Restoration of Newcastle's Black Gate planned

In the 13th century, Henry III built the Black Gate at Newcastle, England's castle to help beef up the defenses of the City. Now the City Council has been awarded UK£1.4m by the Heritage Lottery Fund to make the site available to the public.

Over the years, the Black Gate has slipped into decline, making an important part of the city of Newcastle's history unavailable to visitors. The grant will restore the building and allow it to be used for educational, heritage and community projects. "This is the perfect way to spend Lottery money - combining ancient history with new technology - ensuring everyone can learn from and enjoy our unique heritage," said Ivor Crowther, the Heritage Lottery Fund's regional head.