Braille plaque honours composer

PUBLISHED: 11:25 29 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:23 06 May 2010

Unveiling the plaque

Unveiling the plaque

THE needs of the blind and partially sighted were recognised at a ceremony on Saturday. It was the unveiling at St Nicholas Church in Stevenage Old Town of a Braille plaque to the composer Elizabeth Poston who was born locally 100 years ago and died in 19

THE needs of the blind and partially sighted were recognised at a ceremony on Saturday.

It was the unveiling at St Nicholas Church in Stevenage Old Town of a Braille plaque to the composer Elizabeth Poston who was born locally 100 years ago and died in 1987.

The plaque describes the adjacent monument Only Connect erected to her friend, EM Forster, that is unique in being the only one in the world to the novelist who drew his inspiration from his early years in Stevenage at Rooks Nest House, also known as Howards End.

Tony Edwards, chief executive officer of the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind, performed the unveiling ceremony, with town MP Barbara Follett, mayor Simon Speller and members of the Friends of the Forster Country and the public in attendance,

Money for the plaque came from the Local Heritage Initiative, a partnership between The Heritage Lottery Fund, Nationwide Building Society and the Countryside Agency, which has sponsored all the Elizabeth Poston centenary celebration events held.

Mr Edwards said that his members were deeply appreciative of the importance of both words and music in our lives, both for enjoyment and as part of our literary and musical heritage.

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