Vote for Gresley!
By: Robin Jones
A4 designer Sir Nigel Gresley could be in line for civic recognition in his childhood home of Derbyshire.
Derbyshire County Council has revealed its 12-strong shortlist of its next round of prestigious Derbyshire Blue Plaques, which honour people who have contributed something to their area.
Gresley was born in Edinburgh in 1876, but was raised in Netherseal, where his father was the village rector.
He is buried in the family plot at Netherseal.
Now it is down to the public to decide who should get a blue plaque by voting for who they think is the most deserving.
There are six plaques in the latest round of county council judging.
Andrew Lewer, the authority's leader and cabinet member for culture, said: "This is a fascinating list of Derbyshire's great and good. The public has really done us proud by suggesting such a wide variety to choose from."
It is up to the public to decide if Sir Nigel deserved a blue plaque.
Votes can be cast online www.burtonmail.co.uk. at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/blueplaques, or by filling in a voting form printed in the county council's newspaper, Derbyshire First. This can then be handed in to any Derbyshire County Council library.
Forms can also be sent in by post to Blue Plaques Vote, Derbyshire County Council, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3AG. The closing date for votes is Friday, November 16.
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