Pupils bury memories of school at cinema site

Cramlington's Beaconhill Primary School pupils bury a time capsule with General Manager Bruno Coppola at the New  Vue Cinema at Manor Walks Shopping Centre, Cramlington.
Cramlington's Beaconhill Primary School pupils bury a time capsule with General Manager Bruno Coppola at the New Vue Cinema at Manor Walks Shopping Centre, Cramlington.

Youngsters from a Cramlington school have joined forces with the new Vue cinema at Manor Walks to make history.

Pupils from Beaconhill Community Primary School this week buried a time capsule filled with school memorabilia under the new cinema site.

The capsule, which was lowered into the ground under the entrance of the cinema at the shopping centre, will remain buried for 25 years when it will then be dug up by future pupils of the school in 2038.

The time capsule project, which also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the school, gave pupils the chance to put forward the items they felt best represented school life in Cramlington in 2013.

Manor Walks’ general manager Bruno Coppola said: “Our schools, along with the wider Northumberland community, will benefit hugely from having a cinema closer to home and it was wonderful to be able to offer the children from Beaconhill Community Primary School the chance to help make history, particularly during such an important milestone in the school’s history.”

Memorabilia included a DVD tour of the school, a school jumper, a newspaper cutting, class photos, and an anti-bullying wristband.

Teacher Amanda Craigs said: “The children were extremely excited to be involved with the time capsule project and everyone has been working very hard on their suggestions.

“Our pupils can’t wait to be able to see the commemorative plaque once the cinema is officially open.”

The redevelopment of Manor Walks Shopping and Leisure forms part of a multi-million pound investment and will also bring a range of new restaurants and cafes to the Cramlington-based centre and is due to open summer 2013.

Tim Richards, CEO of Vue Entertainment, added: “We are delighted to be providing Cramlington with Northumberland’s only multiplex cinema complex, something we believe every community should have.
“The cinema will be a vibrant place to relax and enjoy time with friends and family, and this investment in Cramlington will ensure that the town remains alive into the evening.”