A TIME capsule to mark the Armistice centenary is being created, to be opened in 50 years time.

The capsule will allow future generations to remember the sacrifices made by those who died in conflicts in the 20th century to mark the upcoming centenary of the end of the First World War.

The capsule is the brainchild of Jacqui Williams, a funeral arranger at Abbotsfield Funeral Directors in Hereford.

The items in the capsule will be housed in a wooden casket and will be kept at the Herefordshire Light Infantry Museum until it is reopened in 50 years time to mark the 150th anniversary of the Armistice.

Jacqui began the project by asking residents at local care homes to share their memories and words of wisdom on luggage labels and collecting them in an old suitcase.

She is now planning on adding cuttings from the Hereford Times about the Armistice centenary, a poppy badge, coins and the thoughts of Herefordshire schoolchildren.

Jacqui explained: "Because this year’s Remembrance Sunday is such a significant one, and because of Hereford’s long connections with the military, I wanted to do something different.

“The messages on the labels are being written with thought and love. As well as memories of those who have died, I have asked contributors to write a piece of advice they’d like to have given themselves at the start of their life. We will add other poignant reminders of 2018.”

Andy Taylor OBE DL, Rifles County Colonel of Herefordshire and curator of the Light Infantry Museum, said: "Initially, we will put the casket on display, with an explanation that it has been deposited for 50 years, and document that it will be opened on the 150th anniversary of the Armistice. It will help people to again remember the First World War on that anniversary.”

To add an item or contribute a memory to the capsule, visit Abbotsfield Funeral Directors on Monkmoor Street or call 01432 356445.