Historic moment for Rotary club

March unveiling of a plaque at the Stone Cross March
March unveiling of a plaque at the Stone Cross March

WEDNESDAY saw the culmination of almost three years of planning when the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Hugh Duberly, unveiled a commemorative plaque at the Stone Cross in The Causeway, March, which also marked the Queen’s diamond Jubilee.

The plaque is a gift to the town from March Rotary Club.

Over a hundred guests and local people gathered for the unveiling which has been described by Rotary as probably its most prestigious undertaking and something which seals its commitment to the community.

President Ross Davies welcomed everyone and introduced Rotarian Peter English of the Stone Cross committee, who spoke about the background to the plaque and thanked everyone for making it possible.

Hugh Duberly officially unveiled the plinth by removing the Union flag, revealing the stainless steel engraved plaque, set in an limestone block, which was once part of a Fenland bridge.

Mayor of March Jan French, officially received the gift on behalf of the town and thanked Rotary for their gesture.

The Bishop Of Huntingdon, the Rt Rev David Thomson, closed the proceeding with a blessing and refreshments were served at St Wendreda’s Church Hall.

Local historian, Trevor Bevis, who in conjunction with Edna Stacey, had researched and composed the text for the plaque, together with Gary Manning, from Kent Memorials, were all invited to the ceremony.