Call for Portrush Train Station Time Capsule Submissions

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Translink is encouraging local schools, businesses, leisure, community and tourism groups in and around Portrush to submit items for our Portrush Train Station time capsule, including items commemorating The 148th Open, Royal Portrush.

The time capsule will be installed in the new modern passenger facility in the town to mark its’ official opening, with a view to it remaining locked until 2069, half a century on from this momentous year in the town’s history!

Funding for the station project, worth approximately £5.6m, has been secured from the Department for Communities (£4.7m) and the Department for Infrastructure (over £900k).

The new train station is one element of a wider £17m Portrush Regeneration Programme, led by the Department for Communities, which also includes a major public realm and revitalisation scheme for the town ahead of The 148th Open. Work will conclude ahead of the tournament, which will be played at Royal Portrush this July.

Translink is requesting submissions for a time capsule to mark this memorable year in the history of Portrush, as well as those which reflect community life in the coastal town, celebrating the charm and appeal of Portrush as a place where people live, work and visit! It can be something already existing – for example, a company magazine or a visitor attraction leaflet – or something that you’ve designed yourself.

Groups are asked to submit a maximum of 5 items based on the following themes:

· The 148th Open: A huge event in the history of Portrush. Tell future generations of your pride that this event is being hosted in the town and what you would like to remember about it. Are you excited about welcoming tens of thousands of spectators, plus the world’s finest golfers, to your town?

· I Love Portrush: What makes Portrush so special to you? Why is it a great place to live in, visit or go to school? What do you love most about Portrush? What are its’ best attractions –business, leisure, tourism, entertainment? Where are the scenic hotspots?

· My Train Station: What are you looking forward to with the arrival of the new facility? What are the benefits of public transport in 2019?

· Portrush Now and Then: How has Portrush changed and developed over the years? What are your memories of Portrush and the station?

· Future Portrush – What are your aspirations for the town over the next 50 years? How do you want people to remember Portrush in 2019? What would you ask of the people who will live in Portrush in 2069 to do in order to help care for the local environment and the town’s continued development? How will they remember The 148th Open?

All submissions should be no larger than A4 size and 2-dimensional, and should be delivered to Portrush Time Capsule Initiative, 2nd Floor, Chamber of Commerce House, 22 Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7LX by Friday 31st May 2019. Items received after this point will not be considered.

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