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Plaque scheme to unveil heritage

Richard Blunt, left, the county council's Cabinet member for culture, and leader Nick Rushton at the launch event

Richard Blunt, left, the county council's Cabinet member for culture, and leader Nick Rushton at the launch event

More fascinating aspects of Harborough’s history are set to be revealed with the launch of an award scheme to celebrate important people and places linked to the county.

Leicestershire County Council has announced plans for a Green Plaque awards scheme.

The programme encourages local residents to nominate people and places which they think are worthy of commemoration.

County council leader Nick Rushton said: “The Green Plaque scheme will help us to promote the lives and historical importance of famous local people, build pride in our communities and help support tourism.

“It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate our county’s rich cultural and historic heritage.”

Six Green Plaques will be unveiled next year and nominations can cover people such as war heroes, community stalwarts, famous people, philanthropists and entrepreneurs.

Places with cultural or heritage connections and buildings of historic or architectural importance can also be nominated.

Janet Slatter, chairman of the Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Forum, said: “We are delighted that the Green Plaque scheme is now up and running as it is another opportunity to promote heritage in the county.”

People commemorated in Green Plaques must have been dead for at least 20 years.

Nominations can be made in writing or online and then a shortlist of 12 will be drawn up by a panel of judges.

Local residents will then be able to vote for up to six nominees.

People can make a nomination by writing to Green Plaques, Communities and Wellbeing, Room 500, Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield LE3 8RA.

Forms cans also be picked up and dropped off at any county library.

Nominations can also be made online at the dedicated website: www.leics.gov.uk/greenplaques.

The closing date for nominations is Friday, January 24.

 

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