Lost historic book returns to Wisbech

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The return of a piece of Wisbech history, lost for over a century, is being officially marked on Wednesday July 17 with a presentation at the town’s museum.

Assistant Curator Robert Bell will accept a historic leather-bound book into the collection signed by 247 local dignitaries and presented to Henry Thorns, along with 100 sovereigns, in 1896.

It passed to a Mr Ross, now living in Lincolnshire, who was a London schoolboy in the 1970s when he received the book. Realising its connection with Wisbech, he recently contacted the Wisbech Society and this has led to its important return back to the town.

Mr Bell has discovered that Henry Thorns practiced medicine in Wisbech for many years before being struck off by the General Medical Council for not having a licence. A petition signed by 3,449 local residents was insufficient to reverse the decision, but more than £100 was raised by donation to support the doctor and the funds, along with the book, were presented by the mayor in a ceremony at the town hall.

Mr Ross has decided the book should be returned to Wisbech and the Wisbech Society has arranged for the Town Mayor, Councillor Sam Hoy, to present it on his behalf.

Wisbech Society Chairman Ray Johnson, said: “I’m delighted that the Wisbech Society is helping return an important part of Wisbech’s past to the town, re-discovering a ‘lost’ story that underlines the generosity and community support traditionally found in Wisbech.”