Sun FM News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 0191 548 77 99

An iconic Sunderland site moves forward

Hylton Castle January 2018

12:14pm 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.

Hylton Castle January 2018 Major Sunderland Cllr Doris McKnight

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.

Share This Story

Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
Jill Colbert

New lead for Children's services in Sunderland

Jill Colbert is the new Director of Children's Services and Chief Executive of Together for Children

Bill Wright 70 years 3K Sunderland run

Sunderland pensioner urges others to join him in a run

70 year old bill Wright is training for the Active Sunderland BIG 3K Run.

Most read
Nissan Qashqai built in Sunderland

'Hundreds of job losses' at Nissan

Brexit is not connected to the changes say bosses.

Newer article

Work gets underway on historic Sunderland buildings

Local: Restoration work on High Street West has begun, including on the original site of Binns department store

Older article

Four-legged recruits keeping us safe over festive period

Local: Northumbria Police's four-legged colleagues have been enjoying their Christmas keeping us safe

Top articles

'Hundreds of job losses' at Nissan

Local: Brexit is not connected to the changes say bosses.

Man arrested over failed Hither Green burglary

National: A man wanted in connection with a failed burglary in southeast London has been arrested more than two weeks later in Kent.

Calls for Natalie Portman to be stripped of Israeli citizenship after award snub

Showbiz: An Israeli politician has called for Natalie Portman to be stripped of her citizenship after she pulled out of a prestigious Jewish awards ceremony.

'Proud' Mesut Ozil pays tribute to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal impact

Sport: Mesut Ozil has declared himself "proud" to have played under Arsene Wenger, who he says played a key role in bringing him to Arsenal.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promises no more nuclear or missile tests

World: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says Pyongyang has suspended its nuclear and long-range missile tests, and will shut down its atomic test site.

Something to relish: Sliced ketchup proves a success

Strange News: A Kickstarter campaign to fund slices of tomato sauce has seen the amount pledged to back it double to more than $30,000 (£21,400).

Facebook instagram logo  Twitter youtube icon   app icon 








Sun FM Facebook


Sun FM Twitter



 facebook  instagram logo twitter youtube icon


Become a Sun FM VIP

Copyright Sun FM Limited 2018

Sun FM accepts no responsibility for the content of external sites.

Sun FM is proud to be part of the UKRD Group of radio stations.