East End church celebrates 293rd year

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EVERYONE is welcome to a special service at a historical church on Sunday.

Holy Trinity Church in the East End will celebrate the 293rd anniversary of its dedication.

The Grade-I listed building is believed to be one of the oldest in Sunderland and is only open a few times a year.

Father Andrew, of St Ignatius Church, in Hendon will lead the service, which starts at 3pm.

Sunderland Old Township Heritage Society is supporting the event and hopes it will mark a relaunch for the society.

Its activities begin again in October with an open day in the church and a search for new members who are interested in the area’s history.

Plans to turn Holy Trinity into a heritage, performance and culture centre were unveiled in May as part of the Canny Space Project by the Churches Conservation Trust.

The fine Georgian building was to serve generations of Wearsiders but, due to mounting bills and dwindling congregations, the Trust took it over in 1988.

Now CCT has joined forces with four Sunderland organisations – The Bunker, Living History North East, Hendon Young Peoples’ Project and university – to safeguard its future.