Pupils leave their mark in history following store work

Sainsbury's Store Manager Gerry Storey seen with young pupils from Whitley Bay's Southridge First School including Harvey Higgins (front) seen burying a time capsule at the Monkseaton store.
Sainsbury's Store Manager Gerry Storey seen with young pupils from Whitley Bay's Southridge First School including Harvey Higgins (front) seen burying a time capsule at the Monkseaton store.

CHILDREN have cemented their place in history as well as their links with a supermarket chain.

Pupils from Southridge First School, in Whitley Bay, were on hand to bury a time capsule at the new look Sainsbury’s store on the outskirts of the town.

A total of 16 Year 2 students, accompanied by the deputy headmistress and some parents, buried the capsule at the newly-expanded 47,000 sq ft store.

Mementoes in the capsule included photographs of the children and Sainsbury’s colleagues, examples of pupils’ work, a Comic Relief red nose, a list of the top 40 tunes of the day, plus items from pupils’ and Sainsbury’s uniforms.

A plaque was mounted to mark the spot.

Deputy headteacher Christine Brownlee said: “We’re delighted to be part of the re-opening of the new store, which has such strong links with the community.

“The children were excited and proud to be part of this time capsule project, and we’re looking forward to working with Sainsbury’s on further events in the future.”

Store manager Gerry Storey said: “Burying the time capsule is a great way to mark our new look, and we’re delighted to welcome pupils from our local store to mark the occasion.

“It’ll be fascinating to see what the store will look like when the time capsule is dug up in years to come.”