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Making history

The major plans unveiled this week for Newark Castle have the potential to bring in thousands of extra visitors to the town, which is good news for everyone.

The castle, with its rich 800-year history, deserves a place on the national stage ­— and this project is likely to deliver that.

Under the plans being drawn up by Newark and Sherwood District Council, the gatehouse ­— of national importance as one of the most complete Norman gatehouses in the country ­— will be restored, a learning centre installed beneath and room created in the north-west tower.

The centrepiece, however, has to be the creation of a moat-bridge, allowing visitors to enter the castle as people would have done hundreds of years ago.

The Newark Destination Management Plan aims to increase the impact of visitors to the town by £5m a year over the next five years. The castle is expected to deliver around £1.3m of that.

Along with all the other attractions, including the Town Hall, church and National Civil War Centre, Newark is a great town to visit.

The more tourists that visit, particularly those staying more than a day, will have a massive impact on the local businesses such as shops, cafés, and hotels.

That is why projects such as the one at Newark Castle, which focus on the town’s fantastic history, is so good for the future.

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