Next blue plaque will be to United States founding father

The new blue plaque will be unveiled in August.
The new blue plaque will be unveiled in August.
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A NEW commemorative blue plaque to one of the founding fathers of the United States is due to be unveiled next month.

The first plaques were unveiled in May at the King’s School and were to Grantham war heroes Capt Albert Ball and L Cpl Joseph Tombs.

The new plaque will be unveiled in the George Shopping Centre at Ask restaurant by the national president of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland, Ray Burman.

Thomas Paine is considered one of the founding fathers of the United States but lived in Britain until the age of 37.

He had been a customs officer in Grantham, living at the George Hotel - now the George Shopping Centre - from December 1762 until he was transferred to Alford in August 1764.

Courtney Finn of Grantham Civic Society said: “He was a strange but visionary man and contributed to the debates of the American Revolution. He is much honoured in the United States today.”

The civic society are particularly keen to involve and invite any Americans living in the area, particularly students at Harlaxton Manor.

The latest plaque is one of a series prepared by Grantham Civic Society to commemorate famous people who have lived in Grantham.

Other people set to feature on forthcoming plaques include L Cpl Walter Parker, renowned doll-maker Madam Montanari, author and Sir Isaac Newton.

The Thomas Paine blue plaque will be unveiled on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 17, with the exact time yet to be confirmed.

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