Clitheroe memorial plaque to sea captain is ‘too high to read’

HIGH TIME IT WAS MOVED Clitheroe teacher Malcolm Scott strains to read the plaque.

HIGH TIME IT WAS MOVED Clitheroe teacher Malcolm Scott strains to read the plaque.

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A MEMORIAL plaque commemorating the life of a Clitheroe adventurer has attracted complaints that it is too high to read.

Clitheroe Civic Society has submitted an application to Ribble Valley Borough Council to lower the plaque for naval Captain James King, which is attached to the Yorkshire Bank building in Market Place, by over two feet.

Born in Clitheroe in 1750, Captain King was educated at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School before joining the navy and serving with Captain James Cook on his famous voyage to the Pacific in 1779.

Pauline Wood, chairman of the Civic Society, said: “I have spoken to many people in Clitheroe who have said that they did not even know that the plaque was there.

“It does not serve its function in that position.

“The writing on it is really quite small and almost impossible to read and it would make a real difference if it was moved down so more people could see it.

“It’s only a matter of time until it gets moved to a better place and I can’t think of anyone who would oppose it."

Clitheroe Town councillor, Simon O’Rourke, said: “I agree that it should be lowered because at the moment people like myself using wheelchairs can’t see it.

“Residents who are visually impaired are also cut off from it.

“He was a great Clitheroe figure and the plaque deserves to be in a better position.”

Captain King joined the Royal Navy as a 12-year-old midshipman and set sail with Cook in 1776 aboard HMS Resolution as a lieutenant.

And after surviving several encounters with cannibals and near-kidnap, they finally reached The Sandwich Islands, now known as Hawaii.

When he returned to England four years later he was named as captain of the famous ship HMS Discovery.

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6:34pm Tue 23 Apr 13

bingoman1 says...

is there a plaque for jimmy clitheroe, i think there is something in blacko but not sure about clitheroe ?.
is there a plaque for jimmy clitheroe, i think there is something in blacko but not sure about clitheroe ?. bingoman1
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6:36pm Tue 23 Apr 13

bingoman1 says...

just a thought, but if this plaque ( in the photo ) WAS lower down someone might nick it ?
just a thought, but if this plaque ( in the photo ) WAS lower down someone might nick it ? bingoman1
  • Score: 4

7:05pm Tue 23 Apr 13

2 for 5p says...

Crickey.
There's a bloke down my street met a man who knows a who once met a news reader off the regional broadcaster, 'can I have a plaque"
UNBELIVEABLE
Crickey. There's a bloke down my street met a man who knows a who once met a news reader off the regional broadcaster, 'can I have a plaque" UNBELIVEABLE 2 for 5p
  • Score: -4

7:39pm Tue 23 Apr 13

Graham Hartley says...

This is of course another sign that The Great Flood is coming again.
This is of course another sign that The Great Flood is coming again. Graham Hartley
  • Score: 1

9:21pm Tue 23 Apr 13

bingoman1 says...

is there as spec savers in clitheroe ??
is there as spec savers in clitheroe ?? bingoman1
  • Score: 2

9:41pm Tue 23 Apr 13

Morag Crump says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Crickey. There's a bloke down my street met a man who knows a who once met a news reader off the regional broadcaster, 'can I have a plaque" UNBELIVEABLE
LOL 2 for 5 your Sooooooo cute xxxxx
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Crickey. There's a bloke down my street met a man who knows a who once met a news reader off the regional broadcaster, 'can I have a plaque" UNBELIVEABLE[/p][/quote]LOL 2 for 5 your Sooooooo cute xxxxx Morag Crump
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10:53pm Tue 23 Apr 13

Major Tom says...

It's always the same, they try to bring you down to their level. It's like cash machines are all for those under 5ft tall because some can't reach up an extra 2 inch. Before you know it anybody under 5ft will be saying they have a humin right to invalidity benefits.
It's always the same, they try to bring you down to their level. It's like cash machines are all for those under 5ft tall because some can't reach up an extra 2 inch. Before you know it anybody under 5ft will be saying they have a humin right to invalidity benefits. Major Tom
  • Score: 0

2:10pm Wed 24 Apr 13

Stop Backenders says...

Major Tom wrote:
It's always the same, they try to bring you down to their level. It's like cash machines are all for those under 5ft tall because some can't reach up an extra 2 inch. Before you know it anybody under 5ft will be saying they have a humin right to invalidity benefits.
To for up your a pompous,” haughty backside” by the sounds of it. What goes around comes around?
[quote][p][bold]Major Tom[/bold] wrote: It's always the same, they try to bring you down to their level. It's like cash machines are all for those under 5ft tall because some can't reach up an extra 2 inch. Before you know it anybody under 5ft will be saying they have a humin right to invalidity benefits.[/p][/quote]To for up your a pompous,” haughty backside” by the sounds of it. What goes around comes around? Stop Backenders
  • Score: 3

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