Ysgol Merllyn pupils Sian Roberts, Will Edwards and Dana Edwards place their contributions in the capsule
Glan Aber pupils with their contributions to the time capsule. Pictured, from left, Charlie Gudger, Logon Roberts, Leo Thommas and Kiera Digby with school governor Anne Blundell and headteacher Paul Noon
The dragon sculpture
Peter Carlyle, the maker of the dragon, with Glan Aber pupils Adam Shepherd and Leah Jones
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A TOWERING dragon sculpture will guard the memories of a coastal community for the next 50 years.
A ceremony was held at the jubilee dragon beacon on the top of Bettisfield Hill, Bagillt, to bury a time capsule containing memories, photographs and poems of the people of Bagillt.
Future generations will then be left instructions to open up the capsule in 50 years time.
Flintshire Council’s coastal rangers, Cllrs Kevin Jones and Mike Reece, and the Bagillt Heritage Society have been working with the community to collect their contributions to place into the capsule.
It contains the history of the dragon, which was the brainchild of the Friends of Bagillt Foreshore group and includes information and photographs of regeneration work that has gone on at the site as well as pictures, stories and poems commemorating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations held in the village.
A special jubilee edition of the Leader has also been placed in the capsule along with contributions from Glan Aber Primary School and Ysgol Merllyn.
Coastal ranger Alistair Hemphill said: “Instructions will be left with the schools so that in 50 years time they can contact the people involved and their relatives and they can all have a ceremony and open the capsule and reminisce about what they put in to it.
“The capsule will be a great way of delivering letters to the Bagillt community of the future.”
Pupils at Glan Aber Primary School included photographs and information about themselves and their school as well as their school uniform.
Headteacher Paul Noon said: “All the children enjoyed it and they have been talking about how old they will be in 50 years time, saying they would like to come back then and see what they put in it.
“It was also great for them to see the dragon itself because it’s such a masterpiece and they really enjoyed seeing it first hand.”
Councillor Bernie Attridge, Flintshire Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “Linking Bagillt’s wonderful new dragon beacon with a community time capsule is the perfect way to remember such a historic event as the Diamond Jubilee and will ensure that Bagillt people have included their own personal contribution to history.”
The dragon beacon was lit last night to mark the occasion.