Mexborough Heritage Society unveils blue plaque trail booklet celebrating local legends

A HISTORY group serving a town which was home to a host of famous names is now bringing all its blue plaque legends together in own place.

Mexborough and District Heritage Society is releasing a new Blue Plaque Trail booklet.

After receiving a grant from the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership in 2018 to create a series of blue plaques to honour important individuals in Mexborough’s heritage and a booklet to go with it, the project is finally finished.

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It is hoped by the society that those walking through the trail will use the booklet alongside to educate them on the full story of the figures represented, including philanthropic couple Fred and Ann Green and racing driver Mike Hawthorne.

Mexborough was also home to late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, while Brian Blessed also began his journey to worldwide fame in the town.

The walking trail is around two and a half miles in length and guides with historical knowledge of the town will occasionally be available.

Bill Lawrence, secretary of the society, said: “It is hoped that a number can be distributed to local schools to be used

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as a teaching aid which we hope help students understand Mexborough’s rich heritage.”

At the moment, a limited number of booklets will be made available to libraries and schools for educational purposes.

The booklet is free of charge but the society would welcome any donations to boost their Blue Plaque Fund.

Representatives of the society are available on Fridays from 11-3pm at their base in Mexborough Library.