SCHOOLCHILDREN helped preserve a bit of Sunderland’s history when they buried a time capsule on the site of a new superstore.
The capsule contained a recording from radio station SunFM, a signed Black Cats shirt and the latest edition of the Sunderland Echo. Staff at Sainsbury’s also produced a scrapbook to put inside.
Youngsters from Castle View Enterprise Academy, Southwick Community School, Hylton Red House Primary and Sunderland College were on hand at the new store on Wessington Way, where they were helped by contractors Bowmer & Kirkland and the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Iain Kay.
Scott Newton, 13, from Castle View School, said: “We’ve contributed a tie and scarf that we wear in school and a mousemat with a picture of Castle View School on it.”
Fellow Castle View pupil Alex Neisbet, 12, added: “It’s exciting because I will be able to say that I helped when they do pull it back up.”
The new 64,000sqft store is set to open in a few weeks and has created hundreds of jobs.
Store manager Chris Stevens said: “When we open a store, we do like to get involved with the community, so it’s all about engaging with the local schools and community groups to come and work as a partnership with Sainsbury’s rather than just opening a new outlet.”