01/04/11 - History buried at Hanley

The brand new community fire station at Hanley reached another mile stone this week as a time capsule was buried in it's grounds. The £6million project which was awarded to Midlands based contractor Thomas Vale Construction last year is now only months away from completion.

The ceremony also saw the unveiling of a commemorative plaque marking 100 years of Stoke and Trent as part of the centenary celebrations; this was unveiled by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Denver Tolley.

The ceremony was attended by the Chief Fire Officer, the Lord Mayor and fellow council members, members of the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and pupils of St Lukes Primary School.

Ian Read, Station Manager commented: "The time capsule will create a legacy because it means the young people and local businesses who have contributed to it will have a connection to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for the rest of their lives."

The time capsule includes a DVD produced by children from St Luke’s Primary School about their view of life in 50 years time, a recent newspaper, some Emma Bridgewater pottery, an incident log print out, various fire service memorabilia and photographs and memorabilia donated by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Alan Sims, Contracts Manager, Thomas Vale Construction, commented: “The new station in Hanley will provide state of the art facilities for the authority and added benefits for the local community and supply chain. We are extremely proud to be working with our partners in Staffordshire."