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Gracie comes home!! Late star’s birthplace marked

03 February 2017

Gracie plaque.

A memorial stone dedicated to the late Rochdale singer, actress and comedian, Gracie Fields, is on display once again at her birthplace in Molesworth Street.

The stone, which marked Gracie's birth above a fish and chip shop at the site in 1898, was moved in late 2014 to accommodate a road widening scheme.

'Stone has been cleaned and restored by specialist stonemasons'

But it has now been re-installed at the site, following cleaning and restoration by professional stonemasons.

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for culture, health and wellbeing, said: "Gracie was a major star, who went on to achieve international fame, but until recently, there was virtually nothing marking this success here in her hometown.

"I'm proud to say that we now have a splendid statue and our very own Gracie Fields purple plaque trail, which marks local places of significance to Gracie's story. This stone, which has been lovingly restored, is the final piece in that jigsaw, and reminds us where it all began."

'Restored stone complements the new Gracie Fields statue and purple plaque trail'

Anyone who would like to do the Gracie Fields purple plaque trail can pick up a leaflet at Touchstones Museum and Art Gallery, Rochdale or download it at: Blue plaques

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