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Beaconsfield finally set to commemorate world-famous resident
A PLAQUE commemorating one of Beaconsfield’s best-loved residents is set to be unveiled after a long-running campaign by a town society.
Enid Blyton wrote many of her major works during her 30 years living in Beaconsfield between 1938 and 1968.
The Beaconsfield Society has led calls for the Famous Five and Noddy author to be officially recognised, with the Town Council agreeing in April to fund a permanent reminder.
And the world-famous children’s author, who has sold over 500 million books worldwide, will be officially cemented in the town’s history when the new plaque is installed in the next few months.
Beaconsfield Society committee member Kari Dorme, who led the campaign, said: “I am delighted that the Enid Blyton plaque has now been made and will be unveiled in the New Year. This plaque is long overdue in honouring our world famous children’s author.”
“With the arrival of the plaque in 2014 I feel that Enid Blyton will have been at last, properly acknowledged by and seen to be belonging to Beaconsfield.”
The plaque, which was commissioned and paid for by Beaconsfield Town Council, will take pride of place in the Town Hall gardens next to an existing cartoon installation of Noddy and Big Ears.
Mrs Dorme said she expects the ceremony will take place towards the spring, at a time when school children are available to attend.
The plaque comes after a week of Enid Blyton celebrations in July, organised by the society, which included children’s parties, film screenings and a special event at Bekonscot Model Village.
Blyton lived for nearly 30 years in a house called Green Hedges, which was demolished in 1973 to make way for a housing development, now called Blyton Close.
Mrs Dorme also wants to arrange for a further plaque at Blyton Close to commemorate the site.
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