Still time to vote for Melton’s historic Swan Porch to receive prestigious green plaque

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There’s still time for Melton people to vote for one of the town’s most historically important features to be recognised with a green plaque.

Leicestershire County Council’s Green Plaque Awards scheme recognises individuals or properties which have played an important role in Leicestershire life.

A shortlist of 12 people and places - including Swan Porch in Melton’s Market Place - are now seeking public votes to stand a chance of receiving a green plaque.

People across the county are being encouraged to vote for their six favourite nominees online or at their local library. The deadline for voting is Monday, April 6.

Swan Porch had a pivotal part in an incident which sparked the popular saying ‘Painting the Town Red’ and has played a main part in the heritage of Melton Mowbray.

The phrase came about after a public disturbance in Melton town centre in 1837 when a drunken group of upper class revellers, led by the Marquis of Waterford, literally ‘painted’ the town red. The revelry culminated with the Marquis being hoisted up by his pals on to Swan Porch before daubing that red as well.

Police constables were unable to prevent the antics and even suffered the humiliation of being painted themselves!

A fire damaged Swan Porch in September 1985 but the original effigy of the swan was restored and the red paint was revealed during the work.

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