Search to begin into Newark's 'mythical' subterranean caves and tunnels
A 'mythical' subterranean system of caves and tunnels in Newark could lead to a major investigation into a tourist attraction - according to a business expert.
Ian Harrison, business manager for car parking and markets at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: "For many years, Newark people have talked of the mythical tunnels and passage that exist under the centre of Newark.
"It has been said that tunnels exist from the castle to the Parish Church, and other places.
"Newark and Sherwood District Council is about to test the validity of these stories."
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On the chance of any underground finds for boosting tourism in the town and footfall in the Market Square, Mr Harrison added: "I am conscious of the need to find and promote new interest in the town centre to help increase footfall which is vital to the shops and market traders."
The initial research and radar plotting of cellars and passageways will be carried out by Trent and Peak Archaeology.
The project will start on April 2 and last for several weeks.
Mr Harrison added: "If we find that there are passageways and tunnels then the potential for further research, including physical exploration, is massive, and a significant grant bid will be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund."