A new ‘blue plaque’ celebrating the story of a local company that became known internationally will be unveiled by the Delvers History Group on Saturday 29 April.
The plaque is one of 17 that can be found around the town, telling the lesser-known stories that link to Gainsborough’s fascinating past.
To recognise the 25th anniversary since the first plaque was erected, the final plaque is dedicated to the workers of Roses of Gainsborough, which operated from 1880 to 1987.
Founder of the Delvers History Group, Thelma Childs has been involved in all seventeen plaque installations.
“We’re delighted to be able to recognise Roses of Gainsborough and the contributions they made to the town. There are many people that live in Gainsborough and beyond that are connected to the company, whether they worked there or have a relative or friend that did – Roses has a special connection with many people.”
Roses of Gainsborough was formed by William Rose after he designed the world’s first tobacco wrapping machine. His invention then later evolved into confectionery and other items.
Their revolutionary flare for design also led them to play an essential role during World War I and II and is said to have made parts for the Lancaster’s that carried out the Dambusters raid.
The plaque will be unveiled on Saturday 29 April at 11am, at Riverside Car Park, Gainsborough, DN21 1QD (the old Lidl car park, opposite Spokes Coffee Shop and adjacent to Poundstretcher), during a short ceremony.
Group Captain James Beldon MBE will unveil the plaque, paying tribute to the workers of Roses and commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Dambusters raid.
A wider project for the Delvers History Group is also underway, creating a printed trail that will take people round the entire collection of plaques. The booklet will provide further insight into the stories behind each plaque, with an opportunity to find out more online.
The trail booklet is being funded by West Lindsey District Council and forms part of the town’s developing visitor offer.
Faye Pudney, Visitor Economy Officer at WLDC, said:
“We are thrilled to be able to support the Delvers History Group with their project. Gainsborough has so many fascinating stories that are not very well known and I look forward promoting these stories with our visitors and residents. It is important that we have these stories documented so that they can be shared for many years to come.”
To find out more about the Delvers History Group search for The Delvers – Old Gainsborough – Online on Facebook.
To find out more about things to do and places to visit in and around Gainsborough, visit www.discovergainsborough.com. For regular updates, follow @discovergains on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.