A blue plaque honouring the life of historic Alnwick figure William Davison has been installed at 47 Bondgate in the town.

Now home to Alnwick Specsavers, the building was once the premises of the celebrated printer, philanthropist and pharmacist.

Local man Adrian Ions, who helped launch the bid for the heritage plaque, was there to see it finally installed with Specsavers store director Grant Welsh.

Proud moment

Grant said: ‘It gives us great pride to have William Davison’s blue plaque finally in place. It’s a wonderful tribute to such an important figure in the history of this town.

‘Among his achievements, he brought gas to the town and built a workhouse for its people.

‘As local business people we aspire to keep Alnwick thriving and we will remember the debt of gratitude we owe William each time we see his plaque.’

The plaque was funded by Baliffgate Museum, Barter Books, Inner Wheel, Alnwick Lions and Alnwick Rotary.

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