Help put Sandal Castle on the map

The Friends of Sandal Castle has noticed a drop in active members since the group was set up two years ago. They want to recruit new members to help put the historic ruin on the map, attract more visitors and raise cash to stage large scale re-enactments.'Geoff Glew, David Hopkins, Joan Turner (castles assistant), Helen Cox, Keith Souter
The Friends of Sandal Castle has noticed a drop in active members since the group was set up two years ago. They want to recruit new members to help put the historic ruin on the map, attract more visitors and raise cash to stage large scale re-enactments.'Geoff Glew, David Hopkins, Joan Turner (castles assistant), Helen Cox, Keith Souter

ONE of the city’s most important historical landmarks is feeling lonely.

This week The Friends of Sandal Castle launched a recruitment drive.

They want more members to join their group and help put the castle, which was the site of the famous Battle of Wakefield, back on the map.

The group was formed last year but since then some members have left.

Dr Keith Souter, who has written many books set at the castle, said: “It’s such a shame because Sandal Castle is such an important local resource, we really need to broadcast that.

“We need people who want to part of an initiative to get Sandal Castle back on the map.

“Wakefield has a rich heritage and a rich history, but not everyone is aware of that.”

Since the group was formed it has organised a number of successful events at the Manygates Lane attraction including a concert by the West Yorkshire Police band.

Dr Souter said: ““We have no difficulty in getting people to events at the castle, but we need people to help organise them.

“We need to secure the future and move on to the next level.

Anyone interested in becoming a friend should attend the next annual general meeting on Saturday, November 17, at 3pm.

Historian Helen Cox will also be giving a talk about the Battle of Towton.

For more information e-mail dr_keith.souter@btopenworld.com