An edited down version of the following letter was printed in today's Morley Observer and Advertiser:
I had just finished reading Leeds Civic Trust’s annual report when I read of Paul Cockroft’s request (Morley Observer and Advertiser, 31st December 2008) for the trust to consider placing a blue plaque outside the New Pavilion in Morley.
I think this is a fantastic idea and I have written to this organisation myself in support of the idea. I have also offered my assistance with financing the project. I am sure that it would be of great benefit to the local area for such a plaque to be placed at this or perhaps another local site (it has been suggested that a blue plaque could be situated in East Ardsley, possibly by the Railway pub, opposite the street where Ernie grew up).
No doubt there will be much discussion about the exact location of such a plaque, but the basic idea is certainly a good one. I am sure that this would add to the already considerable historical interest in our town and its surrounding area.
As well as individual memberships, Leeds Civic Trust encourages local societies and residents associations to affiliate themselves with the trust. It may be that some of Morley’s various community groups would be interested in such an affiliation. If so, more information about this can be obtained by visiting www.leedscivictrust.org.uk or by writing to Leeds Civic Trust, Leeds Heritage & Design Centre, 17/19 Wharf Street, Leeds, LS2 7EQ. (Tel. 0113 243 9594).