Plaque to mark famous composer’s former home

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A NEW plaque outside a Hucknall house to show that Eric Coates once lived there has been officially unveiled.

The ceremony at Tenter Hill on Duke Street took place on Saturday August 27 — the same day as the 125th anniversary of the famous composer’s birth.

The unveiling was performed by Ann Smith, of Southwell, whose husband, Harry Smith, is consultant to the Hucknall-based Eric Coates Society.

The plaque, which is blue with white lettering, describes the composer as “the uncrowned king of light music”. Initiated by the society and Ashfield District Council, it has been placed above another plaque in honour of Coates, which was erected 50 years ago.

Brian Connor, a former Conservative member of Ashfield Council, and his wife, Debbie, currently live at Tenter Hill — and they made the occasion an ‘open house day’.