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Doctor Who backs time capsule competition
9:33am Friday 21st September 2007 in News
FORMER Timelord Colin Baker will be giving readers a chance to communicate with future generations as he judges the Eden Time Capsule Challenge.
The ex-Doctor Who actor will judge Bucks Free Press readers' suggestions as to what should be buried in the capsule beneath the Eden shopping centre. The capsule will be a message to future residents and will commemorate life in the 21st century.
Winning entries will be entombed in a ceremony on November 20 and they and their families will be invited to watch as the capsule is lowered into the ground in a dramatic ceremony.
Daniel Tomkinson, Eden Centre Director, is excited about the launch of the competition. He said: "The opening of Eden is going to have a dramatic effect on the future prosperity of High Wycombe. We wanted to bring together the local community and mark the occasion by burying this capsule in Eden Place, to enable future generations to understand what life is like in 2007."
The Bucks Free Press is accepting proposals of about 250 words by post or email. Submissions can also be sent to the Eden centre's website.
Suggestions should represent the everyday lives of the residents of High Wycombe and be something that the town will be proud to be remembered for in 50 years' time.
The item must be no bigger than 30cm in height, length or width and weigh no more than 3.5kg. It must be something that will not decompose over time.
A shortlist of 50 items will be drawn up by a panel including Mr Baker. Readers will then vote to determine which ten will go into the capsule. Entrants must submit a photograph of themselves along with contact details. Entries from under-16s must be accompanied by a letter from a parent or guardian.
Submissions should be sent to Bucks Free Press & Times Group, Loudwater Mill, Station Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP10 9TY, or sent to email@example.com, or see the Eden site at www.edenshopping.co.uk The deadline for entries is Wednesday October 17.