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Which Leicestershire people and places are in the running for a green plaque?

Green Plaque scheme

Time is running out for members of the public to cast their votes to decide on the people and places which will be the next to be honoured with a Green Plaque Award.

Leicestershire County Council is asking people to have their say on where the green plaques should go in the sixth round of the scheme, which honours people and places which have contributed to their communities and wider society.

A total of 32 nominations were received from around the county, which were narrowed down to a shortlist of 12 by a panel of judges.

Members of the public are being asked to vote for the top six to receive a plaque – but time is running out as voting will close just before midnight on Sunday 24 October.

The nominees are:

  • Lt Col Philip Eric Bent VC DSO, attended school in Ashby-de-la-Zouch. He was awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War;
  • Sgt Herbert Ernest Black RAFVR, Second World War fighter pilot from Measham;
  • Samuel Swinfen Burdett, philanthropist and member of US Congress from Broughton Astley;
  • Frances Elizabeth Deacon from Fleckney. She was the first woman to pass the qualifying exam to become a pharmacist;
  • George Fox from Fenny Drayton who founded the Quaker Movement;
  • William Lilly, astrologer and author who was born in Diseworth;
  • Regt Sgt Major Thomas Meredith DCM from Wigston Magna. He was a member of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment and WWII prisoner of war;
  • Military Stables at the Defence Animal Training Unit, Melton;
  • The Pound, an historic site in Countesthorpe where stray animals were kept;
  • William Railton, architect who designed Nelson’s Column and many Leicestershire landmarks including Beaumanor Hall in Woodhouse;
  • Theodora Salusbury, Arts & Crafts stained glass artist who designed stained glass windows in churches across Leicestershire;
  • Count Louis Zborowski, racing driver and engineer who lived for a time in Melton Mowbray.

This is the sixth round of Green Plaque Awards, and they always get a fantastic response from the public, who have the opportunity to pay tribute to people and places who have made a mark on the history of their communities.

“It’s up to the people of Leicestershire to have their say by voting for their favourites – you can vote for up to six.

"The six who get the most votes will be honoured with a Green Plaque. Don’t miss out on the chance to have your say - make sure you vote by 24 October.

County council chairman Councillor Dan Harrison 

To find out more information about the nominees and to vote, visit www.leicestershire.gov.uk/greenplaques

A postal voting form is also available for anyone without internet access by calling 0116 305 4112.

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