Free Bibles are handed out to mark the jubilee

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MORE than 8,000 bibles are being given out to communities to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

County churches are handing out the New Testaments which feature a union flag on the cover and a jubilee inscription.

In Wilbarston, children at the Church of England primary school and children in the village who go to other schools are being offered the Bible.

Gleneagles Church in Wellingborough, which meets in Redwell Junior School, is distributing the books to both staff and pupils at the junior and infant schools.

Redwell Junior School headteacher Sue Peel said: “We would like to say thank you to members of the church.

“This is such a lovely gesture and such a special gift.”

Redwell Infants headteacher Anne Jackson said: “It’s something the children and staff can keep forever.”

On Saturday, June 2, All Saints and All Hallows Church in Wellingborough is holding a children’s party for the church family and each child will be given a bible.

In Mears Ashby the parish church is offering a bible to each house in the village.

And in Ecton the Village Jubilee Committee is distributing bibles to all children who live in the village or attend a regular activity there.

The Bishop of Peterborough, the Right Reverend Donald Allister, has pointed out the special links between the Bible and British culture. He said: “I am delighted that so many New Testaments are being given away as part of the county’s jubilee celebrations.

“The Bible has been at the heart of our national life for many centuries and should remain so.”

There is a strong historic link between the jubilee and the Bible. At her coronation in 1953, the Queen was given a Bible by the Archbishop of Canterbury with the words “To keep your majesty ever-mindful of the law and the Gospel of God, we present you with this Book, the most valuable thing that this world affords.”

The Bibles include images from the coronation and the Queen’s life, linking her reign and her Christian faith.