Volunteers at Pontefract Castle praised for their support

09/10/2017, PR8666

​Volunteers have been thanked for their dedication and commitment to Pontefract Castle at a special event.

Cllr Speight thanks volunteers at Pontefract Castle

​More than 60 people who give up their time were recognised for their contribution to one of the district's most historic landmarks.

Dedicated volunteers give their time in a variety of ways, by helping to maintain the grounds, assist in the shop and in the visitor centre. They also attend events, lead craft activities and help with tours of the Castle and dungeon.

​Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council, gave certificates to the volunteers who have each donated their time to the Castle.

Cllr Speight said: "We rely on our army of willing volunteers and we simply couldn't manage to provide such a great experience for visitors without their hard work and dedication.

"It was lovely to meet people and to say 'thank you' to them for making a real difference to our magnificent Castle."

Pontefract Castle has been undergoing conservation work and work to improve access to parts of the site not seen by the public for many years, including the Sally Port.

The Visitor Centre was opened in June and houses learning facilities, a shop, exhibition space and a café.

The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) which has awarded it £3.04 million, with other funding from Historic England, the Council, the Wolfson Foundation and landfill charity EPaC.

For more information about Pontefract Castle visit: www.pontefractcastle.co.uk

To find out more about volunteer opportunities in the district, visit: www.wakefield.gov.uk/community/volunteering

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