On May 7th 2002, crowds gathered in Grainger Town to cheer and wave Union Jacks. The Queen climbed the steps of St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle to officially unveil the memorial sculpture of Cardinal Hume, one of the city’s favourite sons. The 3m high bronze sculpture portrays Cardinal Hume, dressed in his Benedictine habit.
Cardinal Basil Hume was born in Newcastle, he was the Ninth Archbishop of Westminster and a Benedictine Monk. The sculpture stands on a flat stone plinth in the shape of the Northumbrian Island of Lindisfarne.