The Beaconsfield Society will honour beloved children’s author Enid Blyton with a commemorative plaque this year. The Society, which held an Enid Blyton Celebration Week last year, will unveil the memorial in a ceremony in the garden in front of the town hall.
Kari Dorme, who was on the committee for the Enid Blyton Celebration last year said: “Enid Blyton will have been at last, properly acknowledged by and seen to be belonging to Beaconsfield.”
“I thought it was pretty dire the town had nothing to honour her,” she added “When you think of what they have made of Roald Dahl down the road [a museum is dedicated to the author] that’s millions of pounds of business going into Great Missenden. We needed to recognise she was a great children’s writer and has encouraged many thousands of children to read – she’s a real page turner and leads you onto other things.”
Ms. Dorme is hoping the success of last year’s event will lead to an annual Enid Blyton celebration.
Beaconsfield was home to Green Hedges, where Enid lived from 1938 until her death in 1968. Green Hedges was named by Enid’s fans after she ran a competition in the weekly Sunny Stories magazine and was the home of her most famous creations, Noddy, The Secret Seven and The Famous Five. The house was demolished in 1973 to make way for new development, now named Blyton close. A replica of Green Hedges can be seen at Bekonscot, the town’s model village.