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Statue of Sir Walter Raleigh    Unveiling Ceremony

The Duke of Kent arriving in East Budleigh accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of the County.Most people remember Sir Walter Raleigh for having introduced tobacco and potatoes from the New World to Europe. Tobacco plants can be found growing wild around Hayes Barton to this day.                                                                         Hanneke Coates.

Our MP Hugo Swire introduces the Duke of Kent, while the sculptor and the Parish Chairman looks on. This must be one of the historic moments in the long history of the village, made possible by the tireless efforts of our MP, who lobbied Ken Clarke MP to obtain the funds. Half the village attended the ceremony and at last we have a  permanent reminder that this village is the birthplace of Sir Walter Raleigh.

The Dedication Service over, the guests and our MP make their way to the site of the statue.

The Statue in place!