Should We Honour Arthur Wharton? – Update

As of yet i am awaiting an acknowledgement of my letter to South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council outlining the potential for a blue plaque being installed on 105 Clifford Street, Moorthorpe, to honour the fact that the property was once home to record breaking sprinter and the first professional black footballer, Arthur Wharton. As things stand i have received a positive response from Pontefract Civic Society who are happy to install a blue plaque (with the costs agreed upon in principle) and the charity Football Unites, Racism Divides, who have championed Arthur Wharton. This week i also received support for the project from national organisation Kick It Out. Without an agreement from South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council to support the project i am left in a position whereby almost every part of the project is agreed upon and partners are in place but with no support from the local council. With this in mind i today wrote a letter to the owners of the property, outlined below:

Dear Owners,

I am writing to you on behalf of the residents of South Kirkby and Moorthorpe and in my capacity as a member of the Yorkshire Party to seek your permission to install a blue plaque commemorating the fact that Arthur Wharton, the world’s first black professional footballer, record sprinter and cricketer, lived at 105 Clifford Street. A blue plaque is a universally recognised symbol and the Pontefract Civic Society have already agreed in principle to include Arthur Wharton in their blue plaque scheme. Nationally important football charities Kick It Out and Football Unites, Racism Divides have already pledged their support for the scheme and with your agreement this honour could be made a reality.

I must make it quite clear, i am not asking you to fund the scheme, this is important. All i am asking, at this stage, is your permission to install the plaque on the front of the property. Please get back to me on this matter at your own convenience, my email address is should you wish to respond.

Kind regards

Matthew Thomas

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