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Norfolk heritage champion honoured in ceremony

PUBLISHED: 11:58 23 May 2018

Dr Peter Wade-Martins (seated, right) with friends and former colleagues after the plaque unveiling. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Dr Peter Wade-Martins (seated, right) with friends and former colleagues after the plaque unveiling. Picture: Sonya Duncan

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One of Norfolk’s greatest heritage champions has been honour at a special plaque unveiling. Trevor Heaton reports.

One of Norfolk’s greatest heritage champions has been honoured with the unveiling of a plaque at a local beauty spot to celebrate his work.

Dr Peter Wade-Martins served as Director of the Norfolk Archaeological Trust for 25 years as part of a distinguished career revealing and safeguarding the county’s historic glories.

To mark his retirement as director, a plaque was unveiled at a bench at Dunston Field, which overlooks Caistor St Edmund Roman site. Dr Wade-Martins counts the purchase of the field – which is also a nature haven as well as an archaeological resource – as his ‘proudest moment’ with the trust.

During his service he also brought many other historic sites under the Trust’s wing, including Burgh Castle, St Benet’s Abbey, Middleton Mount, Fiddlers Hill, Burnham Norton Gatehouse, Bloodgate Hill and Binham Priory Gatehouse.

Watched by former colleagues, past and present trustees of the NAT, and South Norfolk councillors, the trust’s chairman Peter Griffiths paid tribute to the dedicated service of Dr Wade Martins, who cut the ribbon to unveil the plaque.

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