So what is it from the past that makes Swadlincote great?

A PLEA has been issued for residents to help highlight the hidden gems and historical wonders in a South Derbyshire town.

As part of the Swadlincote Townscape Heritage Scheme, plans are in place to create a heritage trail in Swadlincote, which will help visitors travel back in time.

The trail will be designed to rediscover forgotten or untold historical facts about buildings, people and places in the market town's conservation area.

Now members of the townscape team are urging the public to get involved and come up with ideas on where the trail should venture to – whether it is a former place of work or simply a childhood memory revisited.

A list of suggestions already received can be found on South Derbyshire District Council's website at where people can vote for their top three picks and make their own nominations.

Ideas put forward so far include the former Salt Brothers stores, The Rink dance hall, former heavyweight boxing champion Jack Bodell, TG Greens and famous pottery manufacturer Bretby Pottery.

Once a decision has been made and an official route is confirmed, plaques will be put up during 2017 to mark some of the chosen locations.

Information leaflets will also be available online and at the tourist information centre at Sharpe's Pottery Museum, in West Street, to tell visitors all they need to know.

Kate Allies, environmental development manager at South Derbyshire District Council's environmental education project, said: "We want people to get on board and vote for what they want to see celebrated in Swadlincote."

The trail will be funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, an organisation which aims to bring communities closer together.

But Ms Allies said that more donations were needed to make the trail complete.

Ms Allies said: "The Lottery money will only pay for a few plaques so we are encouraging businesses to help out by sponsoring a plaque for £200 – and their donation will be logged on all the literature."

The deadline for all suggestions is Wednesday, August 31.

People can see more information and photos of some of the suggestions and also add their own comments at

Those who want to find out more about the project or to have a chat about a building email or call Emma Hancock, townscape heritage project officer, on 01283 595756.

Article reproduced from the Burton Mail 08/08/16. Read the original article here

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