Author’s blue plaque tribute

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A BLUE plaque has been unveiled at the childhood home of author Alison Uttley in north Derbyshire.

Derbyshire County council leader and cabinet member for culture, Coun Andrew Lewer, took part in a ceremony to launch the plaque at Castle Top Farm, Cromford, near Matlock – Uttley’s birthplace and the inspiration for her Little Grey Rabbit stories.

He was joined by Alison Uttley’s biographer Denis Judd, president of the Alison Uttley Literary Property Trust.

Coun Lewer said: “Alison was a fascinating personality who was well known in her lifetime as an excellent author, particularly of children’s books.”

Former Blue Peter presenter Simon Groom and his wife Gilly, who live in nearby Dethick, nominated the farm for the plaque.