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National Space Centre curator Dan Kendall with the largest known chunk of the Barwell meteorite which fell to earth on Christmas Eve 1965. It is now owned by London's Natural History Museum
The Barwell meteorite, jet engineer Sir Frank Whittle and women's rights campaigner Lady Florence Dixie have all been chosen as winners in this year's green plaque awards. More »
A record-breaking 5,000 votes were cast to choose six historic places and people from across the county to honour with the prestigious plaque award by Leicestershire County Council.
A green plaque will be installed in Chapel Street, Barwell, to celebrate the giant space rock crashing to earth some 50 years ago.
The meteorite is the largest ever to land in Britain and its arrival on Christmas Eve in 1965 was followed by a mighty sonic boom as the 4.5 million-year-old rock exploded into thousands of pieces.
The largest known chunk is on display at the National Space Centre in Leicester.
The award follows a nomination by Barwell Parish Council.
Councillor Peter Lewis, the county council's deputy cabinet member for green plaques, said: "We received a record number of votes and I want to thank everyone who took the time to get behind their favourite and support the scheme.
"We'll now work hard to get these next six plaques installed as we continue to celebrate the people and places of Leicestershire's rich history."
The green plaque awards scheme was set up by council leader Nick Rushton to recognise and celebrate people and places which have made an important and enduring contribution to the county.
Previous winners of the award include Sunloch, a Grand National winner buried in Burbage, in 2015, and in 2014, a dambuster from Burbage, Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Rice DFC RAF VC.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:26 by Deputy Clerk
Please come along to support this fabulous Strawberry Afternoon Tea event on Saturday 13th August supporting Breast Cancer Care being held at Dovecote Way Pavillion/Hall
Lots of entertainment for all the family including a Bake-Off Competition and Decorate a Cupcake for the children
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:00 by Deputy Clerk