that and think 'why is that World Heritage Site?' and 'Why is Biscop and Bede so important today?'."




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