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Time capsule buried at The Witham in Barnard Castle
A COPY of The Northern Echo is among items in a time capsule being buried to celebrate the restoration of a landmark arts complex.
The capsule was buried as the finishing touches are being made to The Witham, in Horse Market, Barnard Castle, which has undergone a £3.2million project to create a state-of-the-art venue.
The complex features a theatre and cinema, cafe bar and studio space. It will also house a Durham County Council customer access point and an extended and refurbished library.
With the final touches nearly complete, the time capsule was buried. It is dated to be opened in 50 years time.
A piece of original wallpaper, an envelope to the Food Control Office based at The Witham in 1943, documents relating to the redevelopment and other literature are among other items to be buried.
Councillor Neil Foster, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We are delighted that the final stage of the project is underway with both The Witham and the county council staff preparing to move back into the refurbished buildings.
“They will be a central hub for arts, culture, leisure and access to council services right at the heart of the town centre.”
Chris Clark, director and chairman of The Witham, added: “We look forward to welcoming people into the buildings over the coming months for a variety of events and to see local groups return and new organisations and businesses take advantage of the vastly improved and modernised facilities.”
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