VIDEO: Plaque unveiled in Mexborough to honour Ted Hughes

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A plaque was unveiled this week to honour former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes at his childhood home in Mexborough.

The tribute has been placed above a shop at 75 Main Street to mark where he grew up during the Second World War and the post war years.

The Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies has 'unveiled' a plaque to the late poet laureate Ted Hughes. The plaque is on the wall of 75 Main Street, Mexborough, where Mr Hughes lived from 1938 to 1951. Our picture shows the Mayor (third left) with, from left, sculptor Graham Ibbeson, painter Ashley Jackson and poet Jack Brown.

The Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies has 'unveiled' a plaque to the late poet laureate Ted Hughes. The plaque is on the wall of 75 Main Street, Mexborough, where Mr Hughes lived from 1938 to 1951. Our picture shows the Mayor (third left) with, from left, sculptor Graham Ibbeson, painter Ashley Jackson and poet Jack Brown.

It was funded by a committee of his supporters who also used the unveiling on Tuesday to launch an appeal to raise £100,000 for a bronze statue of the writer in the town.

The committee is made up of poets Steve Ely and Jack Brown, artist Ashley Jackson and sculptor Graham Ibbeson. Peter Davies, mayor of Doncaster, is also in support.

At the unveiling, artist Ashley Jackson, who is originally from Mexborough, said: “I think it is long overdue that he is honoured with this plaque.

“He is one of the greatest poets this country has ever produced.”

The plaque forms the first part of a proposed triple tribute to the poet.

The committee is seeking donations to raise money for a bronze statue which could be sited in Mexborough.

In addition there are also hopes for a Ted Hughes Trail, which would take in some of the writer’s favourite childhood places in the Dearne Valley.

Mr Ibbeson, 61, of Barnsley, who created the famous statue of late comedian Eric Morecambe, has agreed to sculpt the statue and has already unveiled artist’s impressions of his designs.

He said: “There are Ted Hughes fans all over the world and I think this will bring tourists into Mexborough.”

Ted moved to Mexborough from Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, when he was aged seven and lived in the town from 1938-51. He was Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death in 1998.

Anyone who would like to make donations can send a cheque to Doncaster Council (Ted Hughes).