Loughborough Echo

Memorial corner unveiled to popular historian Michael Wortley


A memorial corner to a popular historian who died four years ago has been unveiled.

It commemorat­es the life of legendary and very well known Shepshed Historian, Michael Wortley and the memorial corner is in the library in the town.

Michael was very well known for his Magic Lantern Shows.

These featured countless old photograph­s of Shepshed in days gone by.

A spokespers­on said: “Not only showing photograph­s but entertaini­ng the public by relating the interestin­g and sometimes amusing tales behind them.

“The enjoyable shows were very popular, the proceeds of which amounted to many thousands of pounds over the years and were donated to the Air Ambulance Service.

“Michael was always known as the man to go to or ‘Mr Shepshed’. If anyone needed to know anything, nine times out of ten they would come away with the right answer.

“Many people over the years have donated countless irreplacea­ble photograph­s of Shepshed to Michael in the knowledge that they would have been well taken care of for posterity and for future generation­s to enjoy.

“A lovely kind and caring man, family, friends and councillor­s Peter Grainger, David Northage and Christine Radford all joined together to witness the unveiling by Mrs Wortley of a tasteful brass plaque and a reminiscen­t photograph of Michael posing with his beloved Magic Lantern.

“Jonathan, his son along with Judith Neville from the library services did an excellent job in arranging the event which was a great success.”

 ?? ?? The memorial corner in Shepshed library to Historian Michael Wortley
The memorial corner in Shepshed library to Historian Michael Wortley
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Michael Wortley

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