Tug Wilson, Commemorative Plaque?


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I always thought there should be a plaque to commemorate Tug somewhere on the Square.

Theres even a plaque to commemorate Frank the Xylophone Man!

Is there one for Tug?

Tug is mentioned in many places here, and is held in high regard.

What do you recon that we have a whip round and try to arrange one?

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Tug Wilson standing in Old Market Square , Nottingham 1982

Dan Hyndman (1940s Uniform) and Geoff Baker.

I remember me mam telling me that she was sitting in the Square one day wearing a pair of pointed shoes, when Tug Wilson came up to her and said ' do your toes go all the way to the ends'. To which sh

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Many years ago the City Council did put up green plaques commemorating well (and not so well known locals) and I could have sworn that there was one for Tug.

That said I've never actually seen it so it's either tucked away and needs to be moved to somewhere a bit more accessible or its been taken down at sometime and not replaced.

I'd like to see a plaque outside Nottingham Central (City Police HQ) commemorating the history of the force. Maybe might encourage those inside to emulate their illustrious predecessors.

And yes I'd contribute.

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The project aims to establish a city-centre walk marked by 30 plaques — some are already in place — and will also take in nine tourist centres. The walk will start and finish in the Old Market Square and will be supported by a map to guide visitors around the points of interest.

It will start at a plaque to be placed in the square in memory of ‘Tug' Wilson, the 6ft 8in PC who was a well known figure as he patrolled the city centre during the 1950s and 1960s. There will be another plaque in the square for T Cecil Howitt, designer of the Council House.

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Whilst appreciating that Tug's height and his demeanour made him an instant attraction to those in Slab Square, I felt rather sorry for the colleagues who often accompanied him.

Once knew a PC (Tony Twigg?) who worked with him...he said it was akin to being the 'minder' to a film star, as they strolled around the Square!

Cheers

Robt P.

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OK, here's the gen.

When the Evening Post polled its readers about whom to commemorate with plaques in and around the city centre Tug came out top.

Unfortunately when Northcliffe took over the Post they decided to withdraw their sponsorship for the scheme - so the plaques were never installed.

On reflection putting up a plaque may not be as straightforward as it first seems.

First you need to get planning permission, then there's the cost of the plaque itself and finally the cost of installation and all that doesn't come cheap when your dealing with public bodies.

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This does not suprise me in the least.

As for planning permission, I would think this would apply if you tried to get it on the Council house.

Do other businesses have to apply for planning permision to put up their signs.

I am sure we could find one business on the square that would host the plaque.

Did Frank Xylophone mans plaque need planning permission?

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Perhaps an idea to have a word with Nottscops on this one. Plenty of ex-City people there.

Leeds Civic Trust http://www.leedscivictrust.org.uk/ has a scheme which allows the public to nominate and sponsor Blue Plaques.

It costs £600 (hardly a King's ransom) to manufacture, install and pay for future maintenance.

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Maybe you could also ask them to reinstate the Blue Police box outside of Yates and then put the plaque on that? - just a thought.

Thats where I always remember him standing.

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The Police Box in the 90s was stood at Headquarters, Sherwood Lodge, and was being

restored at that time. Where it is now? Who Knows?

Regarding Leed CityCouncil, Notts SHOULD do that?

And Memories of Tug o/s the box

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http://www.nottscops.co.uk

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The Police Box in the 90s was stood at Headquarters, Sherwood Lodge, and was being

restored at that time. Where it is now? Who Knows?

Regarding Leed CityCouncil, Notts SHOULD do that?

And Memories of Tug o/s the box

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http://www.nottscops.co.uk

The thing is, if there were a plaque, the rset of the force would have to look up to him. Come to think of it, that is how it used to be - everyone did look up to him. Yes, let's have the box, the plaque and a police force with men in it half as good as Tug! Incidentally, at 5' 6" I seem to remember coming to just above his knees......

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The Police Box in the 90s was stood at Headquarters, Sherwood Lodge, and was being

restored at that time. Where it is now? Who Knows?

Regarding Leed CityCouncil, Notts SHOULD do that?

And Memories of Tug o/s the box

001.jpg

http://www.nottscops.co.uk

I like the Nottscops site too - I wish I could remember more of the names of the people I knew!

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The Police box has been fully restored and stands outside headquarters at Burnstump, between Nottm and Mansfield.

Images Courtesy of Ady Clare

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Is that David Tennant (Doctor Who) I can see poking his head through the window?

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Is that David Tennant (Doctor Who) I can see poking his head through the window?

If you keep looking, you'll see that the tree is slowly getting closer to the box - whatever you do don't blink!!

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And is that a little yellow Dalek peeping from behind the tree in picture two?

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And who put a computer monitor on the floor to the front of it , It's not exactly going to use it !!!

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Tug will be spinning in his grave at "his" box being relocated to "sheep dipper" country.

Tug was a City man through and through and got into a wee bit of trouble for wearing his old City insignia years after the amalgamation with the county sheep dippers.

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Most City men were Ex Guards.

There was a lesser height restriction of 5'8" in the county, The Short Arses.

Now there is no height restriction, they are midgets.

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Most City men were Ex Guards.

There was a lesser height restriction of 5'8" in the county, The Short Arses.

Now there is no height restriction, they are midgets.

That police site - there's a picture of some Notts Cops - and they are tall!

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I too like the old colour blue better and agree it should be back in the square. Nottscops site is good, saw a few names I remember from the 60's (Stuart Argyle and Jimmy Mckinley)

Val

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