A NEW exhibition on Chester-le-Street in the late nineteenth century is painting a picture of a cosmopolitan town bustling with life.

Based on the 1891 census, the display reveals a town enjoying a boom time of clubs and societies, and an influx of visitors from all over the world. According to Audrey Watson, a member of Chester-le-Street Heritage Group, who compiled the exhibition, the town was a more interesting place to live in Victorian times.

She said: "I think Chester-le-Street was a better place to live in 1891 than it is now, both from an architectural and an activity point of view."

The exhibition, called Chester-le-Street in 1891, has been on show all week at the town's main library in Front Street and finishes on Saturday.

More details are available from Audrey Watson on (0191) 3883116 or Edna Stoker on (0191) 3889380.

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