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Time capsule buried at The Centre site

The time capsule being buried.

A decades old Mars bar, historic photographs and Slough Half Marathon medal were among a variety of items buried in a time capsule at the site of the council’s new flagship leisure centre.

Councillor James Swindlehurst, leader of the council, and Councillor Rob Anderson, cabinet member for leisure and environment, attended the event in December.

They were joined by students and staff from Slough Centre Nursery and Herschel Grammar School, council representatives, Slough Urban Renewal, leisure provider Everyone Active and Morgan Sindall.

The construction industry’s mascot, Ivor Goodsite, who teaches students how to stay safe, also made an appearance.

A ceremony was held to mark the burial and the school students covered the capsule with sand. An engraved plaque will mark where it is buried.

The borough’s largest leisure facility will include a 25m eight lane swimming pool, a 15m x 8.5m teaching pool with moveable floor, four court sports hall with specialist LED lit flooring, 115 station gym, café and more.

Councillor James Swindlehurst said: “We have buried a time capsule at The Centre to capture the history of this great site for the future.

“Whether in its original incarnation as a community centre for workers on the Slough Trading Estate in the 1930s, a more modern community centre in the 1990s or next as our flagship leisure facility, the site has served the residents of Slough brilliantly.”

Councillor Rob Anderson added: “The Centre leisure facility is fast approaching completion and I become more and more impressed every time I visit.

“It will join Arbour Park, Slough Ice Arena, Salt Hill Activity Centre and Langley Leisure to complete our impressive provision of state-of-the-art leisure facilities in the town. Our broad range of leisure options means there really is something for all our residents to use and enjoy.”

The Centre build is being undertaken by Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), a partnership between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd.

The Centre is due to open to the public in the spring.

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