A City Captured in Time

8th July 2016

To mark the completion of recent development works and celebrate the upcoming launch of new Primark store, this August Marketgate will be 'burying' a time capsule in the shopping centre. To signify the occasion, Marketgate have invited local Primary Schools to draw a picture of what they think Lancaster would look like in 50 years' time. Entries have been received from Bowerham and Ridge Primary School. This artwork will be selected by a panel of judges including: Lynn Ison (Centre Manager), Debbie Illingworth (representing Marketgate's landlord), Rachael Wilkinson (Lancaster BID manager), Bill Johnston (Managing Director, Bay Radio), Nick Lakin (Lancaster Guardian) and Anthony Smith (The New Store Manager of the new Primark).

The timecapsule will be 'buried' on Friday 22nd July and will include: a group photo of all existing retailers at Marketgate, items donated from retailers at Marketgate, a copy of that weeks' Lancaster Guardian, items donated from local stakeholders: Lancaster BID (Latest Business plan and Destination brochure), Lancaster City Council and Bay Radio and the top 3 artwork pieces from each age range created by the Primary Schools. The capsule will be unearthed in 50 years' time.

Marketgate will also be inviting the Mayor of Lancaster, Cllr Robert Redfern to formally mark the installation of the timecapsule, along with the two Primary Schools and Primark store manager, Anthony Smith.

The timescaspule will be installed in a hatch in the ceiling above the new Primark entrance.

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