By Peter Hiller

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peter.hiller@peterborough.gov.uk

‘Clare Square’ officially opened

Whilst all the council press releases have confirmed the proper name of this latest phase of Peterborough’s City centre regeneration to be Green Square, it’s already been dubbed Clare Square, after its main feature, a beautiful granite central feature which celebrates the works of Helpston’s famous son, the poet John Clare. 

PCC Leader and Glinton councillor John Holdich OBE performed the official ceremony with an address on the 15th December, accompanied by Northborough ward Cllr Peter Hiller, Hampton ward Cllr Nigel North and other guests including Deputy Mayor of the City, local primary schools and representatives from the John Clare Trust.

 

The granite circle is surrounded by sustainable hardwood benches engraved with poems written by local schoolchildren, including from the Castor CE Primary School, whose pupils were presented with a certificate by the Deputy Mayor to mark the occasion. 

 

John said: “The city centre works we’ve completed are already encouraging people to spend more time in the City and our programme continues into the New Year. This is good for visitors, businesses and good for the economy. I think this is a wonderful addition and I’m proud to have been able to declare it officially open for folk to enjoy”

 

 

Schools that contributed poetry for the benches are Thorpe Primary, Newark Hill Academy and Castor C of E.

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