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May thrilled by Bayeux Tapestry loan.

THERESA MAY has welcomed plans for the Bayeux Tapestry to come to the UK as "very significant".

The Prime Minister said it was important "the maximum number of people" will be able to see the work depicting the Battle of Hastings.

The British Museum would be "honoured and delighted" to display the tapestry if it comes to the UK, its director has said.

Hartwig Fischer said: "This would be a major loan, probably the most significant ever from France to the UK.

"It is a gesture of extraordinary generosity and proof of the deep ties that link our countries. The Bayeux Tapestry is of huge importance, as it recounts a crucial moment in British and French history, 1066."

He said his institution would be "honoured" to display the tapestry.

But, at Prime Minister's Questions, Mrs May received rival bids for a site to host the tapestry, from MPs whose constituencies had historical ties to the artwork.

Mrs May said: "It is very significant that the Bayeux Tapestry is going to be coming to the UK.

"I am sure we will be looking very carefully to ensure that the maximum number of people can take the benefit of seeing it."

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Date:Jan 18, 2018
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