Time capsule ceremony

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A TIME capsule was ceremoniously locked inside a special metal cabinet on Saturday at Wisbech Library with an inscription for it to be opened in 100 years’ time.

Wisbech Mayor Nick Meekins and Brian Payne, chairman of Wisbech Society, performed the sealing ceremony as part of celebrations to mark the first birthday of the refurbished library.

The library was revamped to the tune of £2 million following a Big Lottery grant.

Members of the public were asked to contribute items for the capsule and school children and teachers sent in items, along with local clubs and organisations. Also included are Town Guide magazines and newspaper coverage of the day the library was re-opened.

These are all in special bags on archive paper which should stand the test of time.

The organisers hope when it is time for the capsule to be opened that family members featured as the oldest and youngest users of the library at last year’s re-opening will still be living in the town and be part of the future ceremony.

The capsule was donated to the library by Wisbech Society and made by local firm, Tigart.

Also attending the ceremony was Gloria Culyer and David Wheeler, who are chairman and vice-chairman respectively of the library’s community management board.