A SPECIAL Bishopwearmouth walking tour is stepping out on Tuesday 4 December at 2pm – just bring a National Lottery ticket.
It has been organised by the City Council to say ‘thank you’ to people who have helped raised money for good causes by buying lottery tickets. Please meet at Town Park – the green space next to the Minster.
Sunderland’s Bishopwearmouth Conservation Area is one of hundreds of participating National Lottery-funded sites across the UK saying ‘thanks’ with walks.
The idea is simple: present a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard on the day and you can join the walking tour.
The Bishopwearmouth Townscape Heritage Scheme has received £1.9m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7.8bn of National Lottery funding since 1994. This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”
Tuesday’s tour will focus on the architectural highlights of the Bishopwearmouth Conservation Area, explain plans for the historic building restoration projects and landscaping works to rejuvenate Town Park, which are due to start in 2019.
Councillor Stuart Porthouse, the City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing Regeneration, said: “Thanks to lottery funding there’s very exciting plans for this historic area of our city and here’s the lottery saying ‘thanks’ to all the players who have helped. This is a great opportunity to hear more about the background and history of Bishopwearmouth and what’s in the pipeline.”
The five year Townscape Heritage Scheme within the Bishopwearmouth Conservation Area will provide grant assistance to owners and tenants of historic buildings. And, undertake improvements to the open space which forms the medieval core of the conservation area, and provide a range of activities and events to promote the heritage of the area.
Judith Miller, the council’s Townscape Heritage Project Officer, who is leading the tour said: “Thanks to National Lottery players we’ve been able to investigate further the fascinating history of Bishopwearmouth, and we look forward to sharing its history and architecture with our visitors on 4 December.”
For more information, please go to [www.sunderland.gov.uk/bishopwearmouth]www.sunderland.gov.uk/bishopwearmouth