Town gears up to celebrate famous son

Next weekend will see the centenary celebrations to Sidmouth’s most-famous son, RF Delderfield.

Marion Lindsey-Noble, who wrote a biography of the man known for such titles as A Horseman Riding By and Worm’s Eye View, has planned a day of events at Kennaway House.

The organisers have received messages of support from celebrities such as Patsy Kensit and Nigel Havers, which will be read out by an actress on the day.

The celebrations will include performances of Delderfield’s play Sailors Beware! by members of Sidmouth Amateur Dramatic Society, and guided tours through Sidmouth focussing on places and residences connected to the author and his family.

Sally Sedgman, who was the basis for one of Delderfield’s characters, will speak about her association with the family, and, health permitting, Veronica and Richard Persse, his daughter and son-in-law will be attending as well.

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Marion said the Delderfield Centenary Team were getting very excited as preparations for the day neared completion, adding: “It promises to be a fabulous day; a fitting tribute to one of Sidmouth’s most famous and popular residents.”

She wanted to thank some of the sponsors, including Richard Eley of Delderfield’s shop in the town, Sidmouth Town Council and the Rotary Club.

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Some tickets are still available from Paragon Books, High Street, and from Kennaway House priced at �5.

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