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Blue plaque awarded to celebrate the birth of Reliant!

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TAMWORTH’S second blue plaque is to be unveiled this weekend to celebrate the Co-Founder of Reliant.

The Blue Plaque which which has been awarded by Tamworth Heritage Trust is to be placed on the former house of a Reliant co-founder at Kettlebrook Road on Saturday, 8 July at 11am.

This Reliant prototype was built at Bro-Dawel on Kettlebrook Road. It is seen her in 1935 in Polesworth.

This Reliant prototype was built at Bro-Dawel on Kettlebrook Road. It is seen her in 1935 in Polesworth.

In June 2016 Elvis Payne, Chairman of Reliant Motor Club and local Historian; along with fellow Reliant enthusiast Mark Cropper set up Reliant Motor Club with an aim to build a large online Reliant archive of information at www.reliant.website.

To date they have over 510 documents on there and climbing.

The president for the club is former Reliant executive, Barrie Wills and H.R.H The Princess Royal also accepted honorary membership to the club earlier this year

Speech Bubble, Tamworth InformedElvis told Tamworth Informed: “The club aims to capture the history of Reliant for both this generation and the next and so one of our main ambitions was to campaign for a blue plaque to be placed on Tom Williams’ former house, Bro-Dawel, at 29 Kettlebrook Road.

“In 1934, he and Ewart. S. Thompson built the first Reliant prototype in the back garden in a brick shed, which is still standing!  The van was then registered in January 1935.

“The Reliant Motor Club joined the Tamworth Heritage Trust last year and with the Trust we have been working together to get a blue plaque placed.  We were delighted when it was then accepted by the committee if the Tamworth Heritage Trust.”

Bro-Dawel at Kettlebrook Road where the first Reliant prototype was built in 1934 and registered in January 1935

Bro-Dawel at Kettlebrook Road where the first Reliant prototype was built in 1934 and registered in January 1935

The blue plaque will bear the names of the Tamworth Heritage Trust and the Reliant Motor Club.

It will be officially unveiled by Pat Afford, daughter of Reliant co-founder E.S.Thompson at 11am on 8th July 2017.

A number of former Reliant employees have been invited and  they would like to invite more along so that they can meet up with former employees and share their stories.

The house is currently owned by Marc and Jaymie Rogers and they are delighted that the house is being awarded the plaque.  They have assisted in every way to help achieve the goal of the plaque being placed

Despite its historical importance, Tamworth only has one blue plaque which is on the Bank House in Ladybank so this will be the second blue plaque in Tamworth.

People can find out more about the event by visiting the Tamworth Heritage Trust hub in the Middle Entry, Tamworth or online at www.reliant.website

Pat Afford (left) taking a peek at the plaque prior to unveiling.  On the right is Elvis' wife, Caroline Payne who is also the Secretary of the Reliant Motor Club, and 6 year old son Harvey Payne.

Pat Afford (left) taking a peek at the plaque prior to unveiling.  On the right is Elvis’ wife, Caroline Payne who is also the Secretary of the Reliant Motor Club, and 6 year old son Harvey Payne.

 

 

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