Time capsules will be buried during service

Photo Ian Robinson'Items from a time capsule which has been dug up following a project to renovate the war memorial in Penwortham. The capsule was opened by the Lancashire Archieve Service at the Records Office in Preston'Ron Drakeford volunteer custodian of the Penwortham War Memorial pictured with the opened time capsule

Photo Ian Robinson'Items from a time capsule which has been dug up following a project to renovate the war memorial in Penwortham. The capsule was opened by the Lancashire Archieve Service at the Records Office in Preston'Ron Drakeford volunteer custodian of the Penwortham War Memorial pictured with the opened time capsule

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Final preparations are being made to bury two time capsules inside Penwortham War Memorial.

An original capsule dating from when the memorial was opened in 1921 will be put back in place alongside one containing artefacts from the present day, as part of a Remembrance service on Tuesday, November 11 at 11am.

The original capsule was discovered after a member of the Friends of Penwortham War Memorial read about it in an old edition of the Preston Guardian.

The glass bottle, sealed with red wax contained the same article from the Preston Guardian, photographs and a list of all 433 soldiers from the town who took part in the First World War, the 73 who died marked with a red cross.

The items have been restored and put on display at Penwortham Community Centre in Kingsfold Drive as part of a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Ron Drakefield, chairman of the Friends of Penwortham War Memorial, said: “The people at Preston Archives have restored the documents and you’re able to read 75 per cent of the lettering now.

“A lot of people have been to look and have taken great interest in them - and there’s still time to have a look before they’re put back.”

“He added: “It’s been a fantastic find and has provided some interesting information about Penwortham. The paper’s also revealed things like sweets from the shop for a penny. We’re now trying to trace the families of soldiers named in the parchments, though that could go on for years.”

It is hoped that the new capsule, specially made from stainless steel, will contain current photographs of Penwortham, information about the town and members of the friends’ group, and magazine and newspaper articles.

Ron added: “We were advised not to put anything like memory sticks in there because when it’s reopened in 50 or 100 years time, these things wouldn’t work.”

He added: “I think it’s important to do this because we should never forget what these men did for us. They gave their lives so we could have freedom. It’s also nice to think that when they are come across in the future, someone might look up their history.”