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Plaque scheme launched to celebrate Charnwood’s rich heritage

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A scheme to mark fascinating people, places and events in Charnwood’s history has been launched.

The Charnwood Heritage Plaque Scheme is being led by the borough council and aims to bring history to life for current and future generations.

A panel of councillors, officers and community representatives has been formed to help decide on locations and the public are being asked to also make nominations.

The first plaque will honour the 158 Logistics Regiment and 203 Transport Squadron and the town’s links to the Armed Forces. The plaque will be unveiled at the Army Reserve Centre in Leicester Road on Armed Forces Day, June 30.

A plaque honouring the centenary of the end of World War One will be unveiled in Loughborough town centre on Sunday November 11, 2018.

Peter Lewis, who chairs the panel, said: “These plaques are important. They’re not just commemorative. They give us living history and if you want to be called a community then you need to know about your past, which is part of your present. That’s what these plaques are all about.

“They are about people, places or events that have had a significant impact on where we live and our daily lives. We need to make sure that in today’s world the past is not forgotten.”

Chris Traill, a strategic director at the council and a member of the panel, said: “The plaque scheme will celebrate Charnwood’s rich heritage and demonstrate how proud we all are of our local history.

“The scheme will also highlight important people, places and events to future generations and we hope the stories behind the plaques will prove to be of interest and even inspiring to them.

“The Council is delighted to involve people from across the community in the panel which will oversee the scheme as they not only bring a range of skills they all share a common passion for local history.”

The scheme aims to install up to five plaques a year and one will be decided by a public vote.

The Council would like to hear from communities and organisations about other suggestions for a Charnwood Heritage Plaque.

For more information or to nominate a person, place or event for consideration, please visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/heritage_plaques

For the 2019 plaques, the deadline for nominations is July 31, 2018.

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