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Latest green plaque winners are announced

Former Army drill hall and Thomas the Tank Engine illustrator among recipients

Green Plaque Sunloch

More than 6,000 votes were cast in the quest to find the latest six winners to be honoured with a green plaque by Leicestershire County Council.

The awards scheme celebrates and commemorates the county's past, and, from a shortlist of 12, the following people and places have been chosen by public vote to receive the prestigious award:

  • Ann Ayre Hely, from Ravenstone, a nurse in the Crimean war;
  • The Drill Hall, in Melton, which was purpose built in 1914 for the Leicestershire Yeomanry;
  • Heathcoat and Boden’s Lace Factory, in Loughborough, site of the ‘Luddite’ attack of 1816;
  • John Theodore Kenney, from Kibworth, an artist who illustrated Thomas the Tank Engine;
  • Tommy Brown, from Earl Shilton, who helped rescue an Enigma cypher machine and code book from a German submarine;
  • William Pearson, from South Kilworth, who was one of the founders of the Royal Astronomical Society



The amount of votes we received was fantastic and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to get behind their favourite and support the scheme.


“It is great that people want to celebrate and acknowledge the people and places of Leicestershire’s rich history and we will now look at installing these six plaques for everyone to see.”

The selection of the six successful recipients does not mean it is the end of the road for the other nominees. They can put forward their selections again for an award, when the county council looks for new nominations next year.

The green plaque awards scheme was set up by council leader, Councillor Nick Rushton, to recognise and celebrate people and places which have made an important and enduring contribution to the county.

More details on the winners can be found at:

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