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Blue Peter Time Capsule Accidentally Unearthed By Builders At O2

It was supposed to stay buried until 2050.

02/02/2017 15:59 | Updated 02 February 2017

Builders at the O2 arena have accidentally dug up a time capsule buried by Blue Peter presenters - 33 years early.

In 1998, the children’s programme held a competition for viewers to send in ideas for things they would like to include.

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Blue Peter presenters Richard Bacon and Katy Hill with the time capsule in 1998

Winning items included an asthma inhaler, a Roald Dahl book, a France 1998 World Cup football and photographs of Princess Diana.

Also included were:

  • Toy Car

  • A Grandad’s letter about how life has changed during his life-time

  • A video of a child’s walk to school

  • Asthma inhaler

  • Various stamps

  • Set of British coins

  • Cubs scarf and toggle

  • Roller blade wheels

  • Insulin pen

  • Picture of a dove of peace

  • Photographs of Oblivion ride in Alton Towers

  • Spice Girls CD

  • Set of Tellytubby dolls

Various Blue Peter items were also put into the capsule, including the much-coveted Blue Peter badge.

It wasn’t set to be opened until 2050.

The BBC confirmed the capsule would be reburied as soon as possible.

Former presenter Katy Hill seemed amused by the error:

A BBC spokesperson said: “Although a little earlier than anticipated, we’re looking forward to sharing these memories with our viewers and making new ones as we return the capsule to the earth so that it can be reopened in 2050 as originally planned.”

CBBC’s Newsround quoted a spokesperson for the O2 as saying the capsule was “accidentally damaged during excavations. The capsule and its contents are safely stored in our office and we’ve let the team at Blue Peter know.

“We’re going to work with them to either repair or replace the capsule and bury it again for the future.”

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