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

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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