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Holt Park Resident Discovers Time Capsule from 1983

June 21st, 2011 · No Comments · Community News

When dad Shumon Abedin ripped down his cupboards in his home at Holt Park, his daughter Chandrika was amazed to find a letter written by a little girl her age

Chandrika, 10, uncovered the letter and three copies of the YEP when her parents decided to do some DIY at their house in Holt Park, Leeds.

The letter had been written by 10-year-old Nicola Brennan, who lived in the house in 1983 and planted the home-made time capsule when her dad built the bedroom cupboards.

The similarities didn’t end with their ages – both girls were born in May; Nicola played the piano and the violin, the same as Chandrika, and while Nicola had a 13-year-old sister, Chandrika has a 13-year-old brother, Minhazul.

Chandrika, a pupil at Adel Primary School, said: “I was really amazed when I found the letter, I couldn’t believe it. We have so much in common.

“We play the same instruments, her birthday is in May and she was the same age as me when she wrote the letter.

“One of our neighbours still knows her parents so we found out that Nicola lives in the Midlands now. Hopefully she is going to come and look around the house sometime.”

She added: “I’ve told some of my friends at school about it but they don’t believe me. They think it is a big coincidence.”

The letter was wrapped up with some copies of the YEP, including one from June 11, 1983, which had many similarities to June 11 of this year.

The newspaper contains articles about the Trooping of the Colour, the semi-finals of the Queens tennis tournament featuring John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors, and India beating the West Indies at cricket.

The letter was written a few weeks earlier on May 15, 1983 and includes details of Nicola’s family, including dad Peter, mum Margaret and sister Julie, and their ages at the time.

Chandrika’s dad Shumon, 43, a Leeds City Council youth worker, said: “There were a lot of coincidences, both in terms of the letter and Nicola’s similarities to Chandrika, and with the newspapers as well. It was a big surprise for all of us.”

This article was originally posted on the Yorkshire Evening Post website

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