Cave hosts Bible reading

A COUNTRYSIDE cave will be one of the more unusual locations for celebratory Bible readings.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the writing of the King James Bible and to mark the occasion readings will take place across the country.

But one of the most unusual and atmospheric venues can be found in Hartburn.

Worshippers from the Benefice churches of Bolam, Hartburn with Meldon, Netherwitton and Whalton will meet at the Hartburn Grotto in the Glebe woodland to enjoy readings by candlelight.

The cave, with its fireplace and tunnel, was built by an 18th Century vicar, who also landscaped the woodland in which it sits.

Readings will be done by young and older members of the community, as well as by local author and playwright Barry Stone and storyteller Jim Grant.

The celebration will take place on Sunday at 3pm. All are welcome to attend.