An iconic Sunderland site moves forward
12:14pm 12th January 2018
(Updated 12:16pm 12th January 2018)
The next step of breathing life back into a 14th century Sunderland landmark's taking place.
To mark the start of Hylton Castle's restoration, a time capsule was buried at the site.
Thanks to a 4 and half million pounds of Heritage Lottery funding it's now being transformed into a 21st Century education and visitor centre.
Cllr. Doris McKnight, Mayor of Sunderland, says she's overjoyed to have reached this stage.
Pupils from Castle View Enterprise Academy, Hylton Castle Primary, Castletown Primary and Northern Saints Church of England Primary have been creating digital content for the capsule.
It's filled with images, films and photographs containing their highlights of 2017 and their aspirations for the future of the castle and surrounding local community.
Schoolchildren handed over their time capsule to the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Doris MacKnight, so she could officially present it on behalf of the city to the contactors William Birch & Sons Ltd to add to the fabric of the building.
The Mayor, who is also a local ward councillor and member of the Friends of Hylton Castle and Dene voluntary group who have campaigned for more than 20 years for the restoration, tells Sun FM it's great to see action happening.
Invited guests were welcomed to the closed site including representatives from the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage, Sunderland City Council, the Friends of Hylton Castle and Dene, and members of local community and heritage groups from across the city.
Head of Projects and Performance at English Heritage, Simon Bead added:
"It is a privilege to care for Hylton Castle, and we are delighted to hear about the Time Capsule."
"Our ethos is to bring history alive and it is fantastic to know that the legacy of these children and their community will be told in a meaningful way to future generations."
"We are very pleased that work is to commence at Hylton Castle and its longevity will be assured as one of the country's most impressive gatehouse towers."
During the presentation of the time capsule ceremony, schoolchildren had the chance to meet local author Alan Parkinson and listen to his version of the local folktale 'The Cauld Lad of Hylton Castle' while the Mayor cut a celebratory cake.