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Memorial plaques will be replaced

PUBLISHED: 16:54 15 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:26 30 June 2010

THE memories of eight people represented by plaques in the grounds of St George's Chapel in Great Yarmouth will be honoured by the borough council.

The positive response follows pleas by Val Howkins, who helped get the plaques erected, for the memorials in the King Street chapel's grounds to be restored after being removed by workmen carrying out regeneration work to the grade I listed baroque building.

THE memories of eight people represented by plaques in the grounds of St George's Chapel in Great Yarmouth will be honoured by the borough council.

The positive response follows pleas by Val Howkins, who helped get the plaques erected, for the memorials in the King Street chapel's grounds to be restored after being removed by workmen carrying out regeneration work to the grade I listed baroque building.

Borough council spokesman Steven Reilly said: “The borough council understands the importance of the memorials at St George's Chapel and we have kept the plaques from the site safe because of this.

“Trees will be replanted on site as part of the renovation work and the council, trustees, and other partners involved in the project, are discussing an appropriate way to remember the individuals who are named on the plaques.”

Mr Reilly added the council would be happy to discuss any concerns Ms Howkins had over the future of the plaques.

In 1981, Mrs Howkins organised for memorial trees and plaques to be placed in the grounds in memory of local people who had died, with cash donated by the grieving relatives.

A separate appeal has been launched for a “Hiroshima Tree” to be reinstated, which was planted in the grounds of the old theatre to mark the thousands of people who died during the atom bombing of Japan which ended the second world war.


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