Wednesday 5 May 2010 

SpongeBob SquarePants Goes Down In LCCC History

SpongeBob SquarePants epitomises life in 2010…well he does according to the children of Stretford High School!

Lancashire County Cricket Club invited the local school children to nominate items to go into a Time Capsule to be buried at The Point, the club’s new £multi-million conference and events venue which is nearing completion.

Coming in at the top of the list of things that represent what 2010 means to the group of 11 and 12 years olds was Nickelodeon’s number one cartoon character, SpongeBob SquarePants!

Youngsters and LCCC officials with the time capsule

Youngsters and LCCC officials with the time capsule

Peter Ash, sales manager at LCCC said:

"The Point is the beginning of a new era for Lancashire County Cricket Club and we felt it appropriate to mark the occasion with the historic placing of a Time Capsule.  These children are our future generation so we wanted to give them the opportunity to decide what goes in it - things that would give a true representation of everyday life as it is today, according to them.  I must admit it caused quite a bit of amusement when we saw the list of items, with SpongeBob SquarePants at the top!"  

In addition to SpongeBob, their list includes a Manchester United shirt, LCCC shirt, lottery ticket, mobile phone, cheque book, set of currency, a light bulb, a copy of the days’ local newspaper, a metrolink ticket and travelplanner plus a memory stick containing a video of The Point.  Also going into the Time Capsule will be a book of poems written by the students.

Peter adds:

"We thought it would be nice to make Nickelodeon aware of this.  We contacted them, and they very kindly sent us a Fine Art Limited Edition SpongeBob SquarePants print and a SpongeBob cuddly toy to go into the Time Capsule.  This means that thankfully none of the children will need to give up one of their beloved possessions now!"

The Time Capsule ceremony took place at 1.15pm on Friday 30th April at the Old Trafford cricket ground. The Head Teacher, staff and pupils from Stretford High School joined LCCC's Chief Executive Jim Cumbes, and Head Coach Peter Moores to put each of the above named items into the box, before the capsule was sealed and placed into a specially created hole in the wall of The Point.

The Point is a £12 million development at Old Trafford cricket ground which is being built by construction company Morgan Ashurst. Once complete, it will provide conference, event and banqueting facilities for up to 1,000 people.

The Official Opening of the venue is to take place on 27th June, to coincide with the One-Day International game between England v Australia.

For further information on The Point contact: 0161 282 4020 and to view a fly through DVD visit: www.thepointatlccc.co.uk/the-point/