Young people in Wolverhampton have a unique and historic chance to be engraved in the history of The Way Youth Zone as it launches a Time Capsule Competition.

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They are being encouraged to submit items which they would like to be added to the time capsule before it is buried in the ground.

Bosses are looking for ideas that will reflect life for a young person in 2015 when the time capsule is opened in 50 years time.

It could include something that relates to the Youth Zone, or school, family life or the city as it currently is. Or young people may opt for popular trends such as films, games, fashion and IT in the form of a piece of art, poem or even a song from the present day.

The time capsule will not be opened until 2065 - at the earliest.

Steven Brown, Youth Work Manager at The Way Youth Zone, said: "This is a great opportunity for the young people of the city to be a part of history. The Youth Zone will be in Wolverhampton for years to come and it's important we recognise the values of The Way through time capsule competition."

The competition will be judged by The Way's Young People's Development Group who will choose 10 winners and their submissions will be placed into the capsule.

Items should not be more than 20cm wide and are welcome from anyone aged between 8 and 19, or 25 for those with a disability. They should be sent, with the young person's name, age, address, contact telephone number and parental contact details if under 16 years of age, to: The Way Youth Zone, Express & Star, 51 to 53 Queen's Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1ES by Monday 16 November.

People can also tweet their ideas to @TheWayYouthZone using the hashtag #100happyways.

The £5.5 million Youth Zone on School Street, part funded by the City of Wolverhampton Council, is due to open its doors for the first time in January and will offer a wide range of activities for children and young people, from arts and music to sport and dance. Please visit Type=links;Linkid=6652;Title=OnSide Youth Zones;Target=_blank; for more details.

  • released: Thursday 29 October, 2015