Plaque honouring wartime cinema boss to be placed on Newport’s Market Hall

Written on May 12, 2021

A plaque documenting part of Newport’s wartime history has been salvaged and moved.

The plaque had occupied a large planter in the centre of Newport, honouring popular late councillor Ernest Wright.

It says: “In 1913 Ernest Wright came to Newport and opened ‘The Picture House’ cinema in the Market Hall.

“He was elected to the Newport Urban District Council in 1919, becoming chairman in 1928, and remaining so until his death in 1932.

Town and county councillors Peter Scott and Tim Nelson arranged for the plaque itself to be removed and placed on the exterior of the famous Market Hall in the town centre.

Full Story: Shropshire Star

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