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Plaque commemorating George Orwell’s link to Southwold unveiled

PUBLISHED: 15:11 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:38 21 May 2018

Quentin Kopp, Richard Blair, author Ronald Binns, Southwold mayor Michael Rowan-Robinson, and town councillor Sue Doy. Picture: Chris Ure

Quentin Kopp, Richard Blair, author Ronald Binns, Southwold mayor Michael Rowan-Robinson, and town councillor Sue Doy. Picture: Chris Ure

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Members of the Orwell Society and Southwold Town councilors met to unveil a new plaque commemorating George Orwell’s time living in the town.

Montague House, where George Orwell lived in Southwold. Picture: Chris UreMontague House, where George Orwell lived in Southwold. Picture: Chris Ure

Orwell, real name Eric Blair, lived in the house between 1932 and 1941.

Richard Blair, George Orwell’s adopted son, formally unveiled the new plaque which replaces its faded predecessor on Montague House in Southwold.

The event, on Sunday, May 20, followed a walk from author Ronald Binns who wrote Orwell in Southwold, a book looking at Orwell’s time in the town, with mayor Michael Rowan-Robinson and town councillor Sue Doy both in attendance.

Mr Binns said: “The old one was not very visible and the new plaque is much sharper and it is much more legible and visible and you are much more likely to see it walking up the street.”

The plaque in Southwold. Picture: Chris UreThe plaque in Southwold. Picture: Chris Ure

Quentin Kopp, cousin of Richard Blair and son of Orwell’s commander during the Spanish Civil War was also at the ceremony.

The plaque was crowdfunded by the Orwell Society and cost around £500.


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