Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Time capsule to be locked away in Belfast’s City Hall

Inside the new look City Hall

A time capsule filled with objects giving a snapshot of life in 2009 will be locked away in the roof of Belfast’s iconic City Hall next week for over 100 years.

The capsule, which will be sealed today, will not have its contents revealed again until in 2112.

It is being hidden away at a ceremony on Monday as part of events marking the re-opening of the Edwardian building following a major £11m refurbishment.

The contents of the capsule were chosen by members of the public, who submitted ideas via the council website, and include a front page of the Belfast Telegraph.

Other items include letters from primary school children reflecting their hopes for the future and photographs of the various buildings restored and reopened in 2009.

Meanwhile, thousands of people will have the chance to be involved in the celebrations as a two week festival begins on Saturday.

A packed programme of fun is being lined up from October 17 to encourage residents of all ages to enjoy ownership of the majestic building.

The City Hall closed in 2007 for the multi-million pound refurbishment project which involved replacement of heating, mechanical and electrical systems as well as asbestos removal, re-roofing, drainage improvements, and the installation of computer network systems.

The grounds of the Edwardian building will be a hive of activity from noon on Saturday and the events will run throughout the Halloween period.

The public can enjoy a range of activities, including family workshops and a parade that will go through the city centre at 2.30pm.

An aerial display based on the theme ‘Fly Butterfly’ will take place from 3pm with music and other entertainment running until around 4pm.

A special ‘Take Back The City Hall’ show featuring four local bands — Oppenheimer, Mojo Fury, A Plastic Rose, The Benjamins and teenage newcomers Key Of Atlas — will also be hosted on Saturday night. The gig begins at 7pm and will be recorded by BBC’s Across The Line.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Naomi Long, said: “Our programme of public celebrations is in keeping with the ethos of ‘a City Hall for All’, encouraging everyone to feel and enjoy ownership of this magnificent building.

“This is your City Hall so be sure to come along from this weekend to join in a fun-packed line-up”.

It includes music, fashion, multi-cultural events, tours, exhibitions, talks, theatre and activities specifically for babies, young people and senior citizens.

More information can be found at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/yourcityhall

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