SCHOOLCHILDREN joined firefighters and historians as a time capsule containing various elements of the town’s history was buried at the site of a new fire station.
Fifty items including DVDs highlighting the history of the town, a firefighter’s uniform and children’s schoolwork were locked away inside the capsule, which was designed to help inform future generations of the life of a firefighter in the early 21st century.
The capsule was then was buried in a Victorian well yesterday underneath the new £830,000 Headland Community Fire Station, which is being built in Durham Street.
Youngsters from nearby St Helen’s Primary School, whose work is contained in the capsule along with the work of pupils at St Bega’s RC Primary School, were also in attendance at the burial alongside the members of Hartlepool Headland Local History Group.
Councillor Robbie Payne who represents the Headland and Harbour ward and is also chairman of the Cleveland Fire Authority, said: “Ten years ago we were looking at the prospect of closing this station, now we have a brand new station and fantastic community facility which will be opening.
“It’s an honour and privilege to be playing a part in the history of this station with the burial of the time capsule.
Grace Archer, seven, a Year 2 pupil at St Helen’s, said: “It’s brilliant that we’ve been involved.”
The new single-storey station will replace the previous 50-year-old building and one of its features will be a community room which can be used by local groups.