Memorial back to former glory

The Wisbech Society presents cheque for �20,000 to Fenland District Council for the new panel on the Clarkson Memorial. Brian Payne (right) of the Wisbech Society presents the cheque to David Oliver, the portfolio holder for Wisbech affairs.

The Wisbech Society presents cheque for �20,000 to Fenland District Council for the new panel on the Clarkson Memorial. Brian Payne (right) of the Wisbech Society presents the cheque to David Oliver, the portfolio holder for Wisbech affairs.

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WEDNESDAY marked the end of a four-year process to restore one of Wisbech’s most prominent landmarks.

Wisbech Society chairman, Brian Payne, handed over a cheque for £20,000 to David Oliver, who received it on behalf of Fenland Council, for payment for a new panel on the Clarkson Memorial in Bridge Street.

The new Supplicant plaque, of a slave in chains, was carved by Corin Johnson and replaced the badly eroded predecessor.

The plaque, which is set beneath an inscription “remember them that are in bonds”, is one of four on the memorial which commemorates the Wisbech-born anti-slavery campaigner.

Thomas Clarkson was among those who worked to bring about the signing of the Slave Trade Act in 1807, and the presentation by Wisbech Society marks the completion of the restoration of the memorial begun during the 200th anniversary in 2007.