A RYEDALE town is creating a time capsule to commemorate 2020.

Steve Gledhill, with the support of the Helmsley Town Council, is inviting people from the town to suggest or donate items significant to the events of 2020.

The time capsule will be buried in Helmsley with a commemorative plaque for 100 years.

“This year is one for the history books,” said Carol Swift, a Helmsley town councillor.

“Helmsley has a rich and vibrant culture which should be celebrated, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Initially starting as a consultation period, myself and Steve will pick and choose which items are selected for the time capsule.

“We encourage everything from the weird and wonderful, to personal items - nothing is a stupid idea.

“After 2020, it’s never going to be the same again.”

Suggested items can range from photographs and newspapers to transport, art or cultural references.

The deadline for suggested items or donations is September 30.

“The project will be for the Helmsley parish only - we don’t want it to go further afield because we might be bombarded with too many items,” added Steve.

“I decided to create a time capsule to commemorate this historical year, especially the coronavirus lockdown.

“I don’t believe our generation will witness such an impactful year again, certainly not in my lifetime.

“We want to involve everyone in the community, young and old, to make this project a success.”

The project is for the Helmsley parish only and suggested items for the time capsule can be sent to the Helmsley Town Council by emailing HelmsleyTC@gmail.com