Time capsule filled with Guild memories

The Mayor of Preston Nick Pomfret and his wife Barbara at the Guild Time Capsule event
The Mayor of Preston Nick Pomfret and his wife Barbara at the Guild Time Capsule event
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A letter from one Guild Mayor to another, the official 2012 Guild Record, and a programme for a recital by the BDP music society, were just some of the items placed in the Guild time capsule ahead of it being buried.

The capsule, designed by UCLan graduate Mark Newton was the focal point of a community day at Preston’s Flag Market on Saturday.

Throughout the day people could give items to go in the capsule and write messages about their memories of the 2012 festivities to be placed inside it.

In a formal and historic ceremony Preston’s Mayor Nick Pomfret placed in various official items, including a letter from the Guild Mayor of 2012 Coun Carl Crompton addressed to the Guild Mayor of 2032.

Members of the public also gave items to be buried, including outfits worn in the processions, coins, CDs and photographs.

The capsule will now be sealed and go on display in the Harris Museum and Art Gallery for a short time before being buried at a secret location.

Mark, who graduated UCLan with a 2:1 in product design, won a competition to design the capsule. It was designed to incorporate the style of Preston bus station, with ribs down the side. He said: “I am very privileged to have been able to design the capsule.”

Coun Pomfret said: “This is an opportunity to capture some of the spirit of the 2012 Guild. Once the capsule is filled it will be locked and will remain unopened until the next Guild in 2032.”

Chairman of the Guild Link Charity Rod Dubrow-Marshall has been involved with the project since the beginning, he said: “It was partly my idea to have the Guild time capsule, it is an opportunity for us to put items in the capsule to tell people in 2032 what the Guild meant to us in 2012.”

Vicar of Preston, Fr Timothy Lipscomb added: “The execution of this capsule is fantastic, it’s very well manufactured and looks rather impressive.

“And when people dig it up in 2032 they will be amazed at what they will see from the contents.”