RESIDENTS on a Stockton estate are embarking on an unusual project to celebrate its recent history.

Members of the Stockton African Caribbean Association (Saca) have been asked by their local council to document life on the Victoria Estate in Stockton, over the past decade.

The group has sent questionnaires to all Victoria residents and over the coming weeks volunteers from the group will carry out door-to-door interviews in the area, some of which will be filmed.

Still photographs and audio recordings will also be gathered to document the recent history of the estate and its diversity.

The information will be transformed into a film and launched alongside a wider exhibition later in the spring.

Herbert Dirahu, a member of Saca, who has lived on the Victoria Estate for nine years, said: "We wanted to record stories to preserve the estate's history for future generations so they can appreciate the development of their town. It's also important to record how the estate has changed and grown together as a multicultural community."

Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton Borough Council's cabinet member for housing and community safety, said: "Residents are invited to take part in the project. If you have a story to tell please get in touch."

If you would like to be involved, contact Mr Dirahu, on 079161-23736 or email