LETTER: Time capsule would be a great find

Former Derbyshire Times offices which are due to be demolished
Former Derbyshire Times offices which are due to be demolished

In response to your article in DT last week regarding demolition work commencing at the old DT offices. (Read the article here)

In the early 1960s, I was working for a local building firm, building the then new office for the DT on Station Road. I made and fixed the double door on the front of the building facing the church.

Someone decided to put a steel capsule in the footings of the building for future generations to find when the building was demolished - I always thought I would never see the light of day.

I don’t remember all of the items that were buried in the concrete, but I was a member of the Chesterfield Concert Orchestra at that time and we recorded a cassette tape of an overture (I can’t remember which) and some dance music played by the Billy Short Quintet, a current copy of the Derbyshire Times, some coins and some other items which I can’t remember.

I would be very interested to know if the capsule is found in your dismantling of the building.

Tony Whilde

Hasland