A project which has seen children from Lowton Junior and Infant School delve into 10 decades of local history came to and end when a time capsule they made was buried this week.
The Mayor of Wigan Borough, Coun Steve Dawber, joined pupils from Lowton Junior and Infant School on Tuesday, 28 January 2020, for the burial, which was part of celebrations marking 100 years of local business, George Moss & Sons Ltd.
Since November, the pupils have been working with the company, which owns Moss Industrial Estate on St. Helens Road, to create some very special pieces of work in celebration of its 100th birthday.
The business holds a special place in Leigh’s history and has been run by the Moss family for five generations.
The pupils, from Years 3 and 6 at Lowton Junior and Infant School, have been writing letters and drawing pictures to reflect what life was like in Leigh 100 years ago, in 1920, when George Moss & Sons Limited was incorporated; what life is like today; and what the pupils think life will be like in another one hundred years, in 2120.
What went in the time capsule?
The children’s letters, drawings, photos and other important local items they have collected, were sealed inside the time capsules and buried by the children and the Mayor for future generations to discover. The time capsules also include items donated by the Leigh Centurions and Leigh Spinners Mill.
Members of the Moss family, past and present employees of George Moss & Sons Ltd, and representatives from the Leigh Centurions, were also present for the burial of the time capsules. Afterwards, the Mayor unveiled a special commemorative plaque.
Mayor of Wigan Borough, Coun Steve Dawber said: “I was honoured to be invited to this event and would like to congratulate George Moss & Sons on their centenary.
“It’s fantastic that they have engaged with a local school to involve them in some of the celebrations and I hope celebrating this great achievement with the next generation will inspire and encourage them to reach their goals.”
The project has brought local history for life for pupils
Carol Anderson, history lead at Lowton Junior and Infant School, said: “It has been a real honour to work with George Moss & Sons and to be involved with this centenary project. The work the children have created is fantastic and they have been thoroughly engaged in it from the very beginning. It’s incredible to think that in another 100 years children from our local community could be back to uncover what we have buried.”
Sebastian Moss, managing director at George Moss & Sons Ltd, said: “This has been a fantastic way to mark the centenary of our family’s business. I am certain that my great great grandfather, George Moss, would have been delighted to know that we are here today and that the children from our community have created something very special here for future generations to discover.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Mayor of Wigan Borough, Cllr Steve Dawber, and all our special guests for coming here today and supporting this event. But the biggest thank you must go to the children and staff from Lowton Junior and Infant School for creating two wonderful time capsules and for helping us to mark our centenary in a very special way.”