At last the Blue Plaque for Clara James has been unveiled at the Heritage Centre about twenty months after we were approached about the possibility. We are very pleased to say Clara’s Great Niece, Jill Manson and her family were able to join us. We first had contact with Jill in 2008.
The Lord Lieutenant Jennifer Tolhurst was there and along with Town Mayor Doreen Anderson unveiled the long awaited plaque.
Town Mayor Doreen Anderson and the Lord Lieutenant Jennifer Tolhurst with the plaque for Clara James
Jill Mason, Clara’s Great Niece in front of the archive’s display board.
Town Mayor Doreen Anderson, Lord Lieutenant Jennifer Tolhurst with Ray Howard MBE and Rosemary de Boise.
Jill Mason with Castle Point Mayor Martin Tucker and Mayoress Dawn
Castle Point Mayor Martin Tucker with his wife Mayoress Dawn and Janet Penn from the Archive
Town Mayor Doreen Anderson, Lord Lieutenant Jennifer Tolhurst and Dr James Bettley all gave short speeches before the unveiling.
Town Mayor and Lord Lieutenant unveil the plaque
Councillors and Mayor from the Town council, Janet Walden Chair of the Archive, Castle Point Mayor, Don McClean from the Heritage Centre and representatives of the WI and not forgetting Jill Mason.
Ray Howard MBE gave a speech of welcome to the guest as the Patron of the Heritage Centre
Cindy Snowdon representing the WI
Some of the guests enjoying the cakes and tea.