Pupils bury time capsule at new Asda store

Arbroath High School burying their capsule in the new Asda store on Tuesday. Holding the capsule are, from left - Ellie Williams, Ian Wightman construction manager Asda and Kerr Norval with pupils and construction staff looking on.

Arbroath High School burying their capsule in the new Asda store on Tuesday. Holding the capsule are, from left - Ellie Williams, Ian Wightman construction manager Asda and Kerr Norval with pupils and construction staff looking on.

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PUPILS from Arbroath High School created their own piece of history on Tuesday when they buried a time capsule underneath the town’s new Asda store which is under construction at the Westway Retail Park.

The capsule is full of mementoes, documents, photographs and even pupils’ autographs.

The idea came from mathematics teacher Yvonne Anderson who thought it would be a good idea for pupils to get involved in the practical side of how things work.

She approached the store’s construction company, BAM, who agreed to provide the capsule. Since then, pupils have worked hard to put together a snapshot of local life, including a celebration of Arbroath High School’s 25th anniversary, the 200th anniversary of Bell Rock Lighthouse, and details of the new Asda store.

The capsule also contains mementoes from the six teachers from the school who retired in the summer. It was buried externally at the front of the new store, outside the main lobby.

When the store is finally complete, the capsule’s location will be marked with a paving detail and inset brass plaque.

“Everyone concerned with the project from Asda and BAM have been really helpful and I hope it will be the start of an educational partnership with the store when it opens, for the benefit of students in the short and long terms”, said Yvonne, who is also the school’s guidance teacher.

A number of pupils from years one and five were in attendance at the burial ceremony, which was also attended by Yvonne Anderson, fellow maths teacher Caroline Grogan, and representatives from Asda and BAM.