OLD photographs of Durham will take centre stage at an exhibition on Saturday.

The photographs, which have been collected by Michael Richardson, from Gilesgate, date from the 1850s to the 1960s and include some of the earliest photographs of the city, from when the viaduct was under construction in 1854.

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Durham's police box in the Market Place, pictured in the early 1960s

Mr Richardson, who is staging the event at St Giles Church, has collated the pictures in a new book, called Lost Durham.

He said: “A lot of the photos come from places like post cards and auctions and other collectors. They’ve come from all over England, and some from Australia and Europe and the majority have never been seen before.”

The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm and entry is by donation for church funds. Refreshments will be available and there will be music by George Hetherington and Revd Tom Glover.