The first Charnwood Heritage Plaque has been unveiled and it marks the borough’s links to the Armed Forces.
The plaque was revealed at the Army Reserve Centre in Loughborough at a ceremony held on Saturday, June 30 and honours the 158 Logistics Regiment and 203 Transport Squadron.
The Charnwood Heritage Plaque scheme has been launched by the borough council to mark fascinating people, places and events in Charnwood’s history.
Cllr Jonathan Morgan, leader of the council, said: “I was delighted to be at the unveiling of our first Charnwood Heritage Plaque and I look forward to seeing many more in the future.
“Our borough has a rich history and the plaques are a fitting way to celebrate our past.”
The Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Christine Harris, said: “It was an honour to unveil the first Charnwood Heritage Plaque and it not only looks splendid but it also shows we are proud of our history and our support for the armed forces.”
Peter Lewis, who chairs a panel which leads the plaque scheme, said: “I am really pleased to see the plaque in place at the Army Reserve Centre.
“I have always said that the aim is to make sure people know about our past because it is part of our present. Our history is all part of the rich fabric of life in the borough.
“Over time we will introduce more plaques to honour people, places and events in Charnwood so I would encourage residents to come to forward with suggestions and supporting evidence.
“We want to see plaques across the borough, not just in Loughborough, but other towns and villages as well.”
A second plaque is already planned to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One. It will be unveiled in Loughborough town centre on Sunday November 11, 2018 where many men gathered before leaving for conflict.
The plaque 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 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.