Book of tributes to poet presented

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TRIBUTES written to Lord Byron immediately after his death are back where they belong — at Hucknall Parish Church, where the poet is buried.

The church has received a copy of a book of condolence from the National Library of Scotland, which houses a collection of Byron’s work in the John Murray Archive.

The library curator, David McClay, travelled to Hucknall from Edinburgh to present the treasured item at a service in the church during the International Byron Festival.

The original book was placed outside the church in 1824 for visitors to leave their tributes. It mysteriously disappeared in 1825 but turned up at a church sale in Savannah, Georgia, USA, where it was bought for just over £20 by Marilyn Solana,

It is 135 pages long and was signed by more than 800 visitors from all walks of life. At the service, Hucknall rector the Rev Kathryn Herrod said having a copy of the book was ‘wonderful for Hucknall’.

n OUR PHOTO shows the book being handed over by Mr McClay (left) to Byron Festival organiser Ken Purslow and the Rev Kathryn Herrod — DISPIC NHUD12-1492-2.