A plaque to commemorate Ted Hughes’ South Yorkshire links is being unveiled today for St George’s Day.
The former poet laureate, widely regarded as one of the greatest poets in the English language, moved to Mexborough near Rotherham when he was seven, and attended Mexborough Grammar School before Cambridge University.
The plaque is being unveiled at 75 Main Street, Mexborough, Ted’s home from 1938 to 1951, where he wrote his first poems.
Sculptor Graham Ibbeson is producing a statue of the poet for Mexborough, and a public appeal for funds is also being launched.
In Sheffield, St George’s Day was being marked today with a party for residents at Eagle House old folks’ home on Stalker Lees Road off Ecclesall Road, and a fancy dress bash at St Wilfrid’s Centre for the homeless on Queens Road, attended by Sheffield United legend Tony Currie.
But shoppers on the streets of Sheffield were less keen.
Retired civil servant Richard Knighton, aged 61, of Millhouses, said: “I’m not a great fan of nationalism. I think it has been hijacked by causes like the National Front, the BNP and the EDL.”
Scott Hibberson, an e-learning advisor, aged 40, from Dinnington, said: “It’s just another day to me.”
And Naomi Wood, a student, aged 20, from Ecclesall, said: “On Saint Patrick’s day everyone knew there was an event in the city centre. I didn’t even know St George’s Day was happening.”