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Blessing of LEGO miners’ banners marks end of Durham Cathedral’s LEGO fundraising campaign

Blessing of LEGO miners’ banners marks end of Durham Cathedral’s LEGO fundraising campaign

A set of miniature miners’ banners has been dedicated by the Bishop of Jarrow to mark the conclusion of Durham Cathedral’s fundraising campaign. The campaign began on 11 July 2013 and ends on 25 July 2016.

The dedication ceremony involved a tiny set of scaled down banners, which were carried by LEGO villagers and accompanied by a LEGO brass band, complete with tiny band uniforms. Durham Cathedral’s broderers created the tiny banners.

The dedication mirrors that of full-size banners which takes place in the Cathedral itself every year as part of the Miners’ Festival.


The Bishop of Jarrow

The Bishop of Jarrow dedicates the banners at the mini Miners’ Festival made of LEGO.


Durham Cathedral in LEGO is raising funds to support Open Treasure, the Cathedral’s £10.9 million visitor experience, telling the history of Durham Cathedral through its magnificent collections, which opens to the public on Saturday 23 July 2016.

Gaye Kirby, Head of Development at Durham Cathedral, said:

“Since Durham Cathedral in LEGO was launched in July 2013, our aim had been to recreate the Miners’ Festival Service in LEGO.

“Seeing this come to fruition this weekend with these exquisitely produced miniature banners and the tiny brass band is a real delight and we were extremely grateful to the Bishop of Jarrow for leading the short dedication service.

“Both the Miners’ Festival Service and the LEGO project are real focal points for the community, so we always felt the two should be brought together. We hope now that the LEGO build is coming to an end that our community will join us in celebrating the fruits of the donations to the LEGO build, by visiting our world-class visitor experience, Open Treasure.”


Miners and banners at Durham Cathedral

LEGO miners and banners mark the culmination of the Durham Cathedral LEGO fundraising campaign.


Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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