Sunderland life frozen in time capsule under new store

Pupils from Hudson Road primary school along with the Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland Norma Wright and Valerie Sibley help to bury a time capsule to commemorate the �15million Primark expansion at the Bridges.

Pupils from Hudson Road primary school along with the Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland Norma Wright and Valerie Sibley help to bury a time capsule to commemorate the �15million Primark expansion at the Bridges.

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LIFE in Sunderland in 2012 was frozen in time in a commemorative time capsule.

It was buried to commemorate the £15million Primark expansion and investment at The Bridges, after a Year Four class from Hudson Road Primary School added letters to the future, artwork and drawings.

Eight-year-old Abby Jenkins put a self portrait into the capsule.

“I don’t think I’m a very good artist, so I don’t know what people will think when they dig it up, but it is exciting coming to bury the capsule,” she said.

Shaleah Huda said he liked the idea of people seeing his letter in the future.

“I wrote a letter about me and my friends and my favourite things and a picture of myself. It’s really good that people will see it in the future.”

Fellow Hendon nine-year-old Brooke Harrison also added a letter to the capsule.

“I wrote a letter about my friends and I think it will be finding my letter when they dig it up. It’s exciting.”

A copy of yesterday’s Sunderland Echo was added to box, which was buried on the site of the new Primark.

Lee Collins, building surveying manager at Land Securities, which is responsible for delivering the project, said: “We have adopted a non-stop approach to corporate responsibility and we are always looking for different ways to engage with schools in the area.

“Laying the capsule in the new Primark site is the perfect chance to demonstrate our commitment to the children of Sunderland.

“This is a special day for The Bridges and Hudson Road Primary School, and is creating a little piece of history for Sunderland.

“On a practical level, this allows us to educate children about the dangers of playing on building sites.

“We hope the class will return to the centre in years to come for its reopening.”

The capsule team was joined Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Norma Wright, and the Mayoress Councillor Valerie Sibley.

“I think it’s a fantastic event for the children,” said Coun Wright.

“It helps them focus on their lives now, and talking with them I know they are very excited about the prospect of it being dug up 25 years down the line.”

She added: “It’s good for the school and The Bridges.

“I think it shows what a marvellous contribution the Bridges team make to out city.”

Construction work will see The Bridges extended to include a three-storey 60,000 sq ft Primark store.

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