Cash helps town mark its history

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THE history of a 2000-year-old town is being celebrated with a £11,000 boost.

The cash from the Chester-le-Street and District Area Action Partnership (AAP) has been used to update the Chester-le-Street Heritage Trail, which details the history of the town, boosting visitors and tourism.

The trail was developed in 2004 by the now defunct district council. It was looking the worse for wear so Chester-le-Street Heritage Group applied to the AAP for funding to give it a lift.

Funding is also paying for a leaflet encouraging people to make use of the trail.

Andrew Megginson, AAP co-ordinator, said: “The heritage trail is a fantastic, well-used resource which celebrates the town’s rich history, so we were delighted to support the project.”

Eight boards reveal facts about various parts of the town, which was built on the site of a Roman fort.

The trail begins at the civic centre, and information on the turreted Bridge Hotel, Deanery Dovecote and Roman Fort is featured.

A relaunch event will take place on April 20 at 3pm, at St Mary’s and St Cuthbert’s Parish Centre, Church Chare, in the town.