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Time Capsule Buries Hanley History

A time capsule will be buried in the grounds of the new community fire station in Hanley on Monday.

"The time capsule will create a legacy because it means the young people and local businesses who have contributed to it will have a connection to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for the rest of their lives."

Station Manager, Ian Read

The capsule includes a farewell to Hanley Fire Station DVD, a DVD produced by children from St Luke’s Primary School about their view of life in 50 years time, a recent newspaper, some Emma Bridgewater pottery, an incident log print out and various fire service memorabilia and photographs and memorabilia donated by Stoke-on-Trent City Council. 

The burial ceremony will be attended by the Chief Fire Officer, members of the Fire and Rescue Authority, the Lord Mayor, Council officials and children from St Luke’s Primary School.

Station Manager, Ian Read said: "The idea of a time capsule was developed at our first community fire station at Rising Brook in Stafford and the decision has been taken to roll this out to all the new stations being built. The time capsule will create a legacy because it means the young people and local businesses who have contributed to it will have a connection to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for the rest of their lives."

"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 March 2011."

The ceremony will also see the unveiling of a commemorative plaque marking One Hundred Years of Stoke on Trent, as part of the centenary celebrations. The plaque will be mounted on the front of the new station by the entrances and will be unveiled by Lord Mayor, Cllr Denver Tolley.

Cllr Tolley said: "As part of the centenary celebrations we wanted to commemorate not just the passing of the old building but the building of a new one. We are delighted to have teamed up with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and helped to create a legacy, not just with the plaque, but with the time capsule as well."

The new £5.5 million fire station, which will come complete with community facilities, is due to open in summer this year. The new fire station is progressing well, with the roof now complete, brickwork and cladding almost complete and work continuing on schedule. The 41 firefighters based at the station are currently operating from a temporary fire station, located on site.