Published October 13, 2014 at 16:05
History has been made after a time capsule was buried in one of the iconic loops on the new Blackburn bus station.
A special ceremony was held on Monday, October, 10, to mark the lowering of the steel box into the ground off Ainsworth Street.
Watching as the capsule was buried were Councillor Maureen Bateson, Executive Member for Regeneration from Blackburn with Darwen Council , Blackburn Rovers Manager Gary Bowyer, John Threfall from Transdev and representatives from the contractors Barnes.
The capsule was filled with artefacts which will provide future generations with a snapshot of life in Blackburn in 2014.
Among the items buried were photographs and drawings of the construction of the new bus station and the Cathedral Quarter development, the former market site, the former Boulevard and transport through the years including old trams and buses.
A signed Blackburn Rovers shirt, a signed team sheet, commemorative stamps and coins were also among the items.
Councillor Bateson said:
“This is a historic move for the bus station and public transport has played such an important role in the town and will do for future generations. The new Cathedral Quarter development on the former boulevard will transform the town centre and create hundreds of new jobs but it also holds a lot of memories for many people.”
Gary Bowyer added:
“Rovers has played a key role in the history of the town so we are delighted to part of this historic event. The community is important to the football club and the football club is important to the community and people in future generations will see that when the time capsule is opened.”
The bus station, which will be fully covered, will open in the New Year.
Cllr Maureen Bateson and Blackburn Rovers Manager Gary Bowyer talk at time capsule ceremony