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Last Updated: Friday, 18 June, 2004, 17:55 GMT 18:55 UK
Capsule keeps White Horse history
White Horse
The carving led to objections from environmental campaigners
A time capsule containing the history of Folkestone's White Horse has been buried in the landmark.

The carving of the White Horse led to environmental objections from English Nature and Friends of the Earth.

The capsule contains 7,000 signatures of people who supported the plans, a copy of the original designs and a history of the planning appeal.

Folkestone and Hythe MP Michael Howard cut the ribbon as the 4 ft steel cylinder was buried.

Millennium carving

The Conservative Party leader said: "This is a terrific insignia for Folkestone.

"It's going to badge Folkestone and it's going to help people to know what Folkestone has to offer.

"It's a rather wonderful thing that this will be the last thing people see when they leave England and the first thing they see when they return."

The White Horse was carved into the chalk hillside to celebrate the millennium, but led to objections from campaigners who said it would damage an ecologically sensitive site.

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