Plaque to be unveiled in Beaconsfield to commemorate famous author

Bucks Free Press: Plaque to be unveiled to commemorate famous author Plaque to be unveiled to commemorate famous author

A COMMEMORATIVE plaque to mark the life of children’s author Enid Blyton will be unveiled in Beaconsfield next month.

The Famous Five author was a Beaconsfield resident for over 30 years and even created one of her most famous characters whilst living in the area.

The plaque will be unveiled by the Mayor of Beaconsfield, Sandy Saunders, in a ceremony on Wednesday, May 7 at 2.30pm.

The brass plaque is the result of a campaign by the Beaconsfield Society to raise awareness of the author.

Beaconsfield Society member, Kari Dorme, said: “This plaque is long overdue in honouring our world famous children’s author.

“Now Enid Blyton will have been at last, properly acknowledged by and seen to be belonging to Beaconsfield.

“It should be recognised that she was a great children’s writer and has encouraged many thousands of children to read - she’s a real page turner and leads you onto other things.”

Last year the Society organised a highly successful Enid Blyton Week which included many children’s activities including story times, art competition, a Green Hedges party, a gala film evening and special events at Bekonscot Model Village.

The plaque which was commissioned and paid for by Beaconsfield Town Council will take pride of place in the Town Hall gardens next to the existing painted figures of Noddy and Big Ears, characters which the author created whilst living in Beaconsfield.

Enid Blyton was a resident of Beaconsfield for more than 30 years from 1938-1968.

She named her house on the Penn Road “Green Hedges” and it became a world famous address for all the fans that wrote to her. The house was demolished in 1973 to make way for a new development, now called Blyton Close.

For more information on the Beaconsfield Society visit: www.beaconsfieldsociety.org.uk

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