AS Kynren prepares to return for its third summer season, it is easy to be blasé about the open-air spectacular that has made its home in Bishop Auckland.

Thousands of us have watched the theatrical romp through 2,000 years of British history, and thousands more have seen pictures or video of fireworks exploding over a backdrop of Durham Cathedral or actors re-enacting one of the battles from the English Civil War.

Yet just because the scenes are now familiar, it does not make them any less remarkable. It is still incredible that such a ground-breaking concept has flourished in County Durham.

It has brought a flurry of visitors into Bishop Auckland, and provided a focal point for the town’s ongoing redevelopment. It has enabled more than 1,000 volunteers to contribute to something special, whether as actors, designers, marshalls or in a host of different roles. And it has provided spectators of all generations with a wonderful night out.

Jonathan Ruffer, whose money kick-started the ambitious project, should be extremely proud of what he has helped develop. Indeed, all those involved in this year’s show, which is reviewed by Chris Lloyd in today’s Northern Echo, should be proud of their efforts.

The third season of Kynren runs from June 30 to September 15, and we hope it is another huge success.

There were plenty of doubters when the project first got off the ground, but Kynren has quickly become established as a cornerstone of North-East culture. Long may it continue.