Young people from schools in Ingleby Barwick are marking an exciting stage in the town’s development.
Pupils from Myton Park Primary School and All Saints Church of England Academy have created a time capsule to record what life is like in 2017 ahead of works starting on the new Ingleby Barwick Leisure and Library complex.
It was presented to the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Ken Dixon. He said: “The leisure and library complex is going to be integral to the community for many generations to come and the time capsule is a great way for families of the future to learn about the history of the town and Borough.
“It is fantastic that these children have the opportunity to be involved in the facility’s development and I am really looking forward to it opening so they can enjoy all it will offer.”
Headteacher of Myton Park Primary School, Elisabeth Lee, said: “The children are really excited about the upcoming leisure facility and were delighted to have the opportunity to show their time capsule to the Mayor. With support from Mrs Charlene Roberts and Mr Andrew Busby, they thought carefully about what they would like to include and have been working hard to create fact sheets and information about what life is like in 2017.
“They’ve even made their own predictions about what life will be like in 100 years, including flying cars, living through virtual reality, having a transportation device and being taught through online teachers with tablets.”
Headteacher of All Saints CE Academy, Kevin Mann, said: “The Mayor is a long-time advocate and supporter of the development of education and leisure in Ingleby Barwick so we are delighted to be working with him and pupils from Myton Park Primary to ensure a lasting and memorable record of the variety and experience of life within our community at this time is created through the time capsule project.
“We are all really looking forward to the start of the leisure centre build and even more so to the time when we can start to use those new and exciting facilities.”
Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Councillor Bob Cook, added: “The new leisure and library complex will bring excellent services for both residents and visitors from across the Borough to enjoy when it opens next year.
“In the meantime I am looking forward to watching the scheme progress and I am really pleased that young people who will benefit from the facility are being involved in its development from the start.”
The multi-million pound leisure centre, library and customer service point will feature a wide range of facilities including swimming pools, a health and fitness suite, a gym and community access library.
Construction is expected to start later this year with the facility opening to the public in 2018. It will be operated by Tees Active Leisure which already operates high quality fitness and leisure venues across Stockton Borough.