Last year we realised that we were unlikely to reach our target funding anytime soon and offered donors to the KFMP the opportunity to have their donations returned or to allow us to use the money to pay for a portrait plaque to be mounted outside the house where the Floyds lived in Wiveliscombe. This could encourage renewed interest in the project through publicity or, failing that, would be a fitting memorial to Keith and an accountable use of the money so far raised.
Unfortunately, some donors, two of whom regarded themselves close friends of Keith, asked for their money to be returned. However, we are not discouraged and after many months working on another project, progress has been made and the portrait plaque created.
The site we had in mind – 16 Silver Street – is no longer available for the plaque as the owners of the property have reviewed their acceptance and declined the idea but another site has been found and agreed. This is at the top of the same street, near the town centre and, being on a through route, will be obvious to more passers-by or visitors than the original choice. The legend beneath the plaque will read:-
“ During his schooldays Keith lived with his family inSilver Street–a time he remembered with fondness”
No date has yet been fixed for the mounting of the plaque but it is likely to be during the week beginning 9th December 2013.This will happily coincide with what would have been Keith’s 70th birthday on the 28th December. There is no intention to have a ‘grand unveiling’ because we feel that we are in a compromise position compared with the erection of a life-size bronze statue but we will ensure full publicity coverage once the work is complete. Watch this space.