News: Bill Bryson nominates Durham Cathedral for Heritage Site of the Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2017

People across the North East are being encouraged to vote for Durham Cathedral, after Bill Bryson nominated the Cathedral for Heritage Site of the Year in the prestigious BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2017.

Part of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral is renowned as one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe and the resting place of St Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede. Durham Cathedral is the only Heritage Site from the North of England to appear in this year’s short-list for Heritage Site of the Year, which also includes Stonehenge, Rutland Water, Tenby and Skara Brae.

The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham Cathedral, said: “We are delighted to hear that Durham Cathedral has been nominated for Heritage Site of the Year. Not only is Durham Cathedral steeped in history and tradition, it is also a living heritage site which continues to play an important role in the lives of many people today. We would encourage as many people as possible to vote in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2017, and extend our congratulations to the other worthy nominees.”

Former Chancellor of Durham Cathedral Bill Bryson, who nominated Durham Cathedral for the award, said: “I have a sentimental attachment to Durham because I was chancellor at the university for seven years, so was constantly in and out of the cathedral. Almost 1,000 years old, it is unquestionably one of the supreme achievements of the architectural world, and the most thoroughly satisfying building I know – a wonder to behold from every possible vantage point, inside and out.”

Now in their sixth year, the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2017 are a celebration of the British countryside and its people – from great heritage attractions to favourite holiday destinations. This year’s award nominations appear in the February issue of BBC Countryfile Magazine, on sale 19 January 2017, and feature 12 categories selected by a panel of experts in each field.

Editor Fergus Collins says: “The awards provide a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to the best of the British countryside. Our experts have nominated a range of exceptional contenders and I look forward to discovering which of the nominees prove the popular favourites with our readers.”

Voting opened on 19 January and closes on 28 February. The winners will be announced in an online ceremony mid-March and will appear in the May issue of the magazine, on sale 7 April.

Visit before 28 February to cast your vote. Readers can also vote via post by sending the form in the February issue of the magazine to BBC Countryfile Magazine, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol, BS1 3BN.

Other nominees from the North of England include the Northumberland Coast for Holiday Destination of the Year, Embleton Bay Northumberland for Beach of the Year, the Farne Islands for Nature Reserve of the Year, and the Lake District for Landmark of the Year.

Added Friday 20th January 2017