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Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 2007

As I reflected on 'famous sons and daughters of Nuneaton', I came up with a short list. George Eliot/Mary Anne Evans, Larry Grayson, Ken Loach. George Eliot must have cut quite an unconventional figure in her day. Larry Grayson, that rather gentle…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 1984

I am delighted to be here this afternoon to lay the annual wreath at this ceremony, which was for so long and so happily associated with my mother. As a child I was not over-encouraged to read the works of George Eliot, but I did, so to speak, grow…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 2006

May I begin by thanking the Fellowship for the invitation to be the principal guest at the annual wreath-laying ceremony. My association with today's event goes back over a number of years bringing students to lay a floral tribute at the obelisk.…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 2004

I am honoured and delighted to be here today to pay tribute to my great-great-grandfather, George Henry Lewes, and to George Eliot in the year that marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of their life together. From an early age they have been…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 2003

It is now I suppose more than six months since Kathleen asked me to deliver this address and whilst I have given the task much thought, it is only now, a few days before the event, that I am committing myself to paper. I followed my usual course when…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 2002

I thought that I would talk today about a previously unexplored topic - George Eliot and cats. Unfortunately I find that the reason why the topic is previously unexplored is that George Eliot, unlike the other Eliot, had very little, or possibly…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 2001

Wherefore we come to lay this laurel wreath - Humbly, in reparation for the past, Proudly, in honour of thy worth, With Reverence, as believing still In beauty, truth and love. George Eliot, or Mary Ann Evans as she was known when she lived here in…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 2000

To be asked to lay a wreath and say a few words in celebration of George Eliot, the great authoress, is an honour, I am sure that most of you here today have much more knowledge and understanding of her life and works than I do. But having spent my…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 1999

We are here today to celebrate the life and works of George Eliot. 'I have heard of him, of course, but I have never read any of his books' - that is the expression that I, and many of the guides at Arbury hear when we mention the connection that…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 1998

In paying tribute to George Eliot today we acknowledge a debt of gratitude owed to her for the legacy of wonderful novels which have enriched so many lives during both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As we approach the twenty-first century I…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 1997

I am deeply grateful for the honour of being invited to lay a wreath in memory of George Eliot, and to lay it in a place that meant so much to her... Nuneaton. Before the heavens opened, I pictured us all gathered outside surrounded by green grass,…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 1996

Yesterday evening Pat Williams and I much enjoyed performing our recital based on George Eliot's words and on her concert-going and home musical entertainment experiences. Usually a recital programme of this kind is given once and never heard again…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 1995

For those of you who don't know who I am, I am currently the Managing Agent on the Arbury Estate, where I am lucky enough to live in South Farm, which will be familiar to you all as the birthplace of Mary Ann Evans. I arrived at Arbury approximately…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 1993

Mr Chairman, Mr Mayor, Madam Mayoress, Ladies and Gentlemen, I feel particularly honoured by the invitation to address this distinguished annual gathering, not least because, nowadays at any rate, I have no pretensions to literary scholarship.…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 1992

I am honoured to have been asked to lay a wreath in memory of George Eliot this afternoon. And, I can truly say, I do it in grateful memory. Not many years ago I would have to have confessed that I had not yet read any of her novels. On…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 1991

We are here this morning to remember a great English novelist, and one of the most formidable intellectuals of her day. It is appropriate that we should do so in Nuneaton, close to South Farm, Arbury, where Mary Ann Evans was born, and also close to…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 1990

I count it a great honour to be here to pay tribute to George Eliot and especially as it is shortly to be the Diamond Jubilee of the Fellowship, founded by the late Francis Cross in 1930. I cannot claim to be the oldest member, either in years or in…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 1989

I felt greatly honoured when I was invited to lay the Fellowship's wreath at today's ceremony. It was much later, when considering this address, that I realised I had studied none of George Eliot's works and had read very few. However, I did know…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 1988

In the short time at my disposal I would like to talk briefly about four aspects of my interest in George Eliot and this area, from the standpoint of my position as chairman of The Bedworth Society. The four are the buildings in Bedworth; the…

Wreath Laying at George Eliot Memorial Gardens: 1983

"It is indeed a deeply emotional experience to be here today, to honour a woman of unusual ability and achievement. When my sister and I were small children, our English grandmother, who came to the States as an elderly woman, kept us enthralled with…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 1982

As a relative newcomer to George Eliot, I am greatly honoured to be Guest of Honour today. When I first decided to undertake the portrait many friends and associates asked, "Why George Eliot? Surely you would find more beauty in many other subjects?"…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 1981

Mr. Tennyson began his address by congratulating the Fellowship on the number of members gathered to mark George Eliot's birthday; the Tennyson Annual Dinner had been attended by only 30 people! During the adaptation of Middlemarch for BBC Radio in…

Address at the Westminster Abbey Wreath Laying, 1986

ROSEMARY MARTIN was our Guest of Honour. She had been invited because of her very sympathetic portrayal of Dolly Winthrop in the BBC Television film of 'Silas Marner' - a much loved character with a special place in George Eliot's novel. After she…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 1986

Almost twenty years ago, for the first time, I joined the small group of admirers who annually pay tribute to the memory of Nuneaton's famous daughter. It is perhaps fitting that my last public duty, albeit as ex-Curator, should be connected with…