GALLERY: March celebrates its history with plaque unveiling at medieval Stone Cross

DOZENS gathered to toast March’s history on Wednesday as a plaque was unveiled at the town’s medieval Stone Cross.

March Rotary Club raised about �1,000 to build the stone plinth, with a plaque explaining the history of the cross in The Causeway.

It was unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire Hugh Duberly during a ceremony attended by a host of guests and dignitaries.

The past of the historic cross is still debated. Some believe it indicates the existence of an early market, while others think it might have been a memorial to King Edward IV. It is thought to have existed since some time between 1476 and 1500.

The plaque, which also celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, was unveiled to increase awareness of the cross’ existence - and March turned out in force on Wednesday.

Peter English, of the Stone Cross Committee, addressed the crowds before Mr Duberly unveiled the plaque and made a speech.

Rotary club president Ross Davies presented the plaque to the town and Councillor Jan French, Mayor of March, thanked them for the gift.

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Rev David Thomson, Bishop of Huntingdon, led a blessing before visitors enjoyed tea at St Wendreda’s Church Hall.

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