a celebration of Samuel Plimsoll, 17 th july at Folkestone

By Gordon Frickers on February 16th, 2013

This is to let you have the good news: the Folkestone Charter of Corporation has agreed to incorporate a celebration of Samuel Plimsoll into its 700th celebrations on 17th July.

I shall keep you posted about other commemorative activity as I hear about it.

The clipper ship Samuel Plimsoll is illustrated in fine detail in the painting “Emigration Plymouth Cattewater“. I have pages of research on the ship, passengers and the formerly renowned now largely forgotten Plymouth Emigration Depot.

I hope on e day to have time to write or have a friendly volunteer write the story for this web site or a book about marine art.

An exhibition about Plimsoll at the Town Hall Museum in March is under discussion, supported by Folkestone Town Mayor Rodica Wheeler.

I am also delighted to report that the takings for both the previous Samuel Plimsoll events meant that the RNLI and the Kent Merchant Navy Association each received £428.

Many thanks to all for their generosity.

And for recent media attention to Samuel Plimsoll, see the following links:

BBC Southeast website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-21387016

‘Old Salt Blog’: http://www.oldsaltblog.com/2013/02/happy-birthday-samuel-plimsoll-the-sailors-friend-a-man-who-truly-left-his-mark-on-shipping/

Hawkinge Gazette, by Ray Duff 13.2.13 http://www.localrags.co.uk/index.php/News/2013/2/13/folkestone-local-hero-memorial-attracts-hundreds—photo/

Go Folkestone Facebook site https://en-gb.facebook.com/GoFolkestone?filter=1

Dover Express article 13.2.13 by Anthony Thrower http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/Honour-service-sailors-champion/story-18145207-detail/story.html#axzz2Kss3AVOs

This is Kent 17.1. 13 http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/Honouring-man-saved-countless-lives/story-17882200-detail/story.html#axzz2KxFZgpL8

And a pdf is attached of an excellent article by Chris Price in Kent Media’s What’s On supplement. The man who drew the line.


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