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A Chance to Dig up South Tyneside's History

Residents are being invited to unearth their very own piece of history at one of South Tyneside's best-loved parks thanks to funding received from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

All members of the family are encouraged to take part in an archaeological dig on the site of the Victorian Trinity Towers on the Lawe Top, North Marine Park, in South Shields, on Wednesday 21 August, from 10am until 4pm.

During the supervised dig, budding historians will be provided with the equipment and the advice they need to delve into the park's hidden past.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Lead Member for Leisure and Culture, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy a great day out in the park while helping to explore its history.

"I would encourage residents to come along and get involved as you never know what you might discover."

The event will also feature an area where young children can take part in a dig of their own to search for a piece of the park's past and be entered into a prize draw for some goodies from Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort.

There will be archaeologists from Arbeia on hand to assist with the dig which is supported by the Friends of North and South Marine Parks.

Archaeologist, Nick Hodgson, Head of Collections at Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM) who has lead several digs at Arbeia, said: "I'd recommend for anyone to come along and get stuck in. This part of the world has been populated for over 10,000 years so you never know what may lie beneath your feet."

For more information please visit, www.southtyneside.gov.uk/whatson or contact NorthMarine.Park@southtyneside.gov.uk

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