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Record number of wreaths laid for George Eliot.

THE George Eliot Fellowship were delighted with the response to their annual wreath laying at the obelisk in the George Eliot Memorial Gardens.

Sixteen wreaths were laid on behalf of local groups or institutions with links to George Eliot, her books or her name.

Chairman John Burton said: "is was the largest number of wreaths laid in many years and we are very grateful to all the groups, churches, schools and colleges, museums and societies who laid a wreath this year.

"We were also delighted that Northern Warwickshire Tourism and e Landmark Trust were able to take part for the rst time this year."

e guest of honour this year was Alex Hackitt-Anwyl. Alex was a pupil at George Eliot School and King Edward College and is now studying English and History at York University.

She has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Fellowship ever since she had a part in the college production of e Mill on the Floss and the following year in Silas Marner. She will appear as George Eliot on July 5 when the Godiva Odyssey visits Nuneaton.

After the ceremony, which was accompanied by readings from 'Silas Marner' by Juliet Hopper, and 'e Mill on the Floss' by Vivienne Wood, with prayers lead by Lynda Burton, there was tea, co"ee and cake for participants and guests at the museum.

is year there is also a wreath laying ceremony in Westminster Abbey at 6pm on ursday July 17. A coach will be taking members and friends from the Nuneaton area, dropping them o"in central London at lunchtime and collecting them from the Abbey at 7pm. Details are on the Fellowship website at www.georgeeliot.org

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George Eliot School pupilss |Abigail Goode and Lyndon Tarrant

Guest of honour |Alex Hackitt-Anwyl

Mayor Councillor |Brian Hawkes and mayoress Di Hawkes
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