07:46 Wednesday 18 December 2013

Plaque scheme for people and places

Written byROB SMYTH

FASCINATING aspects of history in North West Leicestershire are about to be revealed with the launch of an award scheme to celebrate important people and places linked to the area.

Leicestersshire County Council has announced plans for a green plaque awards scheme which encourages residents in the area to nominate people and places which they think are worthy of commemoration.

Six green plaques will be unveiled next year and nominations can cover such themes as war heroes, local heroes and famous people, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, places with cultural or heritage connections and buildings of historic or architectural importance.

County council leader Nick Rushton said: “The 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.”

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 deceased for at least 20 years.

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

Residents will then be able to vote for up to six nominees.

A spokesman for the authority told the Mail: “People can make a nomination by writing to Green Plaques, Communities and Wellbeing, Room 500, Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield LE3 8RA or pick up and drop off a form at any county library.

“They can also nominate online at www.leics.gov.uk/greenplaques and the closing date is Friday, January 24, 2014.”

A similar scheme operates in Derbyshire but blue, instead of green, plaques are used.

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