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Tony Hart memorial gets approval

Tony Hart
Tony Hart presented shows included Take Hart and Hartbeat

A memorial plaque to television artist Tony Hart is to be mounted in a gallery in the Kent town where the presenter was born and studied.

Hart, 83, who died in Surrey in January, was born in Maidstone in 1925 and studied at the town's art college.

The borough council has agreed to display the plaque as a tribute at the town's Hazlitt Arts Centre.

Fans set up a Facebook campaign after his death to get a statue of him or the character Morph erected in the town.

Councillor Brian Moss, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: "A commemorative plaque will be a permanent reminder of a well-known local artist. We hope that one of his pictures can also be displayed.

"Tony Hart was born in Hastings Road and the arts centre is a fitting venue in which to commemorate him. Perhaps this is a tradition we could continue in other appropriate cases."

The presenter of Vision On, Take Hart and Hartbeat, Mr Hart served as an officer in the 1st Gurkha Rifles in World War II, before joining a course at Maidstone College of Art.

He entered television in 1952 after he had a chance meeting with a BBC TV producer and demonstrated his quick art skills.

Hart had suffered from health problems for a number of years.

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