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I time-traveled back to the 1980s after finding a 40-year-old letter written by a teenage girl behind my closet

One DAD was stunned to discover a 1980s time capsule letter while cleaning out a room at home.

Carl Skivington found 14-year-old Deborah Stokes’ note while she was sorting a nursery for his unborn baby in Burton upon Trent, Staffs.

Carl was stunned to find the letter tucked away in a cupboard

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Carl was stunned to find the letter tucked away in a cupboardCredit: BPM
Deborah talks about her life in 1982

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Deborah talks about her life in 1982Credit: BPM

In it, the teenager reveals her favorite band is The Boomtown Rats and says a pint of beer is just 60p and a loaf of bread is 30p.

Carl, 44, believes the letter offers a fascinating glimpse into life in Britain in the 1980s.

He said Staffordshire Live: “I was really shocked when I read it, but it was nice to have one of those times when you see some really good news for a change. And I’m not sure how it was at Burton in 1982, but I’m sure it is, things have changed since then, but I don’t know if it’s much better now.

“I was also amazed and impressed by the amount of detail she put in the letter. For example seeing that a pint of beer is only 60p when you are now looking at more like 5 pounds.

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“And she said it was her late father who gave her the idea, which was a lovely thought. The whole experience of finding everything really made my day.

“It’s just so random that it’s like she’s saying ‘I hope you like my room.’ Because obviously that was her bedroom as a child and now it will be the bedroom for the next generation and my future child.”

Carl managed to track down Deborah, now in her fifties, after posting a picture of her online.

She said her father, who died two years ago, told her to write a time capsule letter to hide in the closet she was writing on.

The note read: “I wonder what is happening in the world when you read this letter? Last week, President Leonid Brezhnev of the Soviet Union died of a heart attack and was quickly replaced by Yuri Andropov.

“My favorite groups are Haircut One Hundred and The Boomtown Rats. I wonder if they still exist?

“By the way, milk is 20p a pint, bread is 30p to 38p a loaf, while beer is 60p a pint. I hope the world is a better place when you see this. I like to think it will be.”

Deborah said she has now asked her children to write their own letters, which can be hidden for future generations.

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She added: “I think my dad would have hoped someone would have seen it, but not that it would have taken that long.

“It’s just a shame that he sadly passed away a few years ago and couldn’t see it being found.”

Deborah with husband Bradley has now encouraged her children to write time capsule letters

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Deborah with husband Bradley has now encouraged her children to write time capsule lettersCredit: BPM
Her own father inspired her to write the note

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Her own father inspired her to write the noteCredit: BPM

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Bobby Allyn

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