Bring the George Palmer statue back home to his original position in Broad Street, Reading
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George Palmer, of Huntley & Palmer fame, is arguably Reading's most successful industrialist. But he also chose to share his fortune with the town that helped him make it, funding parks and education. A statue to celebrate his contribution was erected in Broad Street in 1891 but moved to Palmer Park in 1930 because it was causing traffic congestion. Broad Street was pedestrianised in 1995 but Reading forgot to put George back in his rightful home looking down on our main shopping street.
Reading has statues of Victoria and Edward VII, but it's George Palmer who has the potential to inspire the next generation to be successful yet community spirited at the same time. And he can best do that from his original proud and prominent plot on Broad Street in the heart of RG1.
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