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Shorts plaque unveiled in Rochester

Date: 16/09/2008           Category: Adult Learning

The efforts of Britain's first aircraft manufacturers the Short brothers will be remembered with a plaque in Rochester. On Friday, 26 September at 2.15pm, the plaque will be unveiled at Shorts Reach, Esplanade, Rochester – the site of the former seaplane works from 1914 to 1948. The plaque will be unveiled by Lord Brabazon of Tara. Guests include the Mayor of Medway Cllr David Carr MP Bob Marshall Andrews, Medway Council's Chief Executive Neil Davies, Director of Regeneration and Development Robin Cooper and deputy mayor Cllr Ted Baker, as well as many ex-Short employees. Members of the media are welcome to attend. Norma Crowe, local studies librarian for Medway at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre and Chair of the Short Brothers Commemoration Society said: " Short Brothers and their workforce were pioneers, and during the years they were here in Rochester they built many innovative aircraft. "Working at Shorts had a profound influence on many people in Medway, but until now there has been no public recognition of their presence in the area. We are proud of our industrial heritage, and hope that the plaque will raise awareness of Shorts' achievements."