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Blue plaques unveiling

PUBLISHED: 16:04 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:52 03 July 2010

TWO commemorative blue plaques are to be unveiled in Great Yarmouth on Monday morning.

Great Yarmouth and District Archaeological Society will be unveiling the first plaque commemorating the “Fall of the Suspension Bridge” with the loss of 79 lives in 1845 near the White Swan public house on North Quay at 11.

TWO commemorative blue plaques are to be unveiled in Great Yarmouth on Monday morning.

Great Yarmouth and District Archaeological Society will be unveiling the first plaque commemorating the “Fall of the Suspension Bridge” with the loss of 79 lives in 1845 near the White Swan public house on North Quay at 11.30am.

There will be a dedication by Canon Michael Woods

The second one, half an hour later, will be in honour of Sir Astley Cooper and be placed on the Old Vicarage in Church Plain. It will be dedicated Hugh Sturzaker, retired consultant from the James Paget University Hospital.

Chairman of the society Andrew Fakes explained: “Sir Astley was the son of the Vicar of Yarmouth and went on to become surgeon to King William IV and Queen Victoria as well as a famous anatomist and medical practitioner.

“Although he wasn't as well known as James Paget, he was equally famous in his own lifetime. His reputation may be tainted by his patronage of 'body snatchers' but human bodies available to the medical profession for experimentation and training purposes were in very short supply when Cooper was practising.”

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