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Plan will make the most of jewel in the city's crown.

Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor

NEWCASTLE needs to "shout from the rooftops" about the jewel in its crown - St Nicholas' Cathedral, it was said yesterday. A PS4m project has been launched to give the landmark a much wider role in the life of the city.

The cathedral is working on a bid, which will be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund later this year, for a substantial part of the money, but it must also raise PS500,000 itself.

Cathedral development co-ordinator Canon John Sadler said: "We want to shout from the rooftops and spread the message about our city's jewel."

And Kate Sussams, who yesterday started work as the cathedral's first ever director of operations, said: "The aim is to help the cathedral realise its full potential.

"It is about saying we are here for the people of Newcastle. This is the site where, with the nearby castle, the story of Newcastle began and the cathedral should be an emblem of the city."

She was formerly manager of the project to refurbish the Black Gate and Castle Keep and turn them into a heritage gateway for Newcastle.

Since the Black Gate and Castle reopened in March after upgrading work, they have attracted 17,500 visitors - 205% up on last year.

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Kate Sussams outside St Nicholas' Cathedral yesterday Iain Buist

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
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