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Centenary double

PUBLISHED: 16:54 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 23 August 2010

Gravesend
28-05-08
Gravesend Library
Unveiling of 2 old plaques
Mike Hill - KCC Cabinet Minister for Communities unveils one of the plaques

Gravesend 28-05-08 Gravesend Library Unveiling of 2 old plaques Mike Hill - KCC Cabinet Minister for Communities unveils one of the plaques

THE centenary of a former mayor s death has been commemorated with the unveiling of two plaques at a library. Mayor of Gravesham Ken Jones and Kent County Council cabinet member for communities Mike Hill took part in a ceremony held at Gravesend Library

THE centenary of a former mayor's death has been commemorated with the unveiling of two plaques at a library.

Mayor of Gravesham Ken Jones and Kent County Council cabinet member for communities Mike Hill took part in a ceremony held at Gravesend Library at midday last Wednesday.

The plaques were originally hung in the library when it was opened by eight-time mayor George Matthews Arnold on September 28, 1905. In the 1950s they were taken down when the front door was replaced and remained in a store for more than 50 years.

Christoph Bull, manager of Gravesend Library, discovered them after he was told of their existence by a member of Gravesend Historical Society.

He said: "I was really excited to find the plaques. All the people whose names are on them were the ones who established the library so without them it wouldn't exist."

The unveiling came just a week after a special service was held in St John's Roman Catholic Church, in Parrock Street, Gravesend, n memory of GM Arnold.

Mr Bull said: "It's the nearest thing to time travel you can get. Actually celebrating someone's centenary with something they themselves have touched and which hasn't been touched for 50 years.

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