COUNCILLORS have agreed to pay for a plaque to honour one of Clitheroe's most celebrated sons.

Town councillors, who met at Clitheroe town hall, agreed to pay for the plaque to commemorate Captain James King, a Clitheroe-born navigator who sailed with Captain James Cook and Horatio Nelson. As well as the £168 cost of the blue plaque, councillors also agreed to contribute £300 to the cost of a reception and buffet lunch at the official unveiling ceremony on November 16. This will come from the mayor's welfare fund.

The plaque will be attached to the side of the Yorkshire Bank, King Street, at the spot where it is thought James King was born in 1750.

He later became a pupil at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School before joining the Royal Navy and sailing with Cook on his final, fatal voyage in 1776.

King also fought alongside Nelson in the West Indies.