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Blue plaque honour for Dad's Army's Arthur Lowe
Arthur Lowe
Arthur Lowe played Captain Mainwaring from 1968-1977

Hayfield-born actor Arthur Lowe is among six famous Derbyshire people being honoured with a blue plaque by the county council.

The Dad's Army star joins railway pioneer George Stephenson and world famous architect Joseph Paxton in being recognised.

The council ran an online vote from a long list of 12 nominated names.

Chesterfield's Olave Baden-Powell, who helped establish the girl guides movement, won the most votes.

Important people

Bakewell's Richard Arkwright Junior, who assisted his father in engineering the industrial revolution, will also be honoured.

And Bolsover-born Jedidiah Buxton is being recognised for his contribution to mathematics.

Blue plaques are used around the country to mark the place where important people were born or raised.

Sheila Booth, Chair of the Hayfield Civic Trust which nominated Arthur Lowe, said: "His portrayal of Captain Mainwaring brought a smile to millions.

"It immortalised a wry personification of Britishness at a critical time in our history."

Derbyshire County Council's vote covered the whole of Derbyshire but not Derby itself.

English Heritage, which founded the first blue plaque scheme in London in 1866, does not erect plaques outside the capital but does offer advice on locally-run schemes around the country.

Councillors will now decide the best locations for its first six plaques.




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