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Time capsule found under statue

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The Sherlock Holmes statue in Picardy Place has been moved

A time capsule has been found under a Sherlock Holmes statue which was moved to make way for Edinburgh's trams.

The bronze statue is being taken into storage because its current site, at the top of Leith Walk, is directly in the path of tram works.

However, the time capsule is not being opened because it had been there for less than 20 years.

It will be placed in a separate vault in a secure location and will be reburied after the work is completed.

The statue was erected in Picardy Place in 1991 as a tribute to author Arthur Conan Doyle, who was born in the street in 1859.

It was installed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) to mark its 50th anniversary.

The statue will return in 2011, although not in the same spot.

A spokeswoman for Tie, which is overseeing the building of the tram infrastructure, said: "In order to accommodate part of the tram works at Picardy Place, the Sherlock Holmes statue, and the time capsule has been stored in a safe location.

"During the statue's storage, Edinburgh City Council will determine what, if any, cleaning or restoration work is required.

"Every care will be taken to ensure that this iconic statue well looked after and we look forward to seeing him back in his rightful place when the work is complete.

"In addition the contents of the time capsule are confidential and there is no intention that this capsule will be opened."



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