Wednesday January 29 2020

Leigh business buries centenary time capsules

Family business, George Moss & Sons in Leigh, Greater Manchester, has kick started a year of centenary celebrations by burying two very special time capsules.

Leigh business buries centenary time capsules

Family business, George Moss & Sons in Leigh, Greater Manchester, has kick started a year of centenary celebrations by burying two very special time capsules.

The business, which owns Moss Industrial Estate in Leigh, holds a special place in Leigh’s history and has been run by the Moss family for five generations. It has been working with pupils from Lowton Junior and Infant School since November to create some very special pieces of work to go inside the time capsules.

The Mayor of Wigan Borough, Coun Steve Dawber, joined the pupils on Tuesday (28 January) to celebrate the centenary by burying the time capsules and unveiling a plaque.

Two generations of the Moss family - current owner, Sebastian Moss, and his father, Philip Moss - first visited the children last year to tell them all about the Moss family business and the industrial heritage of Leigh and how life has changed over the last 100 years.

Since then, the children 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.

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.

The 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.”

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, Coun 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.”

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.”

"This has been a fantastic way to mark the centenary of our familys business and I am certain that my great great grandfather, George Moss, would have been delighted."
Sebastian Moss

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