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Tamworth Time Capsule Burial

Tamworth Fire Station will be making history on 27th May when a time capsule is buried in the grounds of the new station.

The capsule has been put together by the team at Tamworth Fire Station in conjunction with the local schools. Items inside include photographs, letters, personal work, small artefacts and sheet music from local schools.  Items put into the capsule from Tamworth fire station include paper cuttings of the station, plans of the station, signatures of current personnel and a group photo.

The ceremony will begin at 3.00pm and various representatives from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, members of the Fire and Rescue Authority, the Mayor and representatives from both Belgrave High School and St. Gabriel’s RC Primary schools will be in attendance for the ceremony.

"The idea of a time capsule was first developed at our first community station at Rising Brook in Stafford.

"This was seen as something that could be replicated at our other sites. It has given us at Tamworth an opportunity to involve our local schools and staff in selecting items that reflect current thinking, technology, people involved and things that may be common to us now but not in the future.

"Hopefully if and when the capsule is lifted in the future the items can tell a story of what was happening and being used as of May 2010. As a Service we are extremely proud of the facility that will not only help us provide improved protection, but offers a fantastic asset for the community.

"We are still on schedule for a November completion and would welcome further opportunities to discuss the building and its intended community use!

Tamworth Area Commander, Del Roberts

Fire and Rescue Authority Member, Cllr John Wells said: "I think this time capsule is a wonderful idea and thanks must go to all those people who have contributed items."

The time capsule will be buried underneath a slab in the appliance bay floor that houses the fire appliances at the new Community Station. Construction at the brand new facility began late last year and the £4.1m state of the art facility on Marlborough Way is due to open in November this year.