Leicestershire County Council have announced that Victorian philanthropist and social reformer Charles Booth will be honoured by becoming one of the first six recipients of the authorities prestigious 'Green Plaque' scheme.
Booth, a successful businessman who lived in Thringstone, organised and funded a survey on poverty and was instrumental in the introduction of the universal old age pension.
The plaques whose recipients were voted for by Leicestershire residents are aimed at recognising the significant contributions made by notable places and people in the county.
Chair of Friends of Thringstone Nita Pearson said “Friends of Thringstone is exceptionally pleased to learn that Charles Booth has been granted a Green Plaque. As a village, we are incredibly proud of our association with the Booth family. Charles Booth did a lot for the village, but also gave to the nation as a whole by working to highlight the issues of poverty."
Ray Woodward, District Councillor for Whitwick, who also nominated Mr Booth commented “This is wonderful news! It recognises Charles Booth as the entrepreneur and philanthropist who gave the community centre to the local area.”
Charles Booth is in prestigious company as a recipient of the award. Plaques have also been announced for Brigadier-General James Lochhead Jack, Dambuster pilot Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Rice, missionary Alice Young, founder of Monty Python Graham Chapman and the John Taylor Bellfoundary of Loughborough.